Global and leading hygiene and health company Essity is focusing even more on science-based target initiatives. Andrew is a Technology Area Manager in Material and Energy Savings who is taking projects from concept to delivery in an exciting way.
Could you tell me what you do at Essity and what your job title entails?
My title is Technology Area Manager in Material and Energy Savings. The title is fairly descriptive; I’m responsible for material and energy saving initiatives, primarily within the papermaking side of Essity’s operations. That can be implementation of best practices, through to supporting sites with Capex initiatives (or any other initiatives we can do in terms of material and energy saving). More and more, my role is focusing on carbon reduction projects. For example, I’m the owner of the science-based targets roadmap for our UK manufacturing sites. We have a CO2 reduction initiative in Essity, and my role involves supporting the UK sites in reaching their targets with technological solutions and implementation of best practices.
Pre-pandemic involved a lot of travel to sites within Europe, allowing me to work within different locations and cultures. During the pandemic, travel has been restricted but I’ve still been able to support our UK sites.
How did you end up in this position and do you enjoy it?
I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and started working for a consultancy in Manchester dealing with Process Risk in the Oil and Gas Sector. From there I applied to the Essity Graduate Scheme in Manchester and I was offered a position at their North Wales Site. I worked there as a graduate from 2015-2018, focusing on the paper-making process. I then applied for the job that I have now.
I enjoy the work for a number of reasons. It’s something that has importance within Essity but also within society on a wider basis. Carbon reduction is critical for our long-term future and there’s a cost-saving aspect that’s also important. I care deeply about the fact that my job actually benefits people. There’s no limitation to what I can be working on, depending on location and requirements. My job has huge variety which avoids stagnation.
Essity’s priorities are evolving with regards to science-based target initiatives which means a huge emphasis has been placed on carbon saving and my team and I are really involved in that.
Day to day I’m working with outside suppliers, sharing things with the site, taking things from conception to delivery, and being an interface to keep things moving on projects.