Members of staff from different areas of the business share with you their roles, challenges and career progression within the company.
Julie Hall, Production Manager
JULIE: "My journey started in 2001 in the sales office at Todhills factory. I soon progressed to be an Office Manager, a role I enjoyed for the next 11 years - working between the Eldon and Todhills factories.
"During this time, I gained a lot of knowledge of Brick manufacturing - from their production through to despatch. I therefore decided that I wanted to be part of the production process and was given the opportunity to become a Technical Officer at Todhills factory, which I enjoyed immensely.
"A further opportunity came along later for the position of Production Shift Manager, and it was this role I found both very rewarding and challenging.
"I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given to develop my career as Production Manager and proud to be part of the Brick manufacturing process working for Wienerberger."
Poli Lunt, Factory Controller
POLI: "Wienerberger has been a milestone in my career - having started off as a graduate from Salford University where I studied Finance and Accounting.
"I first joined Wienerberger as a temp covering maternity leave for the Assistant Controller at our old Cheadle fatory. I was then given the opportunity to become a permanent member of staff in the same role but based at our factory at Sandtoft - which I held for almost three years, before being promoted to the role of Factory Controller for the Roof tile plants in 2015.
"While the job itself is very demanding at times, the feeling of overcoming challenges always compensates for this. I am continually learning every day when undertaking the different aspects of my role, which I hope will improve my expertise, the department and the business overall. I am excited to see what Wienerberger has in store for the future."
Stephanie Palmer, Sustainability Manager
STEPHANIE: "It's widely acknowledged that 'buy-in from the top' is essential for a successful sustainability programme, so it was great to see that Wienerberger had already attained this level of support when I joined in January 2015.
"To date, Wienerberger is the only major Brick manufacturer in the UK to have publicly-stated company sustainability targets which are reported upon annually. Working for the MD in a role dedicated to enhancing sustainability performance was just what I had been looking for. It was a real opportunity to make a difference and an important next-step in my career!
"My challenge within Wienerberger is twofold - to drive progress from within, working with multiple teams to explore opportunities for improved resource efficiency - and to help build trust in our brand through transparent communication with stakeholders. With this broad scope, no two days are the same. One day I may be meeting with Government or our trade association in London and on the next, I'll be pulling on boots and a hi-vis jacket visiting a factory. The role is demanding but the culture of teamwork and 'can-do' attitude within the company makes Wienerberger a great place to work."
Ben Newnham, Production Manager
BEN: "I began working in the Brick industry in April 1997 for what was then Baggeridge Brick. My first job was cleaning and maintaining kiln cars at the Waresley plant. After 12 months I was offered a position on a '4 on-4 off' shift cycle as a Spare Man. During this time, I picked up various skills on machinery around the plant including Extruder, Soft Mud Machine, Finger Car, Setter, Dehacker and Signode. Some may say I became a jack of all trades!
"After spending around five years moving around various machines and improving my skills, I was offered the chance to train as a Relief Foreman by my Shift Manager. I was keen to take this chance and accepted straight away. As luck would have it, the Production Foreman moved on and I took over his role, spending the next 6 years in that position.
"My next career opportunity came when the Waresley Plant was looking to appoint a Process Manager. After being convinced I could carry out the role successfully - I applied - and got the job!
"After a couple of years the role developed into a Continuous Improvement Manger role. I enjoyed the new challenge and felt I made a positive contribution to the plant but I yearned to get back to being involved with the day to day running of the shifts. So, when an opportunity arose at the newly opened H2 plant, I jumped at the chance of leading a shift again. I have been in my current role for nearly 18 months and although there are no quiet days, I enjoy my work very much.
"There are many pressures involved with the day to day running of a shift, with many central departments looking to push Wienerberger forward including Health & Safety, Quality, Continuous Improvement and Energy. They are all implementing projects and new initiatives which require our time and attention, not to mention the extra training which has come our way over the last 2 years."