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Michelle McVeigh — Packing Shift Manager

Name: Michelle McVeigh
Job title: Packing Shift Manager
Employer: Haribo
Qualification: 6 GCSE (B-D) and a number of training courses provided by Haribo

What does a Packing Shift Manager do?

I look after the packing floor and make sure all the packing machines are running efficiently and producing a high quality end product for our customer. I have 31 packing machines and up to 120 staff to manage and look after which includes a team of 5 supervisors, 1 packing trainer and 2 material controllers over 4 different shift patterns.  

How did you end up in this job?

I have progressed through the business and came straight from college with no real qualifications but a positive attitude that I want to work and learn. I started training on the packing machine within 9 months of joining the company and it came naturally to me and I enjoyed running the machines. After around 6 years I was trained on all the packing lines and applied for a different role so I could become a trainer for the department and teach all the procedures and policies that we have in place and also write new ones that were needed. When I was successful in getting the job I started learning a different side of the business and knew I wanted to progress more. When the opportunely came to apply for the Packing Manager role, I jumped at the chance and was successful and I have never looked back. I have been with Haribo 14 years now and I have loved every minute of it!

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love telling people what I do, as soon as you mention Haribo people’s faces light up and start asking you questions about your job. It is really nice to work for such a recognisable brand and hear all the positive feedback you get from people when they talk about the Haribo product.

What was your starting salary?

I started out working on the shop floor in the packing department as a temporary worker in 2004 and my starting salary was around £18,000.

If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to aim high; there is only you stopping you getting to where you want to be in life. Not every day is easy and some days you will feel like the challenges put in front of you in your career are too much, but just remember if it was easy anybody could do it.

Did you buy something special with your first pay cheque?

I was always focused on buying my own house early on so most of my first pay cheque went straight in my saving so I could get a mortgage. It did not take me long to save and I bought my first house at the age of 20.