Tell us about your job
I really like how every day is different, with new challenges and plenty to do. I have four depots to look after and each one is run by a Night Depot Manager who reports to me. I am in constant contact with each one of them and we probably speak two or three times a day. In simple terms, our job is to get the product in and the product out.
I live in Liverpool and drive out to each depot on a regular basis. Nottingham is my largest location, so I tend to spend most of my time there. It’s open 24 hours a day, whereas the other depots in my area are smaller and operate throughout the night, from around 10pm, to 11am.
There is a bit of travelling with this job and I might stay out once a week to cut down on journey time, but it’s all doable. I get to have this fantastic job without having to move away from my home town.
What’s it like to work for Smiths News?
I have worked for the company for 14 years, starting as an 18-year-old when my dad, who works for the company, said it was time to get myself a job. I began by doing just one day a week – every Saturday night and Sunday morning – to fund my nights out in town. I was a Warehouse Operative packing the newspapers before they went out with the drivers. I continued with this for a couple of years, then decided to switch to a full-time position with the business.
In all the years I’ve worked for Smiths News, I’ve never got up and dreaded the day ahead. That makes me think I must be in the right place! The company been massively supportive and given me ample opportunity to prove myself, supporting my progression through five or six different roles.
When you start a new job here, you get a development plan – a staggered six- week programme highlighting what you need to learn and offering plenty of support with training.
Tell us about your career path
After working as a Warehouse Operative on nights, I became a team leader before progressing to Deputy Night Manager, then Depot Night Manager at the Liverpool depot. Then, the Operations Manager role for the Nottingham group came up. It’s certainly been a whirlwind journey, but one that I am really proud of.
What do you do in your downtime?
I spend a lot of time with my seven-year-old son and fiancée, and enjoy family holidays. As well as playing football, I coach and manage the team my boy plays for. I’m also a big Everton fan, so I go to the match most weekends.