Carlos Perez Bernaldez

"I like the way that the company spots potential and gives people the chance to show what they can do."

"I started with Branston in August 2013. Initially I was with an employment agency but then during Induction one of the girls in QA suggested I should apply for a role that was being advertised for a machine operator. So I applied and I got the job.

It’s quite different from the sorts of jobs I did in Spain, where I was in an office. But then I don’t expect to go in to a new job as an expert. I’m a fast learner and I soon pick it up. It was hard at the beginning, but I enjoyed it and I’d much rather be active and moving around than stuck in front of a computer all day.

I’ve been given a lot of opportunities here at Branston. I’ve had training to help me in my current role and to upskill me so that I can be even more useful to the business. I like the way that the company spots potential and gives people the chance to show what they can do. For example, in 2016/17 I did the Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) course. It was all very new to me, so it was a really big challenge, a bit overwhelming at times, but really good.

There were five of us on the course, all from very different backgrounds and different areas of the business, so we learned a lot from each other and we bonded really well. We worked on developing efficiencies and we’ve saved the company quite a lot of money, so they’ve seen that we really can do things when we put our heads together. 

I think that the FME course is one of the things that helped me get promoted to Production Team Leader. Now I lead the whole of the shift in Production – machine operators, graders and packers. There’s still a lot of development for me in my current role. I’m learning how to be more efficient and I also provide cover for my manager when needed. It can be quite a challenge at times, but I know that the rest of the team are there to support me. And that’s what makes it worthwhile."

Jenny Birkett

Jenny Birkett

Senior NPD Manager

"I joined straight from University on the Graduate Development Programme."

Anthony Hutchison

Anthony Hutchison

Sizing Line Team Leader

"I'm responsible for making sure that our line is as efficient and lean as it can be."

Carlos Perez Bernaldez

Carlos Perez Bernaldez

Production Team Leader

"I like the way that the company spots potential and gives people the chance to show what they can do."

Merren Lewendon

Merren Lewendon

Agronomy Operative

"I really enjoy going out in the fields, especially on a lovely summer's day."

Hayden Terry

Hayden Terry

QA Team Leader

"One of the best things about working here is all the training and development."

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Maintenance Co-ordinator

"There's always something to learn and some new challenge to overcome."

Jim Aitken

Jim Aitken

Senior Agronomist

"I'm passionate about getting the best out of potatoes and making sure that the end consumer does too."

Dominic Groom

Dominic Groom

Customer Technical Manager

"I get to be involved in every step - from stock selection in the field to how the products are presented in store."