During college I began looking at universities to study a science based degree however, it was my chemistry tutor who pointed me in the direction of a work based placement while studying for a degree on the trainee scientist scheme with Uniqema and Teesside Training Enterprise. I decided to apply and was fortunate enough to be successful. I started the 2 year scheme in the Core Research and Development Laboratory for sunscreen formulation and evaluation: Under the guidance of a Research Chemist, I was responsible for formulating and testing sunscreen additives under a variety of controlled conditions. In my second placement I was responsible for maintaining and updating the on-going screening programme for the water-based drilling lubricant project in the oilfield business. I Was fortunate during this time to be offered a full-time position with Uniqema before the scheme was due to end.
Here I provided a Technical Service role, performing experiments, writing reports and relaying results to customers in a presentable format.
It was at this time the decision was made to split the lubricant and oilfield business and I was promoted to a Technical Service Chemist in the oilfield department. It was in this department that I worked on several projects including asphaltenes, water-based lubricants and specialised demulsification technology which now forms part of the Geo Technologies sector, one of Croda’s fastest growing businesses.
The move to the lubricants department allowed me to transfer my skills and knowledge in oilfield to this more downstream market. A great achievement here was patenting the technology in the friction reducer project. I ran the technical projects in the fuels sector initiating customer specific and market required projects.
It was in 2010 that I decided it was a good time to change and take a small step away from the laboratory and have the opportunity to expand my skills into management accepting the position as team leader for the newly created Geo Technologies business segment at Croda. It was an exciting opportunity to pass on my knowledge in oilfield as well as learning the other markets such as Water Treatment and Mining. After three years, the applications team was very well established, respected and investigating new areas for Geo Technologies. A high proportion of this role involved visiting customer and sales team around the globe to emphasis the niche areas of Geo Technologies and to provide training for the development of this newly created business.
Throughout my technical career I have always enjoyed the technical role and all the connotations that came with such a role, especially when you tell someone you are a scientist for a living; but the role never completely satisfied my skills and abilities. I was thrilled when the technical marketing role became available and thought this would be a good new role that would still keep my technical side interested. I believe the Geo Technology is at the birth of its life cycle and I relish at the thought of what it can become in next couple of years and glad to be an instrumental passenger on the way.
I was promoted in April 2016 to Marketing Manager which now means I am much more involved in the overall strategy and direction for Geo Technologies. The collection of market research from customer unmet needs to industry trends are a the forefront of daily activities. My objectives are to drive innovative new product development programmes that deliver strong effective value propositions which are monitored through product life cycle analysis.
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