James: My Sigmat Journey

06/07/2020

We know it takes a strong team to achieve what we have, and that's why we invest in our people. With opportunities for training, inter-departmental sabbaticals and promoting from within. 

We sat down with some of our teammates from different departments to hear about their Sigmat journey. 

What could your Sigmat career look like? 

Meet James our Manufacturing Manager

"I started at Sigmat in March 2016, and spent the first 6 months working alongside the Production Manager, helping to control day to day production in all areas of manufacturing at our Brighouse Facility.

I then moved onto Fabrication Development Engineer – initially assisting with the move of the factory to what is now our Leeds Manufacturing Facility. I helped set up the layout of departments such as fabrication and panel assembly whilst maintaining deliveries to site. I was proud that at that point the Fabrication team improved process to reduce hours per tonne of manufacturing HRS by 70%.

I was then promoted to Assistant Works Manager in Summer 2018 and given the opportunity for management training through on-the-job training and management of a team of 90 across four departments, and reporting to the Production Director. During this time I took on an additional interim role of Health & Safety - January 2019.

July 2019 the opportunity arose to gain experience within the Commercial side of the business and I was delighted to move to the role of Estimator. Responsible for submitting tenders, face to face client liaison and submitting proposed layout drawings. My experience in the factory meant I had prior knowledge of the business and the Sigmat System - this was beneficial in the team to help with technical related queries at the tender stage.

In March 2020 I was promoted (not to brag but again) to Manufacturing Manager in the Leeds factory to oversee day to day management of the production and manufacturing whilst maintaining high quality, efficiency and smooth running of the factory operations. Tasked with and achieving an ambitious level of output for the quarter."

 

Tell us a bit about your background before joining Sigmat.

Prior to Sigmat in 2005 I started as an apprentice fabrication and welding engineer studying at Bradford college until 2009, I completed my apprenticeship and spent 7 years as a fabricator and welder locally.

What training and development have you had?

Many in-house training from various senior members of Sigmat – varying from on-the-job training to one-to-ones. Sigmat has supported me though many courses including: IOSH, Health & Safety, CAD, First Aid, and Management Training.

How would you describe Sigmat’s culture?

Sigmat has a great culture because of our diverse team from many backgrounds. It's easy to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Sigmat is very team oriented – people socialise outside of work too

What do you like about Sigmat and what we do?

Sigmat is a forever developing business, meaning adapting regularly to meet the market demand. No two days are the same which makes it interesting and the people are people I would choose to be friends with outside of work as well.

What’s the best part of working for Sigmat?

The best part about working for Sigmat is the people. We have a great team from Estimating right up to Installation - everyone is easy to get along with and we all understand we are working together.

What would you say to a prospective candidate?

You would really enjoy it here, it’s a great place to work and I’ll see you at the Christmas party!!

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I've got a young daughter and love taking her around Yorkshire and spending time as a family. Outside of that I like socialising, attending the gym but not doing much while I'm there, playing rugby, comedy… and if I wasn’t a Manufacturing Manager at sigmat my ideal job would be a stand up comedian.

 

Next for me at Sigmat, I am hoping for continuous career development within Sigmat, and I am sure with the current leadership style in place it is achievable.
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