Meet the Team: Assistant Warehouse Co-ordinator, Colin Hickson
In our latest interview in the ‘Meet the Team’ series, we speak to British Salt Assistant Warehouse Co-ordinator, Colin Hickson, who tells us about his work over the past 15 years at our Middlewich location.
When did you join the company and how has your career progressed?
I joined back in 2004, working as a general warehouse operative at British Salt and I was appointed to the position of Team Leader after about six months with the company. I worked very happily in that role until December of last year before taking up my current position.
In my Team Leader role, I led a great team of around 25 people who provided a 24-hour warehouse service, via split shifts.
In your current role, what are your main responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?
In my current role of Assistant Warehouse Co-Ordinator I now have two Team Leaders who report in to me and as they, in turn, have responsibility for a team of warehouse staff.
My job is very varied and includes stock forecasting, storekeeping, planning and compiling pack lists for different British Salt product types across eight different lines (four of which operate 24 hours per day) including the new state- of-the-art, fully automated packaging lines.
We have to be well organised and pay attention to detail to meet our customers’ requirements and the demands of our UK and international delivery schedule, across our portfolio of British Salt products.
What do you enjoy most about working in the warehouse ?
I enjoy the pace, the varied challenges and the great team spirit in the warehouse and also appreciate the support of the senior management.
No two days are the same and another aspect of working for British Salt that I particularly enjoy is the fact that we are encouraged to present our own ideas for improvements to our systems and the working environment.
For example, I’m currently working on presentations relating to some enhancements I have suggested for the bagging area and if they are given the go ahead I will be involved in the implementation as well as coming up with the initial concept.
I also enjoy the learning opportunities presented by the company, such as the ILM Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership programme.
How have warehouses changed since you first started work?
Without a doubt the technology has become increasingly sophisticated and this enables warehouse facilities at companies such as our own to play a vital role in meeting customer expectations.
What are your main interests outside the workplace?
I am a member of two bands that perform Blues & Ska music in and around the local area and I enjoy going to the gym regularly – usually three times a week.