AB MAURI offer many amazing career opportunities within the diverse areas of our business. Click the boxes below to explore a day in the life of an AB MAURI employee as they explain their roles and go about their day-to-day activites.
To start the day I take the first cup of coffee in front of Outlook. Today as every Monday I have a conference call with the Management Team to follow up on the current projects. Later I have a meeting with sales, marketing and NPD of innovation (new products…). I have a quick lunch with my team and continue with different calls. I prepare my presentation for the next Health & Safety plenary session in Cordoba and also my key message for the start of a new yeast project. I try to answer all the emails of the day, before leaving the office
Results oriented, strategic thinking, ability to prioritize, market orientation, leadership, decision making capacity, team building, empathy, embedment, structured and open mind.
My work means I travel all over China. My key tasks revolve around optimising distribution performance in the channel, training members of my sales team in order to help them achieve our sales targets and striving for sustainable development of our brands and distribution channels.
Continuously working with and training our sales team to develop their capability and working with our distribution channels to foster partnership in our sales process.
The most valuable assets for a company are employees that have excellent performance and having loyal distributors. You reap what you sow.
I have been in the role of Sales Manager since January 2003. Commitment to your career and being virtuous is important. You must have faith in your life and never stop learning!
One of the aspects that I really enjoy about my job is that every day is different. I can be in a scientific discussion internally or with external partners like universities. I could also be discussing application trials with our bakers or giving presentations to internal and external people.
I really enjoy managing research, development and application projects - especially defining research experiments, discussing the setup of baking trials and the results, and then transferring the information gained into a finished product. I enjoy managing these projects and working with a range of diverse people from different functions. The introduction of a new successful product based on the outcome of a scientific project is of course the most rewarding.
In my role it is vital to be creative and innovative. In addition to this, other skills and capabilities required are project management, being analytical, handling data, reporting, and problem-solving skills. It is key to have attention to detail but also be able to see the 'big picture' of a project.
I have always worked in a research, development and application environment in different roles. In all these roles, enzymes played a major part, however I was also involved in research on other ingredients like proteins, yeasts and flavours in mainly food applications like bakery, brewing, dairy and animal nutrition. I started at Unilever research laboratory and then moved to Quest (a Unilever division), through acquisitions by ICI and Kerry, before I moved to AB MAURI.
- Manage the Procurement team, fully engaged in the business, always trying to support them and help with their concerns.
Develop and train my team, always focusing on the succession plan.
Meetings with suppliers, trying to understand the markets and also to discover new materials, different options and other suppliers.
Explore all the savings opportunities.
Follow the trend of the economy, of the market and of the commodity prices.
Develop new suppliers for new products.
Review Budget and forecast numbers, always informing Marketing and Sales about price changes.
Negotiate major important items and capital investments.
You have to be curious and always find out a lot about the market, suppliers and trends. To buy with the best relation between cost and benefit, and avoiding future risks for the business, are two of the main priorities in this role. You have to create a good environment with factory, marketing, sales, etc. to be sure that initiatives happen.
In my country rules change a lot and the economic environment is volatile, so you have to be quick to act to avoid risks and to avoid taking wrong decisions. You also have to develop a good relationship with your supplier because in any crisis this will be very important.
Skills and capabilities would include:
Experience or track record in the following would be valuable:
Plus a knowledge of:
You always need to be open to market information, listening to suppliers, exploring new opportunities and anticipating future problems to mitigate them. You also need to be aware about economic changes and the future price trends of the commodities.
A very broad range of contacts within the company including my local team, technical people from factory and R&D, sales and marketing, global AB MAURI teams and ABF (our parent company, Associated British Foods) procurement, finance function and all the other directors.
I have a BSc Hons in Chemistry and an MBA. I started work as a Development Scientist at Colgate Palmolive working on new toothpaste products before moving to British Arkady and entered the UK baking industry, working in a number of technical and NPD roles. Then I moved to Gb Ingredients where I held several managerial roles, primarily in NPD and product group management.
I became Managing Director of their newly formed business, Gb Plange UK Ltd. and when they were bought by AB MAURI in 2014, I joined AB MAURI as Integration Director, responsible for ensuring the successful integration of the Plange business. In January 2015 I moved to AB MAURI North America as Vice President for Bakery Ingredient Innovation. I learnt a huge amount there and really enjoyed working with the very professional team. In 2018 I accepted my current role in Global Bakery Ingredients and moved to The Netherlands.
My day starts about 5 a.m. with a compulsory cup of strong brewed coffee (I don’t function otherwise!), yoga or mild exercise to refresh my mind and body, and prepare for the action-packed day ahead. The working day starts while travelling to the office as the rest of the SSEA region starts earlier than Bangalore. I am usually busy until late noon with meetings or follow-up actions and the rest of the day is tied up with personal tasks. Each country has its own people dynamics and my focus is to get the people agenda in line with business priorities & drive the AB Mauri ways of working.
This is an especially exciting time for our North America employees: a new regional head office, a new state-of-the-art bakingHUB™ and pilot fermentation lab facility, a focused strategic path set forth by management and a new passion for the business and commitment to success by everyone involved. For marketing our job is really to tell the AB MAURI story, in all types of ways, both internally and externally. Whether it is advertising our product line or corporate capabilities in a creative way, posting an interesting company message via social media, interacting with customers and prospects in our modern, rebranded trade show booth or providing the sales team with engaging tools to make their jobs more successful, it all adds up to a different, exciting experience in and out of the office every day.
It cannot be overstated enough: a rewarding job is really about the people you work with and the others outside of your team with whom you interact. The opportunity to all work towards a common goal is tremendously fulfilling. I like to say ‘One Team, One Dream’ a lot when I’m in the office, but it is something I do believe in wholeheartedly.
In marketing, advertising or any communications-related area, it is crucial to be a strong writer and to be able to communicate often complex messages in a simple, straightforward manner. While I hold a couple of college degrees in other areas – Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication (broadcast journalism) from the University of Florida and a Master in Sports Management from Ohio University – there is much I learned from both experiences that I am able to utilize in my marketing role on a daily basis.
Prior to joining AB MAURI, I was in the beer business with Anheuser-Busch from late 2000 through to 2013, so the strong link of fermentation from brewing to baking is alive and well. Most recently, I served as the Director of Stella Artois consumer brand marketing in the U.S. where the iconic chalice glassware and traditional Belgian brewing style were both front and center. Previously, I managed several other well-known beer brands including Hoegaarden, Leffe, Michelob ULTRA, Rolling Rock, Landshark, Bacardi Silver and Grolsch. Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch, I spent two years with NASCAR in the automotive racing circuit, handling public relations for the top two series and interacting with popular drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and others. My sports PR background also includes three seasons in the mid-‘90s with the NBA’s Orlando Magic basketball team during a time when Shaquille O’Neal and ‘Penny’ Hardaway were popular figures in the sport.