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Karl Smith - Factory General Manager, Worksop


When did you join Premier Foods?

I've worked on the Worksop site nearly 26 years. I started as an operator on the production line, then progressed as a Technical operator a year later. I did a stint in Oxo as a storeman before securing a role as a Line Scheduler. While in Supply Chain I progressed through Production Planner, Master Production Scheduler, and Supply Chain Ops Manager roles before becoming Supply Chain Manager. Then in 2010 I was proud to accept the role of Factory General Manager.


What do you currently do/a day in the life of you?

The Factory General Manager role is very diverse. Every day starts with reviewing the last 24 hours performance and looking at what the upcoming day looks like. From that point on there is no 'typical day'! I may be involved in wage negotiations with our union, meeting with our insurers to explain how we reduce Health & Safety risk, talking with the senior team to review progress on our “Recipe for Success” strategy for the site, or on the factory floor reviewing a new approach on one of our production lines. And as most people will tell you I love to showcase the Worksop factory with visiting dignitaries or members of the local community.


Why did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Batchelors back in 1989 because I’d heard what a good employer they were and at that time was looking for some job security in my home town.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

Off-road cycling or walking around beautiful Yorkshire, spending time with my wife and (nearly) grown up children and the eating the excellent food at the Blacksmiths Pub at Clayworth! And, last but not least, going to Elland Road to watch the mighty Leeds United!


If you could be a Premier Foods product what would you be and why?

Sharwoods Tikka masala...because everyone loves a curry!

 
Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Evolving, Emerging, Improving, Challenging & Stimulating
 

What makes you wake up in the morning and return to work?

Having the best job in the world

Helen Touchais - Brand Director, St Albans


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined in 2006

  
Why did you join Premier Foods?

Our iconic brands, loved by so many. The agility from all the key decision makers being in one place and a culture that gives you accountability. It means good ideas can be quickly approved and implemented - hugely satisfying.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

I'm a big music lover so you'll often find me at gigs and festivals. I love to cook so I'm often experimenting with new recipes on friends and family.


If you could be a Premier Foods product what would you be and why?

I would be OXO because of its ability to transform the outcome any meal.


Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Passionate, collaborative, fast-moving, constantly evolving.
 

What makes you wake up in the morning and return to work?

My team, my inspiring boss and my brands ... and the fact that there's never two days the same.

Craig Barcroft, Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice - Stoke

1. What is your current role and how long have you been at Stoke?
I have been working at Premier Foods, Stoke Bakery for 1 year and 5 months as a Multi-Skilled engineering apprentice.

2. What do you get involved with on a day to day basis and what parts of your role do you enjoy?
I get involved with product changeovers, general repairs and preventative maintenance tasks which contributes towards my development as an engineering apprentice.
 
3. Why did you chose to complete an apprenticeship and how have you found the role so far?
I chose to undertake an apprenticeship as I think that it is a great way to develop my skills and development with the support of experienced engineers. This along side gaining formal qualifications will undoubtedly support my future development within engineering. I have found the role so far to be demanding yet rewarding and I enjoy that I get to work both independently and under the guidance of experienced engineers. 

4. What are you looking forward to getting involved with in 2017 or any projects that you hope to complete this year?
I am looking forward to developing my electrical and mechanical knowledge further, learning all about the technology with have at the Stoke bakery. I hope to achieve the completion of my NVQ Level 3 in engineering. 

Jim Woodcock - Continuous Improvement Specialist, Ashford


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Premier Foods in November 2006, starting on one of our high speed pasta lines.


What do you currently do/a day in the life of you?

My role is Continuous Improvement Specialist, helping identify sources of waste and improve the efficiency of our production line. I began my role as a secondment, but after identifying and implementing lots of ways to make savings the role was made permanent.


Why did you join Premier Foods?

I had a background in manufacturing, in a company making film memorabilia, and I heard that Premier Foods was a great place to work.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I play guitar, go to the cinema, and socialise with friends.


If you could be a Premier Foods product what would you be and why?

I'd be Birds Custard. I have no idea why - I just love Custard!


Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

A great place to work!


What makes you wake up in the morning and return to work?

I enjoy my role because I can make a difference in the way we do things on site. We've identified many savings, improved changeover processes and improved overall equipment effectiveness. But there's always more to do!
 

Lizzie Leeson - Graduate Scheme, St Albans


1) How have you found your first few months at Premier Foods? What have you learnt/ found interesting/ or anything that has surprised you?
The process of getting our products onto the shelves. The site tours at the beginning of our induction were really interesting to see how our products are actually made. I underestimated how much needs to be considered when bringing a product to market – from the extensive R&D, to how we manufacture it, to how we decide what promotions to run in store. 

2) What do you like most about working here or any aspect of your current role that you particularly enjoy?
The working environment is great. Everyone I work with has been really welcoming and supportive of my development. People are more than willing to take time out to explain things to me and answer my questions. I’ve already learnt so much from the people around me.

3) What are you looking forward to in your next 6 months at Premier?
Learning more. Finance is new to me so I’ve still got a lot to learn. I’ve also just started studying towards my CIMA qualification which is exciting.

4) Describe working at Premier Foods in 4 words. 
Supportive, dynamic, exciting, engaging.

5) Which is your favourite Premier Food product and why?
Bisto gravy – Nothing beats a home cooked roast dinner! 

Heather Wraith - Front Line Manager, Carlton


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Premier Foods in July 1983 just before my 21st birthday. I worked on production in various forms including on Viennese Whirls, Battenberg and the Swiss Roll plant when it was launched in 1988. I then moved onto packing which I've enjoyed for around 15 years now.
 

What do you currently do/a day in the life of you?

I first became a Team Leader, then became a Chargehand and then to my present position of Front Line Leader on the new £20 million Mr Kipling Snack Pack line. Premier Foods supported me enrolling on an ILM management course, and attained level 1 and 2, building my communication skills and giving me lots of management tools. I feel privileged to be helping lead the team on the Snack Pack line, it's an exciting time!
  

What do you like doing in your spare time?

When I'm not at work I like to go walking in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.


If you could be a Premier Foods product what would you be and why?

I'd be a Fondant Fancy because they're a reliable, old time favourite that can still surprise!


Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Good company with good values.
 

What makes you wake up in the morning and return to work?

Every day is a different challenge and I feel I have a part to play, which also helps me to have a good standard of living.

Baljinder Tung - Business Account Manager

1) When did you join Premier Foods?
I joined in February 2016

2) What do you currently do/a day in the life of you?
Every morning I enjoy looking at trade press websites to see whats going on in our channel, never a dull moment! The remainder of the day could be spent out meeting our customers on site and showcasing our brands and upto date performance or alternatively in a quite corner somewhere with a full charged laptop making sure I am keeping on top of my emails.

3) What do you like doing in your spare time?
I am a social butterfly so I love catching up with friends over a good meal. 

4) If you could be a Premier Foods product what would you be and why?
hmm this is a tough one!! - I would have to say Bisto Best.

5) Describe Premier Foods in a few words...
Exciting, dynamic, supportive and flexible!

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