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10 Questions With – David Proctor, UK Production Operations Director, Molson Coors
1 – If you were given 1 million pounds – how would you invest that in your business?
Invest in development/training across all levels of the organisation
2 – If you were prime minister, what would be the first thing you would change or improve for manufacturers?
Subsidise engineering degrees
3 – What is your view on post Brexit Britain – positive, negative or indifferent and why?
On balance I fear it could be negative, but we have the decision now so it is crucial we roll our sleeves up and make a fist of it!
4 – What is your proudest achievement related to manufacturing in your career?
Part of a turnaround team at Black & Decker – the change in operational performance in a period of nine months was incredible and a testament to the team that we assembled
5 – What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A man without data has opinions!
6 – How do you think the manufacturing community collectively, can continue to engage with young people to develop their interest in a career in manufacturing?
Better marketing of roles in industry and better pay – in line with other professions
7 – What is a typical day for you? Time you wake up, get to the factory/office, go home etc.
I am normally in work by 07:30. I will then aim to spend some time on the shop floor, often doing a safety observation, then my normal meeting routine will begin. I normally try to keep a few hours clear in the day to be able to focus on the big priorities. Sometimes I will try to get finished by 17:00, go for a run nearby, then shower and head home for 19:00.
8 – If you hadn’t embarked on a career in manufacturing, what do you think you would be doing now?
I think a doctor – fixing bodies!
9 – Any wise words, advice or tips for someone looking to pursue a career in manufacturing?
Get a sponsorship or placement either before or during your degree – you learn so much by getting out into industry and getting your hands dirty
10 – If you could choose, what would you like your legacy to be once you retire?
To have made a difference in UK manufacturing, specifically to have left a positive imprint on those left to continue the journey
David Proctor, UK Production Operations Director, Molson Coors Brewing Company.
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