Kath Clark - Engineering Administrator
I love the fact that every day is different in my role and with each day comes new challenges.
My name is Kath Clark and my career with Princes began back in March 2001. I would wholeheartedly recommend working for Princes to others. People are treated fairly, there is a great pension scheme and the working conditions here at the Eden Valley site are excellent. Furthermore, if you work hard there are opportunities to progress and there is plenty of training available.
My first role within the company was as a part-time cleaner, the vacancy having been created when my predecessor was promoted to a HR role. I was initially attracted to the company because my children were in junior school at the time and my role fitted around their school hours.
Shortly after starting this role, I was invited to take on an engineering administration role in order to assist site engineers keep up to date with their paperwork in the pre-SAP days. SAP is the software Princes use. It covers everything from safety and quality to manufacturing and engineering. It is vital to the daily functioning of the site. In this new role, I was recognised as a SAP key user and I have never looked back.
Today my job title is Engineering Administrator and my role is hugely varied. I am responsible for all admin regarding engineering, including managing all aspects of the stores, the planned preventative maintenance system (PPMS), ordering parts, monitoring budgets, participating in audits and ordering personal protective equipment (PPE). I am a group SAP super user. I love SAP, which is fortunate because I am one of three people involved in the second phase of the Warehouse Management System project (WMS). WMS totally changed the way we work which is why I train other key users. I also designed a training matrix which will assess and ensure all engineers are fully trained in SAP and I am currently rolling out refresher training on site.
However, what I am most proud of is creating the new PPMS twelve years ago. I was new to the engineering admin role and was only working part time but after consulting manufacturing manuals and the engineering team, I created the majority of the PPMS on the old system we had. Then, early in 2015, with the support of IT and my manager, I created a training manual and travelled across the UK to deliver training to key users at other Princes sites. On the back of this, I was seconded on to the SAP Implementation Project in Mauritius at our tuna factory. This involved being away from the UK for three months and training the trainers in all aspects of SAP engineering. This has been my biggest professional challenge to date. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful experience. The people were very welcoming and we were well looked after by the company.
One of the best things about working for Princes is that if you go the extra mile, you are recognised and rewarded for your hard work. I also love the fact that every day is different in my role and with each day comes new challenges. I enjoy working with the engineers, ensuring suppliers get parts onto site quickly and working within an ever-changing environment. I would like to add that if you are ever given the opportunity to go and work on other sites that you should absolutely take it! I personally love going to other factories to see their best practices and I am a firm believer in sharing knowledge.