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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.

Josh Bowker - Engineering Apprentice, Stoke


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Premier Foods in September 2011 straight after finishing secondary school.


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

My day consists of shadowing and helping experienced engineers. I learn about the different types of machinery used and how to safely maintain and repair them.
 

Why did you join Premier Foods?

I joined because I was keen to pursue a career in engineering and I heard that Premier Foods had a really good apprenticeship scheme which I found out about online. I got to where I am with hard work and a lot of support from Premier and my local college.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy going to watch live bands and going to classic scooter shows.


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

I would be a Mince Pie because I LOVE Christmas and we make more Mince Pies than anyone else in the UK.


Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Friendly and safe working environment.

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

I wake up wanting to learn more and the fact I get to earn at the same time is fantastic!

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!
 

Angela Musoke - Graduate Scheme, St Albans


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Premier Foods on the Graduate Recruitment Scheme in February 2014.


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

I report and analyse financial performance for the International Strategic Business Unit to help the team understand their financial performance. My analysis allows us to make informed commercial decisions on the growth direction of our strategic markets.


Why did you join Premier Foods?

I was inspired by the atmosphere of the business - it’s a very lively and open place to work with a real focus on people and maintaining high quality standards. As part of the graduate programme I'm supported to study the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification and the Graduate training programme has enabled me to develop leadership skills such as presentation giving, public speaking and team-building.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

I’m passionate about cooking and travelling so I love throwing themed dinner parties with foods from around the world. My past travels inspired me to take up Spanish so I try to squeeze some practice in between work and college.

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

Ambrosia original custard - it’s a timeless classic.


Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Perseverance - the secret of all triumphs.


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

I love my job, and I’m lucky enough to work with a fantastic team of people.

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.

Nick Wood - Channel Director, Sweet Treats


When did you join Premier Foods?

I joined Premier Foods in June 2010


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

I'm Channel Director for Impulse, Wholesale & Discounters within our Sweet Treats Strategic Business Unit. My present “day in the life” consists of developing plans to unlock sustainable, profitable growth for our brands. Essentially, it’s all about driving sales growth. I got to where I am in my career through dedication, loyalty and lots of hard work. I’m a strong believer in continuous development, so I’m always striving for more, whether that's in my role or personal development.


Why did you join Premier Foods?

Having spent six years at Noble Foods, which primarily produces food for other brands, I wanted to gain greater brand exposure. Premier has always had big, iconic brands and I was keen to work with them.


What do you like doing in your spare time?

I love sport, watching or playing, particularly football, although the less said about Everton the better. I also enjoy mountains and hills, whether I have skis or walking boots on, I’m happy.


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

I would be a Country Slice - not only do I love them, but I also love a slice of the country!
 

Describe Premier Foods in a few words...

Challenging, varied, fun, fast, evolving.


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

Working with a great team. Delivering sales growth in a challenging market is enjoyable and satisfying.

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