To maintain a high level of customer service and product quality for the business going forward, Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto (STANLEY Security’s new service director) is concentrating on raising customer support levels, efficiency and Health and Safety practices at the same time as driving forward product development within the company.
Hodgkinson-Soto has worked at STANLEY Security since 2015, previously serving as an installation manager in the US. After moving back to the UK where he was born, Hodgkinson-Soto joined STANLEY Security’s British operation last year in the role of service director.
Recognising the “large learning curve” engendered by this promotion, Hodgkinson-Soto embraces the challenge and brings with him considerable skills and enthusiasm which are already beginning to bear fruit.
“Earlier in my career, I worked within the hotel industry and learned a lot about customer service,” stated Hodgkinson-Soto. “I’m looking to bring some of these aspects to the security industry which appears to me to be lacking in excellent customer service across the board. With the backing of the full STANLEY team, including our new general manager Matthew Marriott, it’s my intention to ensure that we lead the way here and stand out from other players in the market.”
Hodgkinson-Soto is working closely alongside Leanne Taylor, head of customer service, to achieve these goals. The duo have already introduced the Customer First programme which moves away from traditional reactionary models in customer service to a more advanced proactive approach. Customer First is a wide sweeping programme addressing all areas of STANLEY’s customer service, from a Customer Discussion Guide aimed at maintaining positive contact with customers throughout their contract period right through to a Bespoke Management service for those customers that require more focused attention.
With responsibilities for a field service team comprising 110 engineers and associated regional managers across Britain, Hodgkinson-Soto is also concentrating on improving efficiency among that team by ensuring constituent members have the right equipment to perform their tasks and meet customers’ expectations.
As part of this, Hodgkinson-Soto has introduced an engineer training programme, which will instil engineers with additional knowledge via courses paid for by STANLEY. Hodgkinson-Soto is also looking to create a more formalised career path for engineers to recognise and reward their skills and experience.
Investing in the employees
“Investing in our employees is a priority,” stated Hodgkinson-Soto, “as they not only undertake the work on the ground, but are also our company ambassadors who have the most direct contact with customers. We want them to be the best in the business and fly the flag for STANLEY Security.”
Hodgkinson-Soto’s remit as service director at STANLEY Security also includes overseeing Health and Safety, training and technology, in addition to quality and compliance for the business.
With all of these activities initiated in a relatively short time, Hodgkinson-Soto has plenty of plans for the future, including the formation of a remote maintenance team to specialise in resolving system issues without physical proximity. This will save resources and time for both STANLEY Security and its customers. He’s also working with the product team to develop new cutting-edge solutions for security and beyond.
“Since joining,” concluded Hodgkinson-Soto, “I’ve been working towards internal developments which aim to uphold STANLEY’s position in the market and also to set us apart as a true forward-thinking leader. It’s only by continuously strengthening our core internal practices that we can raise our game to excel at serving our customers. We believe in the necessity of constant improvement to stay ahead. It’s challenging and demanding, but we have the right team in place, the right attitude and the capability.”