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Production manager

As a graduate, I knew that if I proved my worth I could fast-track my career. That is exactly what happened. I don’t think there are many graduate schemes that offer this kind of development opportunity.



Why Smurfit Kappa?

I attended a graduate fair in Manchester and after speaking to the company’s UK Graduate Development Officer, I realised this was a unique opportunity for me to become an integral part of a company that is an industry leader.

Highlights of the Graduate Scheme:

The most rewarding thing for me was to see the impact that graduates can make on the business, while at the same time learning and developing. I could see first hand the added value my contribution was making to the business and also see the satisfaction of the operators who were working under the procedures I had put in place.

My career development:

Within four years of working for the company I have developed from a graduate trainee, to transport manager, and I am currently a production manager at the Witney site. There are three production leaders, a transport manager and three dispatch leaders working with me. I enjoy working for a major UK manufacturing plant and being given a degree of freedom to direct the operation using my own management style. It’s particularly pleasing to see the financial, staffing and general improvements gained from our work.

My future:

My aim is to work my way up through the Smurfit Kappa management hierarchy to senior level and to continue to personally develop. Although I have finished the graduate scheme, there is still a development structure to help me reach my personal and professional goals. 


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