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?
I 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
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
When did you start working for your company?
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
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
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
Factory Managers etc)
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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014