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Richard - Head of Manufacturing Planning

"I joined Wesleyan on a fixed term contract to work on the Pension Review project in January 2000.  I then gained a place on the Commercial Trainee programme, which gave me two months in each key department over a 16 month period. Following my placement in Sales Operations the opportunity arose for me to join the team as a Sales Operations Analyst.

Over the last six years I worked as Performance Improvement Manager, designing and implementing the end-to-end process measurement for the Customer Services division, and as Business Improvement Manager, implementing the Society's continuous improvement strategy.

In December 2011 I was promoted to Head of Manufacturing Planning, which is a new department within the Society. Here, I co-ordinate the development and implementation of strategy and plans to maximise profitability for the manufacturing part of the Society. This involves leading continuous improvement activity for manufacturing to further strengthen customer satisfaction, quality and operational effectiveness. Not only am I broadening my experience within the business, I'm also able to influence senior managers and help Wesleyan achieve its goals.

Working in both Customer Services and Sales helped me to develop a good understanding of different aspects of the business, and that rounded view has proved invaluable in terms of my career progression. Wesleyan has enabled my professional development too, through various management courses and support with gaining professional qualifications. My personal goal at the moment is to create an identity for Manufacturing Planning within the business.

It's very people focused here - with a good mix of different backgrounds and experience. It's an open working environment too, which encourages people to talk to each other. Wesleyan values its staff and their opinions - you have the opportunity to use your skills to influence what happens in the business. They're progressive, with a clear focus and direction. And they're always open to new ideas. 

That's one of the many reasons I've stayed here, as well as the opportunities to progress. I haven't felt the need to look anywhere else. The organisation is growing, and I want them to succeed. I like the direction it's going in."

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