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1 year Vimcar in the UK

Next to the DACH region, the UK is currently the second core market for the Vimcar sales team. After our first year active in the UK, we did a short retrospective with our UK Country Manager, Ronald Clancy, to hear his insights on the successes and challenges of this exciting first year.

Vimcar has now been live in the UK for 1 year! Looking back, how did the year go?

Removing the large global pandemic and recession shaped elephant in the room, overall I would say it was a very good year. At the start of 2020 there was no one fully focused directly on the UK market and next month there will be 14 UK specific team members and we’re still growing. Everyone has done an exceptional job building a real collaborative, caring and supportive team atmosphere. Joining a new company can be stressful enough as it is but doing it remotely, during a global pandemic (with all it’s doubt and isolation) and many members of the team having moved to Berlin not knowing anyone is super difficult. I’ve been amazed by the resilience in the team. It is one of the best teams I have worked in.

I could write something in line with a 19th century Russian novel here with everything we have learned but I think the key thing is how much our clients in the UK love the Fleet Geo product. Product and Tech have done a really fantastic job with the simplicity, design and ease of use and they have added some great additional functionalities over the past year. With some tinkering to our market positioning at the end of Q3 last year Marketing is now generating lots of great leads and the Sales team is smashing them out of the park. The results can be seen in the growing number of new clients joining us, the Trust Pilot reviews we’ve been getting and the testimonials.

What exciting challenges are ahead for Team UK?

I wouldn’t call it a challenge, more so a fantastic opportunity but we are about to see the launch of Admin in the UK along with some other fantastic functionalities which will have a huge impact in terms of the customers we will be able to attract and the revenue we will be able to generate, so we are super excited about that. The benefits of vehicle tracking to most is quite obvious and communicating it to prospects can be quite straightforward, however admin and the combination of the package adds another massive layer of benefits to our prospects and clients and communicating this to them will be a great test for our Marketing, Customer Success and Sales functions, which I’m incredibly confident they will meet.

Have you managed to find deep fried haggis in Berlin over the last year?

I did! There is a Scottish Bar in Brunnenviertel called „Hirsch and Hase“ which does deep fried haggis balls with a whisky and peppercorn sauce as a starter. Sehr lecker. It also shows egg chucking on the TV if anyone else is into that.

Vimcar employee Ronald Clancy (Country Manager UK)

Ronald Clancy (Country Manager UK)

Thanks Ronald! Have we raised your interest? Then click here to see the open positions in our DACH and UK sales teams. Let’s grow together! We are looking forward to meeting you.

Grafik Plastikmüll verhindern

Vimcar’s Earth Week 2021

At Vimcar, we are passionate about sustainability and environmental protection. For example, we recently began electrifying our own fleet to reduce our emissions. This year, we also participated in Acton Capital’s one week Climate Challenge in collaboration with the LFCA.

We wanted to work together as a company to figure out how we can raise awareness and reduce our individual plastic consumption.

Our Challenge began on April 12, 2021 with a collection/comparison week where all of us at Vimcar observed our regular plastic consumption. At the end of the collection/comparison week, we then documented our consumption in liters. On average, each person consumed 22.5 liters of plastic during the week.

We actively exchanged ideas and quickly found out which packaging was wasteful or double-packed.

The following week was all about reducing plastic waste. We tried to accomplish this by shopping in stores where groceries were unpackaged or resorted to available alternatives at conventional supermarkets.

Many reported that it was difficult to get food in alternative packaging to plastic at conventional supermarkets.

„It was difficult for some products, mainly in the supermarket! There are not many options in a normal supermarket which are using less plastic. But that was an incentive to use the opportunity to go to unpacked supermarkets more often. „

– Vimcar employee, Anonymous

In addition, the products in alternative supermarkets, the unpacked stores, are significantly more expensive. This is a major barrier for many to avoid plastic regularly.

Food orders also demonstrated the use of unnecessary plastic. For example, each food item is often packaged separately in plastic.

„The most difficult part was probably that you are not able to control delivery services; I once ordered food and received everything wrapped in individual plastic bags which has been frustrating. I believe that delivery services can really be ahead of the game if they consider the environment prospectively and try to avoid plastic where possible. „

– Vimcar employee, Anonymous

At the end of the week, we were able to reduce our overall plastic consumption by 47% per individual.

Which means that on average, everyone consumed 11 liters less of plastic during the saving week. We are proud of that!

We asked ourselves where we as a company could save or even avoid the use of plastic even more efficiently. There were many ideas on this, which we took to heart and would like to try to implement.

The exchange here at Vimcar has shown us what we can all do to save plastic and thus actively contribute to environmental protection – at home and at work. We are excited about how many good ideas we have been able to collect together in order to protect our environment. After all, we only have this one.

How do you deal with plastic consumption/waste? Have you already started to make your life a little more plastic-free?

Share with us your experiences in terms of environmental protection via Instagram using the hashtag #noplasticwaste. We are happy if we can learn something from you – sharing is caring.

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Landing Page Careers Page Vimcar

New Careers Page is now online!

More stories, more transparency and more ways to get detailed information about Vimcar.

One of our resolutions for 2021 is to continue to approach our applicants and potential new employees with maximum transparency before and during the application process. Our vision for improving our careers page, is to provide a platform that brings together all the detailed information about our company, our departments, our teams and our job offers. With the relaunch we took a huge step towards a better, simpler and more informative experience for our candidates and anyone interested in Vimcar.

Let’s see what’s new and what awaits you on our new careers page!

New Design

We adapted the look and feel of our careers page to the design of our company page . This is how we make sure, that if you know us for our products, you’ll intuitively know that you came to the right place when you have a first look at the content of our careers page.

Übersicht der Stellenanzeigen

Teams

Getting an overview of our company’s vision and plans is great, but inside our departments and teams is where our daily work happens, our culture is defined and our challenges are taken. That’s why we created the new teams section. We want to give you a sneak peak on what drives each department, who you’ll be working with and what you can expect from the team spirit when you apply for a certain job.

Übersicht neue Seite

Bilingual

We currently have over 160 people from +25 different countries on board and are continuing our international expansion. As a contribution to our international mindset, you can now also scroll our careers websites content in english for selected sections. We’re constantly working to roll out more international content in the future so we ensure a warm and welcoming atmosphere and detailed information for all of our visitors, no matter which language they speak..

Benefits

We improved the display of our various employee benefits, so you can get detailed information on what Vimcar offers you, besides a rewarding working environment and an open minded culture.

Vorteile Übersicht

Interested in more?

Check out our careers page, where you not only find the exciting new features you just read about, but also all current job openings and company updates. We have big plans for 2021 and are always looking for new talent.

Visit us at https://careers.vimcar.com/en/home and get in touch with us!

Meet our Fleet | The Dashboard Feature

Vimcar’s Product Team certainly pursues great projects. Read this post to find out why our very own Nike and Lisa saw the urgency for the dashboard feature, and why our customers love it already.


Our product focusses on making the lives of Fleet Managers easier on a daily basis. Within our ever-evolving scope of features and services, we offer digital solutions to address some of the key pain points of our primarily SMB Fleet Managers. For example, through our applications, our users can monitor and control all fleet-related costs, such as fuel or maintenance expenses. In addition, they can access our simple vehicle booking system, drivers license checks and even route tracking and optimisation services. With a solution-focussed approach to our product development, we are increasing momentum towards achieving our goal to become the all-in-one solution for Fleet Management.


We sat down with Nike Oberemm and Lisa Burdeniuk from our Product Team recently, to gather some insights about how the team worked together on one of our upcoming feature releases: the Dashboard Feature.

Team Product

We envision the dashboard feature being the most important overview for our Vimcar Fleet users, to feel a sense of control over all admin tasks, such as bookings or cost control, related to their company vehicles.“

– Nike Oberemm

The Idea

With a customer-centric product, we believe that it goes without saying, that our users should have a strong voice to influence our upcoming features. Through recent discussions, polls and customer interviews, our team recognised that our users were looking for a simple dashboard, that they could refer to regularly, in order to quickly and easily monitor all tasks and necessary actions within Vimcar Fleet.

Our Product Team had this feature on their radar for quite some time, as the increasing complexity of our product would demand an orientation point for our users. With the confirmation from research and customer feedback, Nike and Lisa initiated the internal design and development processes for the dashboard feature.

The Process

Below we visualised the development process of the dashboard feature, to show how Nike and Lisa progressed from exploring the customer feedback, to developing a first dashboard prototype. Our Product Team prioritises collaboration, and operates with a cross-functional approach. That being said, although Nike and Lisa were the main drivers behind the dashboard feature, they were also supported by other teams and specialists within Vimcar.

Prozess der Entwicklung


The Prototype

With the final designs and prototype ready, our engineering team is now in the process of building out the feature. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what the feature will look like! Take a look at this example screen, which shows the odometer being updated within the dashboard feature.

Übersicht Dashboard

With our ambitious plans to scale our SaaS business over the next few years, we are grateful to have a user base that is both willing and eager to share solution-focussed insights and feedback with us. Cheers to Nike and Lisa, and the rest of our driven group of specialists in our Product Team, that continues to prove how innovative thinking and cooperation enables great solutions.


The Team

Das Team Produktentwicklung

Over the past couple of years, our Product Team has grown and evolved rapidly. At the end of 2018, the team consisted of just four full-time team members contributing to the growth and development of Vimcar’s range of products and features. Fast forward to the summer of 2020, and the team size has tripled, with specialists in Product Management, Customer Insights, Design and Quality Assurance. This diverse scope of expertise has enabled Vimcar to make incredible strides in recent years, especially with regards to the features and services we offer our users.

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Meet our Fleet | Team UK

After nearly 5 years of success in the DACH market, Vimcar set an ambitious goal last summer: to begin our international expansion! We set our sights on the UK as our first target, and were thrilled to see our goals for the expansion come to life, when we landed our first customers, and logged our first official trip in the UK in April.

Übersicht Fleet Geo

First test trips logged in the UK

We recently caught up with our UK Country Manager, Ronald, who shared a bit about why he decided to join Vimcar. In addition, he introduced us to the talented team contributing to our successful growth into the UK. Check out what Ronald had to say below:

Can you tell us a little bit about Team UK?

Team UK will soon have 9 team members, whose primary function is our expansion into the UK market. We have Sam and Meelina, who are producing fantastic content around the value of Fleet Tools and driving prospective clients to our website. We have Laura, who is doing an incredible job ensuring our clients have a successful launch, and are utilising our tools to their full potential. Michael is very efficiently providing new clients with their hardware, as well as supporting them to make payment and from an operational perspective. Then you have Sami, who helps prospective clients to understand the direct benefit to their business of investing in Vimcar services. He will also be joined shortly by Lukasz, Sean and Christabellah. Last and least, you have myself. I spend most of my time asking the rest of the team stupid questions.

What excited you about being the first person to build up the UK operations?

I was most excited by the opportunity to break new ground and try different things, knowing that it would be fully supported by leadership.

As the team continues to grow, what are the most important qualities you are looking for?

I’m always looking for people who are very driven to succeed and eager to try things, learn and grow.

How do you work together with Team DACH?

Team UK is always watching what the DACH team is doing and has done, and we have regular meetings with different functions. We’re very fortunate to have such a great support from them, as well as from marketing, ops, product and tech. Starting this whole project remotely due to Corona has made collaboration one of the most challenging aspects of the last 3 months, and I look forward to things hopefully going back to some semblance of normality.

What is something typical from home that you haven’t found here in Berlin yet?

Deep fried haggis.

Vimcar UK Country Manager (Ronald Clancy)

Ronald Clancy (Country Manager UK)

We are proud to have this team on board, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish next. Our teams are continuing to grow, and we are confident that this is just the beginning of a great success story for Vimcar! Meanwhile, If you happen to have recommendations for deep fried haggis in Berlin, please let us know in the comments.