James

Team Leader

Start date: November 2010
Location: Leicester

“I finished sixth form in June 2010 and through my Dad – who is Engineering Manager at one of the Samworth Brothers sites in Leicester – I got the chance to come to a recruitment day.

This led to me securing a permanent role and, in November 2010, I started in Low Risk as a Production Operative. I felt from day one that I was working in a place that had the right values and where everybody wanted to do well.

Throughout my first year in Low Risk, I jumped at the chance to do whatever I could to learn and progress. For example, the business introduced Health and Safety reps and I was nominated for my department. This meant I was given both responsibility and the freedom to come up with ideas to improve the way we worked.

After six months, I had proven myself in my role and showed enough potential that I was given the opportunity to run the line and be a stand-in Team Leader when cover was needed. In January 2012, I was promoted to full time Team Leader. In that time, I have built a strong team with an exceptional work ethos.

In March 2017 I was promoted to Low Risk Area Manager after a successful trainee period. This provides me with different challenges and targets which we constantly drive to achieve, working as a team to ensure we hit all our goals.

Over the seven years I have been here, I have completed NVQs in various fields, including food safety and team leading. I have also taken a bakery skills course at Leicester College. The latest qualification I have gained by being at Blueberry is an NVQ level 3 food manufacturing excellence.

Samworth Brothers  always gives me opportunities and I am always motivated to push myself to be the best. Recently I have been learning about my manager’s role and this has led to me covering the area in his absence.

It is is a great place to work and, if you show you are willing to learn and want to progress, then the company will always do whatever it can to ensure this.”

James Perrin