What I am responsible for: I am focused on ensuring the continuous improvement of operations within the business. This has seen us place a big focus on lean manufacturing, which is essentially identifying ways of becoming more efficient and reducing waste.
This is obviously key to us improving our systems and processes, ultimately bringing savings for us, and quicker lead times and improved services to customers. Another key part of my role is managing the maintenance of our machinery, and planning it so that there is as little disruption as possible to our production lines, which run continuously.
I’ve also looked after our apprentice programme, as we are keen to help young people learn the skills needed for the business, and we currently have a second apprentice learning the ropes.
My time at Purdie: I’ve been here 12 months and we’ve been going through a two-year project in lean manufacturing since I joined. We are following the 5s programme to improve efficiencies across the production processes.
A year into the project, we can certainly say that it has made a big difference and we can see clear improvements in how we operate as a business. Hopefully, another 12 months down the line, the impact will be substantial and clear to see in the company’s performance, and the project I have been heading will have been a success.
What I enjoy doing away from work: I am keen to spend quality time with my family, and have two granddaughters who I love to be with. I’m a big fan of motorsport, and my other interests include computers, such as CAD and Excel programming. Many of my interests are linked to my work…it is never far from my mind!