She might be one of the few women in her field but that’s never been an issue for our “SuperSealer” of the month! We sat down with Alicia Arredondo López, Sales Manager for Mexico, and chatted to her about her job, the challenges facing Trelleborg Pipe Seals in Mexico and more.
Who are you?
My name is Alicia Arredondo López. I am 41 and the Sales Manager for Mexico.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a mechanical-electrical engineer and I started my career working for the textile industry in 1997. In 1999, I made the switch to the rubber seals industry, working first in production and then in quality.
In 2011, I started working with MaxSeal Internacional. You can say that that was when I first started working for Trelleborg since we were a distributor for Trelleborg products! Trelleborg later acquired MaxSeal and that’s when I officially became a Trelleborg employee.
What are your tasks and responsibilities at Trelleborg Pipe Seals?
As sales manager, my key task every month is to take care of current clients and to look for new ones and, in doing so, meet potential customers. I am also in charge of new project development, as well as logistics for the delivery of goods to our clients in Mexico.
In addition, I look after the administration of the Trelleborg pipe seals warehouse in León. Located in central Mexico, this facility is the center of our distribution for the whole of Mexico. While the financial side of this warehouse is handled by our administrative department in Tijuana, I oversee its inventory and purchasing.
What do you like about working with Trelleborg?
What I like best about Trelleborg is the innovation in its products. In every application and development, you can find something innovative that distinguishes it and sets it apart from other products on the market.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
The key challenge, of course, is to convince clients to choose our products! Mexico is a very competitive market and there are other companies that sell similar products at a lower price and just few cents less can spoil your negotiation.
It is thus very important that our products are seen as the best option for clients -- both in terms of innovation, quality and the service we can offer.
What we want to do is enhance our share of the market and, also, enter into new sectors we are not currently in at the moment and to do this with innovative products.
What do you do in your free time?
What do you mean by free time? I am married and I have two children aged 14 and 9. I also have two pets. How can I have free time with all of them to look after?