Laure Bertaux
International Business Manager
Laure Bertaux

Did you always want to work for a fine jeweller?

When I was younger and on my school breaks, I used to spend a week with my grandfather and he would always set me a different topic to study with him. On one such occasion, the subject was rubies, and what a great pleasure it was for a little girl to visit amazing fine jewellers in Place Vendome, Paris. From here, he told me that if I ever wanted to know more about gem stones, I would have to become a gemmologist, which I did and now I’m fortunate enough to be able to say that I work for one of the finest jewellers in the UK

What first attracted you to Boodles?

It was seeing the Raindance ring being advertised over time that spiked my initial curiosity in Boodles. Who they were, their design ethos and how they have managed to remain a family run business with the same morals for over 200 years.

Describe how your career progressed at Boodles.

I began my career in the Harrods boutique as an administrator but also within a sales capacity and then within a year I was appointed as Manager of the showroom which was a fantastic new challenge and opportunity for me to prove myself. From here, after several years of developing international business, I was moved to Sloane Street as International Business Manager to aid with the brand exposure in the developing market outside of the UK.

Describe your average day.

I’m usually in the office around 8.30am or I will be in a breakfast meeting with various business partners or the Directors. My day can vary hugely from a more brand/Marketing focus to spending the day with some high net worth customers.

What opportunities have you been given at Boodles?

Throughout my years in Boodles I have been fortunate enough to benefit from various trainings and coaching within the company. On top of that I have lived some fabulous experiences with the company, delivering bespoke items to people around the world, or being able to organise events abroad with some incredibly interesting people.

Describe the Boodles culture.

Boodles is a very personal company where you are encouraged to be yourself. They listen to you and your thoughts and ideas and truly feel like a valued member of a team.

How does Boodles look after its staff?

Boodles remain a family business and this is evident in the way that they look after their staff; from the constant encouragement and support, to the staff parties and awards throughout the year. They are always looking to help you in whatever way they can.

If you could swap places with another Boodles employee for the day, who would it be and why?

If I could trade places for the day I would do so with our Chairman, Nicholas Wainwright. I admire the way he and Michael Wainwright have taken their father's legacy and developed it to where it is today. I’d find it fascinating to know what ideas keep going through his head.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for a job at Boodles?

Passion is key in whatever you do but I feel this to be even more true where Boodles are concerned. You should definitely consider applying to Boodles if you are looking to challenge yourself and develop your skills; be prepared to do anything and everything.

Describe Boodles in five words.

Loyal, dynamic, personal, varied, fun

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