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 principles, which is essentially identifying ways of becoming more efficient and reducing waste of all kinds including time resource.
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.
Our 5s programme has played an important role in ensuring that this busy factory is as tidy and well organised as it can be, with spare part and tools to hand.
It has been my responsibility and privilege to look after our apprentice programme. We are keen to help young people learn this skills needed to ensure the growth of the business, and give us a strutted succession plan. We currently have two newly qualified engineers and one apprentice in his third year.
My time at Purdie: I have been been here just short of 4 years now, during which time we have all been on the forever journey of continuous improvements looking at any opportunity however small and seemingly insignificant performance and stay at the top of our game and at the top of the industry supply chain.
Four years on, we can undoubtedly say that it has made a significant difference and we can see clear improvements in how we operate as a business. As with any continuous improvement programme, there is no end to it and all ideas are welcomed.
What I enjoy doing away from work: I am keen to spend quality time with my family, and have two granddaughters in the UK whom we love to spend time with, and two young grandsons in New Zealand to have face time with at the weekends. I’m a big fan of motorsport and like to spend time with friends. Other 'geekish' 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!