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Warburtons Family Bakers

Leaders

Making sure every bakery runs smoothly

As our family is so extensive, it's important to make sure everyone has the right support. So each of our bakery sites has its own Finance, Health & Safety, Human Resources and Administration teams who make sure everything runs smoothly (and everyone's happy) at a local level, while our Head Office teams look at the company as a whole.

  • Craig

    When did you join?

    I joined as a Graduate Trainee 17 years ago and was keen for a role which would offer a variety of opportunities.

    Describe your current role

    General Manager ' responsible for P & L for three sites (one multi plant manufacturing and distribution, two distribution depots). I aim to provide clear strategy and leadership to ensure manufacture and distribution to all our customers and consumers in the South East.

    What are your biggest achievements?

    Working with the team at Enfield Bakery where we Improved service levels, on time delivery and order fulfilment as well achieving the highest profit the site has ever achieved.

    Have you received much development?

    I've been on many internal and external courses but more importantly than that, I have been afforded the opportunity to try different roles, in many different areas across the business including manufacturing, distribution, technical, depots and head office. This has given me the breadth of experience, skills and knowledge to be able to attain and enjoy my current role.

    Would you recommend the company?

    Yes, I would. I have worked in many sites and a variety of roles across the business and have come to realise our people are definitely our biggest asset.

  • Mike

    What's your role?

    I'm Health & Safety Manager at the Newburn bakery. I look after two sites, making sure they operate safely and meet the extensive regulations through guidance and training. I'm continually promoting the importance of safety.

    Why did you join Warburtons?

    My background is in heavy and light engineering, and they approached me while I was working for Whitworths, to help them build a new bakery in the North East.

    What training have you had?

    I've worked at three different management levels, and in doing so have gained a Diploma in Management Studies, an MBA, Baking Certificate, a NEBOSH Certificate and NVQ Level 4 Health and Safety Practitioner to Diploma Level.

    Why would you recommend Warburtons?

    It offers good training and good prospects for promotion for anyone who applies themselves with the right attitude.

  • Eve

    What's your role?

    I'm currently HR Manager for both our Bolton bakery and Runcorn depots.

    What does it involve?

    I partner with all the key operational functions, particularly in relation to organisational structure, performance management, talent, engagement andHR compliance.

    What do you like about the role?

    One day I could be reacting to operational demands - the next day I might be focusing on the long-term HR strategy.My remit also includes national HR projects such as our new application tracker system. It's both varied and demanding, but hugely fulfilling!

    What attracted you to Warburtons?

    A big part of my decision to apply here was firstly the fact that Warburtons is an established brand. But perhaps more importantly was its emphasis on values and culture, particularly the family heritage. I felt this perfectly matched my own work-life values.

  • David

    How long have you been with Warburtons?

    I joined in June 2014.

    Why did you join Warburtons?

    I'd always admired Warburtons from afar with its great brands, ambition, strong family values, fantastic culture and great people! So when an opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance.

    Describe your current role

    I'm the site lead for the West Midlands and look after the Wednesbury bakery and its distribution arm as well as our depot in Stone. Together with my leadership team, we're responsible for turning strategy and long term thinking into day to day reality. We couldn't do this without our committed team who help us make decisions every day about the bread quality and delivering it to our customers.

    What are your biggest challenges?

    I need to ensure we're flexible and have the capability to deliver and continually improve in a volatile market. It's a challenge I enjoy and thrive on.

    What are you particularly proud of?

    I'm extremely proud to lead the West Midlands team who are wonderful to work with and united around doing our best.

    What is your biggest achievement?

    A significant achievement was successfully launching our premium bread range against a very tight timescale..

    What development are you undertaking?

    I've attended the leadership programme and several other opportunities to develop my skills.

  • Mark

    How long have you been with Warburtons?

    I've been with Warburtons since September 2015.

    What did you do before Warburtons?

    I was Supply Chain Manager at Arla Foods.

    Why did you join Warburtons?

    There are a number of similarities between Warburtons and my previous company both in terms of the supply chain and the culture. However, I was particularly excited by the opportunities that I could see with Warburtons for advancement in my career.

    Describe your current role

    I'm currently on a short term secondment as Manufacturing Manager at Burnley Bakery. In a nutshell my role is to inspire and focus the team to excel at what they do each and every day.

    What are you proud of?

    I'm proud of the team that we have at Burnley and I'm proud of their openness and willingness to embrace new things.

    What development are you undertaking?

    I'm using the opportunity to get exposure to as many areas of the business that I possibly can. Everyone is encouraged to develop themselves by getting involved in new projects, secondments or more formal development programmes.

  • Vivienne

    Describe your current role

    I'm a General Manager, so the variety of the role is far reaching, from getting involved in new plant installations to helping create opportunities for people to build new skills. There's always the opportunity to make a difference to the company and the overall employee experience.

    How long have you been with Warburtons?

    Almost 6 years.

    Why did you join Warburtons?

    From the moment I sat in reception waiting to have my first interview, I knew Warburtons was the company that I wanted to work for. The way people said hello to you, when they walked into the building really spoke volumes about the company and the people who work here.

    What are your biggest challenges?

    As a General Manager, there are a number of challenges we have to meet: Asking people to change their shifts due to fluctuations in bread demand, always delivering quality products to help keep our competitors at bay and creating an engaging employee experience 24/7.

    What are you particularly proud of?

    As a General Manager, I'm very proud of the how teams embrace the opportunity to develop by changing their roles or taking on additional challenges. It's very rewarding when a team member gets promoted, or are asked share best practice.

    On a personal note, being the first female General Manager is something I hope encourages other females to take on the challenge of operations. It may not be glamorous, but it's more rewarding than I could ever describe.

    What development are you undertaking?

    I've recently completed a level 2 diploma in 'Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills'.