Paul Idowu (Process Engineer)
Paul Idowu completed an industrial placement scheme with us, which helped him to secure a future position at British Gypsum.
We caught up with him to find out how he is getting on in his new role and with his new team at Robertsbridge.
Tell us about your British Gypsum career so far.
My journey began when I came to British Gypsum on an Energy Industrial Placement in August 2015, after the third year of my Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. I was really impressed with the amount of responsibility that the company entrusted to me as a placement student, so I saw it as an ideal opportunity to immerse myself into the real working world. My year in industry involved supporting energy management system compliance, helping the company’s Energy Champions across all five sites and upgrading the company-wide energy reporting system. The experience that I gained was invaluable for my future career, as I was then offered a position at British Gypsum as a Process Engineer.
Can you give us a brief description of your current role?
My job is to support the plant’s process capability, as well as promoting continuous improvement and improving product leadership standards. I am also a Deputy Energy Champion, which means I help out with the site’s energy management by identifying projects that can enhance process performance and looking for ways to reduce equipment downtime.
What is it like to work at Robertsbridge?
Having previously been based at East Leake during my placement year, I began my role at Robertsbridge in July 2017 – and I was full of optimism and nerves! However, I settled in very quickly as everyone was very welcoming and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. The team at Robertsbridge is very cohesive and everybody is always willing to help. Employees come from different backgrounds and are of different age groups, therefore it is a very diverse environment which is great as we are able to learn from one another.
How have British Gypsum supported you in terms of training opportunities?
I have had many opportunities to go on different courses both nationally and internationally. As a placement student, the highlight for me was completing the Energy Practitioner course, which took place over a week, providing me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to deliver energy awareness training to over 70 colleagues in central functions.
As a Process Engineer, I have been on a standard methods training course at our Saint-Gobain sister company, Placoplatre, in Vaujours, France. This gave me an insight into the expected requirements for the quality department, as well as a chance to get to know some of my international colleagues.
What is it like working in the Saint-Gobain Group?
It is a fantastic opportunity to work for such a huge global group. With so many companies within the network, I take great comfort in knowing that as my career grows and my interests develop, there will always be a new opportunity available for me to explore within Saint-Gobain.