I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Chemical Engineering after studying my Masters in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle and I joined the technical graduate scheme.
I was attracted to the FMCG sector largely because of the diversity of the opportunities and work involved in running a large multinational FMCG organisation, and because it’s so rewarding to see something tangible you’ve been involved in on shelves everywhere you go. pladis was particularly attractive to me in starting my career because of its clear plans for growth. It felt like a great time to join.
I started as a process engineering graduate, primarily focused on the characterisation of materials (ingredients and products) and how they behave under dynamic conditions (such as mixing, heating and cooling). I then moved into a process development role for European projects (specifically France and Netherlands), which gave me experience working outside the UK. I completed my graduate scheme with four months in savoury innovation marketing, which I’d specifically asked for to improve my commercial acumen and understanding of the wider business.
My favourite pladis product is either Sweet Chilli Cracker Crisps or Carr’s Melts.