Q. How long have you been at Lucite International?
A. I began my career here in 1996.
Q. Describe working for the Company in three words
A. Varied, Challenging Responsible.
Q. What do you do in your role on a day to day basis?
A. I manage the small technical team on the Newton Aycliffe site and I am part of the site manufacturing management team (MMT). The technical team is responsible for delivering the site capital projects plan, plant improvements and ensuring that all day to day technical issues are addressed. I also look after the site ISO14001 environmental management system.
Q. What has your training and development been like?
A. I started at ICI Acrylics in 1996 at Wilton as a process engineer (after gaining my Chemical Engineering degree as a mature student) and I followed the standard ICI graduate path until the company was taken over by Ineos in 1999. After leaving the graduate scheme, training and development becomes more personal and self-prescribed to suit the role. I moved to Cassel in 2000 and worked as Development Manager on the Ammonium Sulphate, Sodium Cyanide, Butyl Methacrylate, Methacrylic Acid and Impact Modifier plants before moving to Aycliffe in 2012. I have picked up many skills on the way and most of those I wouldn’t have considered when I first set off on this path. Change is inevitable and I have evolved into my current role and feel that my skill set is strong but there’s always room for improvement.
Q. How would you describe the work environment and Company culture?
A. At Aycliffe there is plenty of headroom for everyone who works here to make improvements and that is very liberating, empowering and refreshing. Sometimes it’s quite a thing to be told to just get on and make something happen when you think there’s a better way. It also helps that everyone knows each other and the atmosphere is like being in one big extended family and that helps to make the work enjoyable.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your role/working at Lucite?
A. The best part of my current role is the variety it brings as well as the freedom to change things for the better. I also like the idea of being the “go-to-guy” to facilitate getting things done and to offer assistance to anyone wanting to make improvements that they want to progress.
Q. What advice would you give to somebody considering applying to Lucite International?
A. Go for it, you would be joining a world leading business which offers plenty of scope for career development within a friendly and supportive company.