Paul McKernan has worked at some of Northern Ireland’s fastest growing companies over the last 17 years since graduating from the Jordanstown campus of Ulster University. As Head of IT at Westland Horticulture in Dungannon he implemented two ERP systems and was heavily involved in the takeover of three competitor businesses and the opening of a 500,000 square foot warehouse in England, at a time when the business grew at a staggering rate.
Paul then moved on to Chain Reaction Cycles, the world’s largest online cycling retailer, where he operated as Head of Trading, helping a team of buyers and merchandisers meet the challenging daily sales targets and ensure that the business held the optimum stock mix and level of demand while still availing of one-off ‘clearance’ deals to encourage growth. The role involved selling to over 180 different territories in 52 currencies with 90,000 items of stock available for sale at any one time. This brought with it significant focus on daily administration and people management. Working with others in the business to keep the product range relevant, in stock and attractive to the customer within one of Northern Ireland’s major success stories was a great experience for Paul.
Now working as Joint Managing Director within STATSports, the Newry based sports technology company, Paul is helping the business to continue its phenomenal growth trajectory whilst also managing the many challenges that this brings. With the workforce tripling in the last 12 months, implementation of a new ERP system, a move to new offices and the release of the company’s cutting edge APEX Athlete Series product for the individual athlete, it has been an extremely busy year for the business.
Paul will give us an insight into the STATSports humble beginnings in Newry and its fascinating journey to becoming the world’s leading GPS player tracking and analysis company that now has offices in Ireland, London, Chicago and Florida.