United Biscuits: Naidene Samuel - Careers case study
Naidene Samuel is a Process Engineer at United Biscuits
Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
I am a young engineer working in the central process engineering team at
United Biscuits. My job role involves using Lean Six-Sigma methodology to
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?
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
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
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
What advice would you give to other people looking to pursue a career in this
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
workplaces thrive when there is a good representation of both genders.
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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014