Meet the Expert: Christina Wilcox, Director of Customer Success, EMEA at Sovos

Sovos
June 14, 2021

Meet the Expert is our series of blogs where we share more about the team behind our innovative software and managed services. As a global organisation with indirect tax experts across all regions, our dedicated team are often the first to know about new regulatory changes, ensuring you stay compliant.

We spoke to Christina Wilcox, Director of Customer Success, EMEA at Sovos to find out more about the role her team has in delivering an excellent service to customers.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I manage the customer success team for the EMEA region. It’s a relatively new team having started in November last year. Before this role I was part of the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) team. Our Senior Customer Success Manager, Roberta Folta, worked in the VAT side of our business. So together we have key areas of indirect tax covered. We understand both the market and the key priorities and challenges our customers face.

This is key to helping us make sure our customers get the best value from Sovos across the board. From our consultancy and managed services to our VAT and IPT compliance software. We proactively reach out to customers and then apply their feedback. So we’re always aligned and can improving our service offering to meet their changing needs.

Why is the customer success team an important part of Sovos?

Providing a personal approach and excellent customer service has always been important for us as a company; the customers who have been with us for over a decade are testament to that.

Having a dedicated customer success team gives us the opportunity to continue to connect with our customers from the moment they sign their contract, as well as strengthening the relationships we have with existing customers.

As a separate department this enables our software and services teams to focus on delivering the wide range of offerings we’re known for. The Customer Success team acts as the friendly face that’s always here to help.

For example, software customers don’t have the need to interact with us as much as our managed service customers. So we can focus on providing regular check-ins and see if there’s anything they need help with. We can check if there are additional services we can provide such as further training.

The team also helps with onboarding new customers. We make sure they understand all the services and solutions available to them as a Sovos customer. Our focus is on creating long-standing and strong customer relationships; being approachable and proactive to any potential concerns or questions that could arise.

What is the most common feedback you get from customers?

Customers are always impressed with our managed service offering. People are very happy with the service our compliance teams provide to ensure tax returns are filed correctly and on time. They recognise the benefit of having access to our knowledgeable team of in-house tax experts. Being a global company, we’ve got experience of mandates in other parts of the world. So we can really help customers prepare for the shift to real-time reporting. This is prevalent across Latin America and now spreading throughout Europe and other parts of the world where our customers operate.

We also get great reviews on how intuitive and user friendly our software is.

Customers refer to us as their tax gurus. I think reflects our global knowledge and experience which we pass on through our monthly newsletters, blogs, and regular webinars on everything relating to the world of VAT and IPT.

The feedback we receive from customers, good or bad, helps us continue to meet their needs by being incorporated into planning for future developments.

We’re very much looking forward to the future and speaking with more of our customers to help build the best service offering we can.

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Sovos was built to solve the complexities of the digital transformation of tax, with complete, connected offerings for tax determination, continuous transaction controls, tax reporting and more. Sovos customers include half the Fortune 500, as well as businesses of every size operating in more than 70 countries. The company’s SaaS products and proprietary Sovos S1 Platform integrate with a wide variety of business applications and government compliance processes. Sovos has employees throughout the Americas and Europe, and is owned by Hg and TA Associates.
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