I began at Warwick International in 1992 as a Trainee Scientist. As part of the 2-year training programme there was the opportunity to study for qualifications at college on a 'day release' basis, and also to spend 6 month placements in different laboratories - learning many skills and working on several different project areas.
Upon completion of the 2-year training scheme, I was offered a permanent position in the Liquid Detergent development team, before later working on projects to promote the use of TAED in Pulp and Textile bleaching. I also continued my education part- time for 7 years at college to gain a 1st Class honours degree in Chemistry during 1999. I was also thrilled to be presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry award for outstanding achievement.
A turning point in my career was in 2000 when I joined the Performance Evaluation Section. This department generates information and data to support current TAED sales for detergent markets and the design of evaluation studies for many new product developments. This role quickly developed to provide remote technical support for Warwick Equest, based in Durham. Within this role there was opportunity to present at conferences in Germany and Milan. Generation of technical data and producing posters for new products has meant that I have been able to attend many European conferences, providing opportunities for customer networking, technical meetings and an understanding for key developments happening globally in the laundry detergent markets.
As part of the company's Operational Excellence programme, I trained as a Six Sigma DMAIC Black Belt. This has been invaluable when performing statistical analysis of results and has also assisted with training for Warwick Equest personnel. Many projects have been supported and implemented at Warwick Equest, introducing beneficial changes in the production processes in many areas on the shop floor. Working closely with Warwick Equest has become an interesting and enjoyable part of my job.