What are your main responsibilities?
Managing A, B, C or D lines in the flaking department; running tests on machines; quality checks on flakes to make sure they meet spec; filling and weighing bags - and shifting onto pallets ready for delivery.
What does a typical day involve?
I’m on the floor 15 minutes before my shift to do handover. We run checks to make sure everything is working correctly, and there are no hazards or contaminations. Then, once flakes have gone through the process, we check them for thickness, moisture, enzyme activity, and colour.
What do you enjoy about it?
I’m quite sad really – but I find it fascinating. I actually look forward to coming in, seeing what's happening, and learning more about the processes and science behind them.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Getting the ingredient spec right every time. The majority of the time it's up to scratch simply by following the usual process, but if you get something come in wrong at the beginning, you have to work hard on it to get it up to the right standard.
Best moment you've had at EDME?
My best moment was the day they took me on because it’s so different to what I was used to - which was working on building sites. This is so much better. If you've worked in other industries, you'll know EDME is a good company to work for.
What difference does your work make to the business?
We are the backbone of the company in some ways. If we don’t get it right nobody else can do anything else with the product - so we have to make sure our work is always up to scratch.