Start date: December 1998
“I graduated with a degree in Accountancy and Finance from De Montfort University in 1995 and joined Lucas Aerospace on their graduate training scheme. I joined one of Samworth Brothers' companies in Leicester as Finance Manager in 1998 and three years later was promoted to Financial Controller. I became Finance Director in 2003. In June 2012, I moved to another company within the Group.
Location: Melton Mowbray
Over the years I have been with the Group, I have undertaken a number of different training programmes, such as the Samworth Brothers’ Leadership Programme, which took place over two and a half years, and a Common Purpose course where I met business leaders from other industries to share best practice and find common solutions. I also take regular CIMA training for general accountancy updates.
The Group is very strong in supporting people’s professional qualifications. For example, a Payroll Clerk will be encouraged to take a professional payroll qualification. I have seen a number of people who have worked for me in junior clerical jobs progress to managerial roles. It’s great to see them rise through the ranks.
We always advertise vacancies internally and actively look to retain people within the Group. And, because we have multiple sites, employees can progress by gaining experience in other sectors. This is a fast-moving, dynamic environment with lots of challenges. For people who relish the idea of constant change then Samworth Brothers will give them lots of opportunity to learn and develop.”