United Biscuits: Kathrin Setchell - Careers case study

Kathrin Setchell is a Process Engineering Manager at United Biscuits

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
Kathrin SetchellI usually work as part of cross-functional teams where I lead the Technical input to ensure we choose/buy/design the correct process equipment, e.g. for a new product launch or to replace existing equipment.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working with people at all levels and from all different departments of the organisation and I really get a buzz from making manufacturing processes work.

When did you start working for your company?
September 1998

What are the qualifications needed for this field?
German university degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin Verfahrenstechnik (equivalent to MEng Chemical/Process Engineering)

What was your route into the sector?
Milkround - UB Graduate Scheme

What attracted you to joining the industry?
I prefer the FMCG industry as it is a fast moving environment which fits my nature (as opposed to oil or pharmaceuticals where developments are on a much longer timescale). I also love seeing our products on the shelf.

What are your/your businesses key achievements to date?
Examples: significant reduction of manufacturing waste on chocolate covered lines in Harlesden, successful relaunch of Crinklys at the beginning of this year

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?
Manufacturing and Engineering is where exciting developments are happening

What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this sector?
Don't believe the rumours that there is not much manufacturing left in the UK, food manufacturing is a thriving sector.

Do you think it's important for women to consider similar careers? If so, why?
Yes, absolutely. Why would women not consider working as engineers? In my company women work in all departments (as Project Engineers, Engineering Managers, Factory Managers etc)

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014