As our family is so extensive, it's important to make sure everyone has the right support. So each of our bakery sites has its own Finance, Health & Safety, Human Resources and Administration teams who make sure everything runs smoothly (and everyone's happy) at a local level, while our Head Office teams look at the company as a whole.
I joined as a Graduate Trainee 17 years ago and was keen for a role which would offer a variety of opportunities.
General Manager ' responsible for P & L for three sites (one multi plant manufacturing and distribution, two distribution depots). I aim to provide clear strategy and leadership to ensure manufacture and distribution to all our customers and consumers in the South East.
Working with the team at Enfield Bakery where we Improved service levels, on time delivery and order fulfilment as well achieving the highest profit the site has ever achieved.
I've been on many internal and external courses but more importantly than that, I have been afforded the opportunity to try different roles, in many different areas across the business including manufacturing, distribution, technical, depots and head office. This has given me the breadth of experience, skills and knowledge to be able to attain and enjoy my current role.
Yes, I would. I have worked in many sites and a variety of roles across the business and have come to realise our people are definitely our biggest asset.
I'm Health & Safety Manager at the Newburn bakery. I look after two sites, making sure they operate safely and meet the extensive regulations through guidance and training. I'm continually promoting the importance of safety.
My background is in heavy and light engineering, and they approached me while I was working for Whitworths, to help them build a new bakery in the North East.
I've worked at three different management levels, and in doing so have gained a Diploma in Management Studies, an MBA, Baking Certificate, a NEBOSH Certificate and NVQ Level 4 Health and Safety Practitioner to Diploma Level.
It offers good training and good prospects for promotion for anyone who applies themselves with the right attitude.
I'm currently HR Manager for both our Bolton bakery and Runcorn depots.
I partner with all the key operational functions, particularly in relation to organisational structure, performance management, talent, engagement andHR compliance.
One day I could be reacting to operational demands - the next day I might be focusing on the long-term HR strategy.My remit also includes national HR projects such as our new application tracker system. It's both varied and demanding, but hugely fulfilling!
A big part of my decision to apply here was firstly the fact that Warburtons is an established brand. But perhaps more importantly was its emphasis on values and culture, particularly the family heritage. I felt this perfectly matched my own work-life values.
I joined in June 2014.
I'd always admired Warburtons from afar with its great brands, ambition, strong family values, fantastic culture and great people! So when an opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance.
I'm the site lead for the West Midlands and look after the Wednesbury bakery and its distribution arm as well as our depot in Stone. Together with my leadership team, we're responsible for turning strategy and long term thinking into day to day reality. We couldn't do this without our committed team who help us make decisions every day about the bread quality and delivering it to our customers.
I need to ensure we're flexible and have the capability to deliver and continually improve in a volatile market. It's a challenge I enjoy and thrive on.
I'm extremely proud to lead the West Midlands team who are wonderful to work with and united around doing our best.
A significant achievement was successfully launching our premium bread range against a very tight timescale..
I've attended the leadership programme and several other opportunities to develop my skills.
I've been with Warburtons since September 2015.
I was Supply Chain Manager at Arla Foods.
There are a number of similarities between Warburtons and my previous company both in terms of the supply chain and the culture. However, I was particularly excited by the opportunities that I could see with Warburtons for advancement in my career.
I'm currently on a short term secondment as Manufacturing Manager at Burnley Bakery. In a nutshell my role is to inspire and focus the team to excel at what they do each and every day.
I'm proud of the team that we have at Burnley and I'm proud of their openness and willingness to embrace new things.
I'm using the opportunity to get exposure to as many areas of the business that I possibly can. Everyone is encouraged to develop themselves by getting involved in new projects, secondments or more formal development programmes.
I'm a General Manager, so the variety of the role is far reaching, from getting involved in new plant installations to helping create opportunities for people to build new skills. There's always the opportunity to make a difference to the company and the overall employee experience.
Almost 6 years.
From the moment I sat in reception waiting to have my first interview, I knew Warburtons was the company that I wanted to work for. The way people said hello to you, when they walked into the building really spoke volumes about the company and the people who work here.
As a General Manager, there are a number of challenges we have to meet: Asking people to change their shifts due to fluctuations in bread demand, always delivering quality products to help keep our competitors at bay and creating an engaging employee experience 24/7.
As a General Manager, I'm very proud of the how teams embrace
the opportunity to develop by changing their roles or taking on
additional challenges. It's very rewarding when a team member
gets promoted, or are asked share best practice.
On a personal note, being the first female General Manager is something I hope encourages other females to take on the challenge of operations. It may not be glamorous, but it's more rewarding than I could ever describe.
I've recently completed a level 2 diploma in 'Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills'.