As part of my maternity cover as a contractor, Devro and the finance team have welcomed me and provided me with the tools to further my career.
I have been lucky enough to visit sites across the globe and have enjoyed putting faces to the names. I have also been given opportunities to be the finance lead in group wide projects. These have at times been very challenging, although they have significantly broadened the range of my skillset.
I joined Devro in the Czech Republic in 1991. This was formerly known as Cutisin where I trained and completed my apprenticeship. I started work in the maintenance department, where I spent 4 years before I began compulsory military service for a year. I then returned to the company and continued my work in maintenance for a further 2 years which was good training to further my career within the company.
I really enjoy my work. Devro has enabled me to improve my personal development and train to gain new skills for my new role as safety officer.
I feel I am a valuable part of a company and have a chance to be a part of the decision making process on the future of the company.
I started in Devro Scotland as a Process Engineer in 2009, working on projects to install equipment and improve processes. In 2013 I was seconded to work on the design of the factory in China, and then took on the role of Senior Project Engineer within the Global Engineering Team. During the build of the factory, I had the opportunity to spend time working in China managing the installation and commissioning of the new plant.
I provide management and design skills for strategic and group projects, which has given me the opportunity to work globally with colleagues at different sites.
I have worked at Devro for 23 years and I have been fortunate to experience many different roles in the business including Finance and Supply Chain Director in Scotland, Managing Director for the Australian entity and Commercial Director for Asia Pacific.
Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to work closely with many colleagues around the world where the community spirit, culture and diversity of the people has been amazing and contributed greatly to my development at Devro. What makes Devro special is feeling part of a global community and working with and feeling supported by colleagues all over the world.
I am coming up to my 8th year at Devro and have witnessed a lot of changes over this time. Prior to joining the company I was a regulatory, nutrition and stakeholder management consultant; helping large food brands and industry associations deal with various issues. Devro appealed to me as it was in a completely new food category – B2B, a new type of business which offered development opportunities in understanding regulations in regard to animal derived products. Quality and Business Continuity was an area I knew I could make a difference.
However, a key factor for me was the people, many of whom I now consider friends. Everyone I met was welcoming and willing to spend the time to help me understand the business. I was struck by the huge depth of knowledge, the longevity of service and the willingness to help, something that doesn’t happen in many other companies. What I am most proud of is bringing people together globally to find solutions. Collectively we avoid duplication and can share our knowledge, skills which develops our future direction. Our collective potential is far greater than our individual endeavours.