IOI Sustainability Manager
Knockmorehill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Favourite Coca-Cola Hellenic Product: Coke Zero
I joined Coca Cola in 2003 as a quality team supervisor. I expected Coca-Cola Hellenic to be a fast moving and dynamic company; true to form, it was. I was involved in topics and business decisions from the first month. Operating a multiple levels was the biggest positive change for me to embrace, as I had interactions from shop floor to General Manager Level within the first three months of joining.
From Supervisor, I moved to Production Manager within nine months, and then onto Operations Manager at our Lambeg site in County Antrim. With our plant opening in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, an opportunity opened for me as Operation Manager and then Zone Operation Manager. I moved into the position of Continuous Improvement Manager and in 2015, I became Sustainability Manager for the island of Ireland, looking after Quality, Environment, Health & Safety.
"Step outside your comfort zone and try new things"
I worked for a small local bottler for five years as Quality and Production Manager, before joining Coca-Cola HBC. I was educated at University of Ulster and Loughry College in both Business Studies with Marketing and Food Technology.
I am passionate about making a difference and I really enjoy helping people to deliver against their target actions. I prefer working side by side with someone to help them achieve their goals. The impact of working in Coca-Cola HBC has pushed me outside my comfort zone on a number of occasions including presenting to the CEO of company, and preparing and delivering business plans and projects which added significant value to the company’s profitability and performance.
My advice to a new employee within the company would be; don’t hold back, embrace every opportunity you are given and if you are not offered an opportunity – then volunteer yourself to be included! We always want to see people embrace situations and try new things. Take every experience as a learning opportunity.
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