Productivity Expert · Speaker · Author
I started my first job, working as the process engineer at the largest privately owned aluminium windows and doors business in Australia, Bradnam’s Windows and Doors. My role was to help find extra capacity at the old site, where it had been operating for 20+ years. Following this, I was entrusted to manage the factory’s move to a brand new purpose-built site.
In 2004, I got an opportunity to join Arnott’s Biscuits as a production manager at a highly automated plant in Sydney. I was later offered a manufacturing manager role at a plant that Arnott’s was planning to shut down at that time.
Subsequently, I moved to Arnott’s Brisbane site to manage yeast-based production lines that manufactured products such as Jatz, Cheds, water crackers and many of the other varieties that got packed in the assorted cheese-board selections.
In between my Arnott’s role and the next, I worked for Greens General Foods on a short-term assignment developing and implementing a process improvement framework to improve efficiencies on two of their biggest production lines. This role provided me great insights to how mid-tier, privately owned FMCG companies operate.