Jana Ritter is one of the latest additions to our EMEA sales group. Based in Chateau-Arnoux, France, she shares what it’s like working in her new role.
What did you think you would be doing 5 years ago?
Working in an R&D laboratory for a pharmaceutical company.
Best class you took that helped you in your new role?
All classes that taught logical thinking: always rely on data before jumping into conclusions.
Best advise starting out?
Keep learning from everybody you meet. Listen to people.
First app you check in the morning?
Favorite pod cast?
I don’t listen to pod casts so much. I prefer music.
I am listening to what the most right now?
Eddy de Pretto.
Best part about traveling?
Meeting new people & seeing new places.
Cities listed in your weather app?
Les Mees/France (where I live), Atlanta, Paris, Berlin.
When traveling I wish I had more time to?
Exercise and to sightsee.
I found it best not to travel with this?
Safety shoes! They take so much space, but unfortunately I have to carry them around most times.
How many languages do you speak?
German, French & English.
Favorite food you cannot get back home?
Best way to contact customers: text or email?
E-mail and phone calls but not text.
When visiting a customer, I like to what?
Listen to their experience. See their production lines and try to help them solve any kind of issues.
I prefer taxis or Uber
Uber is much more convenient to me.
The airport I try and stay away from?
I do not like Paris Charles-De-Gaulle at all. I try to avoid it.
What’s an outdated piece of tech you’re not willing to give up yet?
My MP3 player, so I don’t have to take my phone when I go for a run and want to listen to music.
Favorite sales tool?
A face-to-face meeting with the customer.
Easy place to travel?
France, Germany, or any country where people speak good English. Otherwise, it can become difficult to get around.
I get my industry news from?
Nonwovens-Industry Magazine – the E-mail newsletter.
I wish the soft disposables industry had more?
Women in the engineering teams.
Favorite place you have visited so far?
India was definitely the most interesting one.
I don’t leave home without this?
My favorite pair of Levis Jeans.
What Osprey product do wish customers would buy more?
Air System Diagnostics Kits. It would help them troubleshoot & solve their airflow-related issues.
Best part about my job?
Every day at work is different and never boring.
Best part about working with Osprey?
The team, and the confidence and responsibilities I am given.
I did not think I would be doing this so much.