United Biscuits: Naidene Samuel - Careers case study

Naidene Samuel is a Process Engineer at United Biscuits

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
Naidene SamuelI am a young engineer working in the central process engineering team at United Biscuits. My job role involves using Lean Six-Sigma methodology to improve the process capability and efficiency of our manufacturing lines. This can be achieved through material characterisation, data collection and data analysis.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I like that my job involves a lot of travel. Throughout the year I have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects, broadening my process engineering knowledge and business exposure.

My time is often split between the office and the factory, and I like this balance between desk and practical work.

My role carries a lot of responsibility but there are always opportunities for on the job learning as well as external training.

When did you start working for your company?
September 2013

What are the qualifications needed for this field?
A degree in chemical engineering

What was your route into the sector?
I joined the UB on their graduate scheme, shortly after graduating from university.

What attracted you to joining the industry?
I have always had an interest in the food industry. UB make products that I have grown up eating and I really enjoy working on product lines that have a visible consumer.

Furthermore, the food industry is always expanding and advancing. This is desirable for a process engineer, as it exposes me to a variety processes and operations. For example, new product development is necessary for a food company to be competitive. This means that as an engineer I get the chance to assess and commission new engineering technology to make such products.

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?
This career path is exciting, varied and there are many opportunities for career progression.

What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this sector?
To overcome any preconceived notions about working as an engineer. It is not a 'man's job' and the majority of the gender barriers that existed in the past are quickly disappearing.

Do you think it's important for women to consider similar careers? If so, why?
Definitely, women are underrepresented in engineering, which I think is a shame. We can often offer a different perspective than our male counterparts and workplaces thrive when there is a good representation of both genders.

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014