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Day in the Life - David Noble

Production Manager

Day in the Life - David Noble

Tell the readers about your position and what you do on a day-to-day basis:

As production manager I control the business resources to meet the customer demand in the most cost effective and efficient way while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety. A typical day starts by analysing production reports from the previous day to identify opportunities to improve productivity. Attending meetings is important to align with other departments and control specific projects that allow the effective planning for future demand and meet the business strategies. One of the most important is the morning shipping meeting where Dispatch, Production, Customer service, Purchasing and quality teams confirm the customer orders due that day for dispatch and raise any issues for the teams to resolve. The rest of my time is spent managing specific tasks to drive the business forward continually improving.

What keeps you motivated to go to work each day?

I learnt early in my career if you’re not happy with something in your life, only you can change that. Working for an organisation that values and rewards its employees while encouraging people to improve and be the best you can ticks the box for me.

What do you like best about your job?

My role presents me with many challenges and brings me in to contact with lots of people. I enjoy overcoming challenges and achieving results, helping people to do the same are just two things that make me happy and who doesn’t like to be happy.

What do you think are the main challenges in your job and how do you handle these?

Working to achieve objectives whether they be urgent customer orders, keeping costs to budget, planning the resource to meet demand or key business objectives. Understanding the problem and what’s required to achieve results by prioritizing, decisive decision making and team work to bring success.

Tell the readers about something funny that has happened whilst working at ESG.

On our first family fun day we were setting everything up for the big event including some helium balloons which one of the directors decided to inhale. They shall remain nameless but it was belly aching funny their mickey mouse voice.

What are you most proud of in your career to date?

The work I do as an Enterprise Advisor with The Leeds Enterprise Partnership and The Leeds Manufacturing Festival. I work with schools and colleges to encourage young people to look at careers in manufacturing. Its one of the many great initiatives ESG supports within the local community.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy mountaineering and climbing, Ive completed climbs on the North Face of Ben Nevis and done some amazing Ice climbing in Iceland. I have a goal to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland so everything I do takes me a step closer to achieving that goal.

Tell the readers something about yourself that they might not know.

In 2018 I spent 26 hours climbing a route called Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis with 3 climbing friends after one of them got into difficulty. We worked together as a team to support him, climbing through the night helping him to summit in the early hours of the following morning. It was an incredible experience physically and mentally.

What’s your karaoke ‘go-to’ song?

If I am intoxicated enough its Meatloaf and two out of three aint bad.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, dead or alive???

My mother and father who are sadly no longer alive. I would stay up all night reminiscing and having a good laugh. If only this was possible but the thought is truly heart warming.

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