After completing 4 years studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham I decided to apply to the ABF Grocery Engineering graduate scheme. There were 3 main reasons behind me applying to ABF: the variety of roles built into the scheme, the commitment to grads post-scheme and most importantly my love of food!
So far on my journey with ABF I have undertaken many roles across the country and across 3 different ABF businesses. I started with a pre-scheme placement in Silver Spoon where I was in a manufacturing support role, aiding the manufacturing team in the day to day running of the site and looking into continuous improvement opportunities.
I then moved to Allied Bakeries to start the programme, where I joined the engineering craft team getting my hands dirty and really experiencing what life as an engineer is all about. I worked in a team to perform maintenance tasks around site. I then moved into a Maintenance Planner role where I was responsible for prioritising and planning the weekly work load for the craft engineers.
I have now moved to Speedibake where I am currently the Engineering Manager; I manage a team of 15 engineers across multiple shifts and I am also responsible for the engineering budget ensuring we are spending our money in the right places.
I would love to tell you what a typical day in my life is like but that is the beauty of this industry, you never know what each day will throw at you. A lot of time my time has been spent on the factory floor learning about each site I’ve worked in and trying to come up with ways we can be prepared for any potential problem that we may face. There are many positives to the scheme; it has given me the opportunity to build an amazing network of people, offered me real responsibility from day one and has given me a fantastic platform to learn and develop while adding value to the business.