The inside scoop

Three members of our talented team share their personal experience of life at Natures Way Foods


Robbie Twyford

What's your role at NWF?
I am a third year Apprentice Engineer, and work within the Engineering team to help keep production working as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

What qualifications/experience/capabilities did you have before starting your role?
Before I started working for NWF, the only qualifications I had were my GCSE’s and AS Levels in Accounting and Business Studies.

How long have you been at NWF?
Since September 2012.

What does a typical day look like?
A typical shift at NWF can change from day to day depending on how the machinery is running and the amount of breakdowns during the day. It involves completing daily planned maintenance, to prevent breakdowns from occurring, attending all breakdowns, and rectifying the situation as safely and as quickly as possible, and also working on continuously improving sites at all times.

What training have you had whilst at NWF?
While working at NWF I have had the opportunity to complete lots of training courses. These include Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations in electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. Once I had completed this, I then started a B-Tech Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. I have been attending college once a week for  2 years while NWF have been training me on the job. I have my own mentor and shift partners to help build up my skills and experience. Other training I have received include TIG welding, Pneumatic system training, forklift and MEWP training.

How has your career progressed since joining NWF?
I believe my career has been boosted dramatically since joining NWF, the amount of knowledge, skills and experience I have gained is massive. Before I started working here I had a very small knowledge of engineering on this scale, and now believe I can be a useful part of the team within engineering here.

What’s been your greatest achievement/ what are you most proud of since joining NWF?
I believe my greatest achievement so far is the project I am coming towards the end of now. I have built a panel for replacement of the waste bin tipper in the north side washers. This consisted of completing the electrical drawings for the panel, fitting and wiring in all components, such as contactors, overloads, and safety circuit, whilst number referencing all wiring. And also writing a fully automated program using a Programmable Logic Controller.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I believe the best thing about my job is that I learn something new every day, and enjoy the work I complete.

How would you describe your work culture?
I would describe my work culture as motivating, challenging and most of all I enjoy learning something new every day.

 

Louise McWilliams

What’s your role at NWF? 
I’m the Financial Controller for the Natures Way Foods group of companies which comprises a main trader (NWF) and a small watercress producer (Sun Salads UK & Sun Salads Spain).

What qualifications/experience/capabilities did you have before starting your role?
I’m a qualified accountant with wide ranging experience both across industries and roles. I’ve done a range of different finance roles in the past mainly for large companies e.g. Northrop Grumman, Colgate, Syngenta, Glaxo SmithKline.

How long have you been at NWF?
I'm celebrating my 1yr anniversary!

What does a typical day look like?
Every day is different but in the main I’m responsible for:
• Leading the “Reporting and Information” team as well as the “Financial Transactions” team
• Publishing the internal period results
• Managing the company’s cash position
• Statutory compliance e.g. statutory accounts, tax returns, company secretarial admin

What training have you had whilst at NWF?
My Finance training has mainly been on-the-job learning and additionally we’ve had some excellent internally run leadership training.

How has your career progressed since joining NWF?
I’ve acquired a lot of business knowledge across all the functions. Because NWF is an SME environment I’ve found that I’ve been able to effect change quickly and have got to know a lot of areas of the business that wouldn’t normally be possible in a large Corporation.

What’s been your greatest achievement/ what are you most proud of since joining NWF?
The thing I’m most proud of is the network of people that I’ve built across the business, both internally and externally. This includes strong relationships with our very accessible Executive Team.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I like the variety of what I do. No two days are ever the same. I’m lucky enough to lead a very competent and dedicated team who gel very well together. I particularly enjoy my involvement with Sun Salads as this is very different from NWF in that it’s much smaller and their core business is a farm that supplies NWF.

How would you describe your work culture?
The culture is one of fast pace decision making. The environment is stimulating, constantly moving and has great people.

 

Richard Bonn

What’s your role at NWF?
Supply Chain Director

What qualifications/experience/capabilities did you have before starting your role? 
A degree in horticulture and some seven years of fresh produce/short shelf life industry experience.

How long have you been at NWF?
Nine years

What does a typical day look like? 
No day is typical. Mostly meetings (UK and abroad), presentations and negotiation meetings (customer and supplier)...Also future planning for the team and the business.

What training have you had whilst at NWF? 
Impact and influencing, Management and Leadership development, Negotiation skills training and I have been lucky to have received some 1-2-1 coaching on business leadership.

How has your career progressed since joining NWF? 
I have gone from subject expert to a business leader in 6 years and been in the role for three years. Development here is very much encouraged as long as you can keep pace. We will always invest in people who show promise and determination.

What’s been your greatest achievement/ what are you most proud of since joining NWF?
Beating the competition when times are tough!!!

What’s the best thing about your job? 
It is very varied, no two days are the same. I love the pace of the industry and being empowered to make change happen.

How would you describe your work culture?
Hard work but extremely rewarding and a lot of fun!