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Oliver, Production Manager



Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?

I joined Smurfit Kappa because I knew it would be a unique opportunity to become an integral part of a company which is a world leader in its field. After speaking to company representatives at the UK graduate fair and my interview, I was incredibly determined to join a company where I could make a huge impact on the business and my own personal development.

My career path with the company

I joined the company on the UK graduate scheme, whereby I completed various projects in various disciplines within four UK locations. I was not entirely sure which discipline I favoured and this structure allowed me to realize my field was operations. After completing the graduate scheme I became a Transport Manager, and I am currently a Production Manager of a plant the makes paper to board to finished product. 

What I am currently working on?

I am currently working on improving the plants productivity, reducing customer complaints and product waste. I am also working on removing excess pallet costs and working with our transport supplier to remove excess transport cost. These objectives are to be achieved whilst maintaining or improving our service levels. All of these objectives involve creating new systems which all plant team members are involved in creating. It’s imperative to include all team players to achieve results. 

What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa?

I would strongly recommend joining the business if the opportunity arises. For young people joining the business, I would always encourage them to ask and make suggestions, as there is a good chance that the idea you’re keeping from everyone is a good suggestion that has not yet been considered. I would say moving around on the graduate scheme should be embraced, which was a slight concern for me before I actually completed the scheme. Even out of the graduate scheme, irrespective of the employees age and background there is always a development opportunity for everyone.