What were you doing before you joined Leyland Trucks?
I was working for BAE Systems, based in the North West. I completed a Commercial graduate scheme there where I worked in a number of functions including Purchasing, Contracts, Estimating, and Bid Management. Having completed this graduate scheme I moved into a Purchasing role dealing with a global supply chain and delivering products into Saudi Arabian customers. After 5 years at BAE Systems I saw an opportunity at Leyland Trucks, a company I had already heard a lot about being based in the area. I came for an interview and was really impressed by the opportunity offered within the role and company, not only in Leyland but within the global organisation. I successfully progressed through the interview process and gladly accepted an offer to join the company.
Prior to BAE Systems I went to Lancaster University and attained a Bsc in Business Studies and a masters in E-Business and Innovation.
How have you progressed since you’ve been with Leyland Trucks?
I joined the organisation in the role I am in currently. However, I have seen plenty of opportunity available. I have had a trip to the plant in Brazil which enabled me to see the progress being made and learn about working with the same products in a totally new culture. I am currently progressing with a Management and Leadership course run in conjunction with Runshaw College, offered by Leyland to a number of staff members. I am also in the final year of completing my MCIPS qualification. I have been trained to Six Sigma Black Belt level and able now to coach and support other belts as part of my management responsibility.
In addition I see building relationships as a key element of the role, I have ensured I built both internal and external relationships which has helped me progress and complete activities effectively.
What’s the best thing about working at Leyland Trucks?
In an office based role within a manufacturing organisation, it is good to be so close to the production facility. I can go and see immediately if I have an issue or need to help resolve a problem. The cross functional working allows you to learn about the product and contribute in areas that I didn’t necessarily anticipate. I attend a number of management meetings where improvements are discussed and direct contribution requested off employees.
There are also numerous opportunities in PACCAR, a truly global company. We have Purchasing offices in China, India, Hungary, The Netherlands, UK, North America, and Brazil. I have travelled to other sites regularly and to a number of suppliers within Europe and Brazil, something which provides valuable insight and learning. The company wants ambitious people and offers opportunities to people who are prepared to show flexibility and seek out these opportunities.
What’s a typical day for you?
No two days are the same which is a real challenge but makes the role varied and interesting. I have a number of projects I am running which need daily attention ranging from finding new suppliers, introducing new products and working on efficiency and cost savings. I am heavily involved in Six Sigma and completing internal and supplier projects. We also have a number of legislation based projects ongoing and ensuring compliance runs through the supply chain is key. I have a team of three direct reports to manage so I have to ensure that I am there to offer support and guidance in their roles as well as ensuring all strategy is aligned.
What do you hope the future holds for you at Leyland Trucks?
I want to progress within the Leyland Management Team. My medium term target at Leyland Trucks is the Purchasing Director role and this is something I am working to achieve. In addition I am keen to continue to travel and see other parts of the company. I am also open to trying a role outside of Purchasing to develop a deeper understanding within the company.