In the latest edition of our team interview series, we chat to our Commercial Operations Manager Chris Cloherty – who reveals more about his background, career, and how he spends his time inside and outside of work.

Section 1: 5 Minute Q&A

  • What is your role at Kemtile? 

I’m the Commercial Operations Manager at Kemtile. my role encompasses overseeing all financial and commercial transactions within the business. Additionally, I also manage general day-to-day operations.

  • Can you share a bit about your background and experience in the flooring industry?

I’ve been working at Kemtile for over four years now. Before starting at Kemtile, I worked at Tarmac for three years. During this time, I served as the customer services manager for the flooring solutions business which supplied and installed self-compacting and flowing screeds as a contractor. This experience provided me with a solid foundation in flooring and insights into the contractor’s challenges. Following this role, I transitioned to the position of National Operations/Interim General Manager for the SafetyDeck business. In total, I have over seven years of experience working in the flooring industry.

  • Can you highlight a favourite project or accomplishment you’ve been involved in while working at Kemtile?

Firstly, I take great pride in the sustained development of our business and the smooth integration post-acquisition back in 2018. However, when it comes to projects, I really enjoyed working on a flooring project for British Multinational Aerospace (BAE). We executed top-tier work with utmost precision and adherence to specific requirements and protocols.

  • What is the best career advice you have ever received?
  1. “Just because you communicate something to someone and you understand the message, don’t assume they do.” 
  2. “Don’t judge people on their mistakes only, we all make them.”
  • What is your favourite thing about working at Kemtile?

As a member of a team boasting extensive expertise in resin, tiling, drainage, and civil works, our foremost objective is to always place customer needs at the forefront. As a result, we’re able to create an impact, which is my favourite thing about working at Kemtile.

  • How would you describe the culture within the Kemtile team?

Committed and passionate.

  • Who are your key role models/inspirations? 

I’ve always been an avid sports fan, and have been drawn to the finest athletes in their respective fields. For instance, Tiger Woods stood out to me for his unparalleled dominance fueled by unwavering self-confidence (alongside his exceptional skill) during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Similarly, Lionel Messi’s unparalleled sporting talent has always intrigued me.

Section 2: Rapid Fire

  • What is your favourite:

    Star Wars (All of them) or Good Will Hunting

    Shoe Dog

    Anything Queen or Oasis! 
  • Most people don’t know that I…

I played football at the Academy level in my teenage years.

  • In my spare time, I…

I like to spend time with my family, golf when I get the time & love a good murder mystery/true crime Netflix series.