Simon Peter joined Cellulant in March 2022 as a Retail Lead. Since then he has been driving the growth of enterprise & SMB merchants through retail marketing initiatives, consumer campaigns, cashier engagement activities, merchant engagement, onboarding of new stores and building operational excellence.
Currently, Simon is responsible for driving growth for Zambia as a market working with 4 Territory Executives. 9 Supervisors and over 60 Onground Agents attending over 1000 stores with the main aim of driving WoW growth.
Simon describes himself as a dynamic figure. “In my mind, I am often climbing mountains and crushing huge icebergs under my pirate ship! I can sum up my entire personal and professional life in three words ~ I can win!” he says.
Here is his Cellulant story:
What attracted you to Cellulant?
Cellulant is destined to become an African unicorn. At that moment, I saw an opportunity calling from Cellulant I instantly knew this was the place for me. What attracted me to Cellulant is its story, how the company started by distributing mobile content to become one of the fintech giants in Africa. The work culture, vision, and the company’s footprints in more than 35 African countries were a real deal for me.
Where and what did you study in university?
I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya.
What drives you?
I would say, motivated by self-mastery, the ability to develop and grow. It drives me towards my wholeness.
What would you say has been the most exciting part of the job?
The most exciting part of the job is that I have data to inform my daily activities and decisions. Data clearly shows the relationship between implemented activities and growth. It does not take me more than a day to know whether my strategies are working or not.
What’s the one problem you are solving for clients in this market?
Our clients invest a lot of time and money building their businesses which is one hill of a task. For this reason, we have solutions that help them collect payments, reduce paperwork, solve their reconciliation issues and help them grow with technology.
What has been the most rewarding moment?
The most rewarding moments have been interacting with merchants, cashiers and end users. Often when I sit in a store, I see a customer walk in, pick an item, head to a counter and simply make a payment using Tingg, It shows how powerful technology is and how Cellulant is empowering businesses to grow in this digital age.
Another instance is building a team that understands the company’s vision and handles over 1000 stores, pushing growth from each and every single store.
What has been the greatest challenge/learning opportunity about the job?
The greatest challenge and learning experience about the job was that when I joined the business by the 2nd month I was taken to Zambia to lead proximity pay growth activities. Being a different market with different cultures calls for my A+ game forward to learn and deliver on the job. It was a challenge because not only did I have to learn the business but I also had to quickly adapt to a different culture and deliver to the business. It has been a great learning experience and everyday week seeing us grow from X to Y as the activation team is fulfilling.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career & why?
I draw tremendous inspiration from my mother. She toiled with scarce resources in a remote village to ensure we went to school to become better people in life. This is a motivation to me every day and has helped me keep a focus on building my career.
What do you love most about working at Cellulant?
One thing I love about Cellulant is that I have the freedom to influence growth, my skills and contributions are valued and above all Cellulant is a company that cares for its people/talent. There is a lot of cross-functional engagement that has given me an opportunity to appreciate collaboration in a workspace.
How do you want to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as a dependable, calm, focused and trustworthy person. One who positively impacts people’s lives and a person for growth solutions.
What do you do during your free time to relax?
During my free time, I find myself consumed in music, books, podcasts, and football.
In your own words, what does Cellulant want to do in Africa and why is that inspirational for you?
Cellulant is accelerating economic growth for Africa as a continent by empowering SMBs and Enterprise businesses with alternative online and offline payment solutions. This is inspirational to me because it is putting Africa on the world map. As a continent that is constantly innovating for a better and connected future.