It was the innovative technology that lured Axon procurement account manager Adam Taylor into IT. He initially wanted to be a travel agent.
“I did a tourism course and decided it wasn’t for me. It looks glamorous but they don’t get paid that much.”
The 29-year-old Gisborne native moved to Auckland in 1997 and landed a purchasing and inventory job at Sealcorp Computer Products.
“They were a distributor like Ingram Micro and I was there for two years.”
Taylor then worked for Sealcorp’s sister company Accpac International in Australia in a sales support and customer service role for its accounting software.
“I supported the account manager and business development manager. Australia was great but there were elements of New Zealand I did miss.”
Taylor’s love for New Zealand led him to taking a job with Axon in 2003, where he has held various roles.
“Initially I was a procurement sales specialist and then I went into a team leader role for our outsource business. Now it’s a procurement account manager role.”
The technology and people is what Taylor enjoys about his job.
“It’s how the technology can help us now and the rate at which it is changing. There are so many changes from one desktop refresh to the next. You see technology that comes out and the price point is really high and then two years later it has significantly reduced.”
Relationship building is also important for Taylor who enjoys going out to meet clients, vendors and distributors.
“For me it’s vital to have a tight relationship [with] vendors and suppliers. I don’t think it’s good for either party to be too complacent with that.”
Vendor debriefs meanwhile show support to channel partners, he adds.
Overall, Taylor finds the technology industry exciting.
“Companies rely on technology to survive, so you do have a sense of involvement. That means giving customers peace of mind when they’re dealing with you. These days, customers are a lot more up to date with technology and know what they want.”
Turning to the future, Taylor says he would like to stay with Axon as it is innovative around client needs and technology, while having a flat management structure. “With other organisations the management structure can be quite dense, but Axon [management] really does have an open-door policy. They do listen if things aren’t working or things could be done better.”
Away from work Taylor spends a lot of time with family and friends and he has a keen interest in local and international politics. “I think the National party will win this year because Labour has annoyed various people in various camps and it’s a good for a change now and then.”
Exploring New Zealand and the Pacific is another favourite pursuit.
“I do a bit of domestic travel as I like to see our country. When I was younger I never used to, but I think we’ve got a really beautiful country here and we do take it for granted. I really enjoy visiting the Pacific Islands such as Tonga and Niue.”
Taylor has also become involved with Polynesian cultural events.
“I have an event coming up centred around the King of Tonga’s birthday in Tonga. There is a lot of preparation to do from here and liaising with the Tourism Visitors Bureau and the Ministry of Tourism. What I like about the Tonga culture is they’re always humble, welcoming and inclusive.”
Learning about the past is also an interest.
“Things that are relevant to me like the history of Gisborne and the East Coast are interesting, but I also like national and international history too.”
And he enjoys going back to Gisborne to visit.
“I like the fact that you can arrange to meet someone and you can leave home five minutes before that meeting time as opposed to Auckland where you have to allow half an hour. It’s really laid back and most people keep to the speed limit as well which is great.”