I joined Croda in 2010 through the Apprentice Program and for a full year, I gained knowledge and experience in three different areas, R&D Synthesis Laboratory as a Research Scientist, Process as a Process Technologist and Quality as a Development Analyst. The programme provided a great opportunity to gain knowledge of the organisation from different perspectives. The apprentice program gave me the opportunity to learn fast about all the technologies that Croda uses and I was responsible for conducting many projects that helped Croda make improvements with products and laboratory instruments.
In 2011 I was given the role of Process Technologist and during this time I conducted and managed projects based on the Six Sigma methodology. I also provided day-to-day support on product issues to the manufacturing site.
In 2014 I was promoted to the next level of Process Technologist where I was responsible for keeping the operations KPIs according to our targets, and presenting these to management. During this time I also attended a management training course in the UK and as part of my managerial responsibility I also managed a graduate from our graduate program.
An opportunity arose in 2015 for me to move to the technical team. This would result in my first management role and now as a Lead Research Scientist I have the responsibility for leading a team and conducting synthesis projects of new product developments for all markets, transfer of global key products for local manufacturing and to make the synthesis laboratory safe and productive.