A day in the life of Andy Redman, MIS Manager30 May 2022
Our people are at the heart of everything Sewtec do. They are the brains behind the operations and the driving force behind our success.
In this blog series, we find out a little more about some of our wonderful team members and what a typical workday looks like for them. And kicking things off is Andy Redman, MIS Manager at Sewtec.
Andy, how long have you been at Sewtec?
I actually worked with Sewtec as a contractor for a few years before becoming an official Sewtec employee three years ago.
How did you get here? Tell us a little about your career background.
I got my first job involving data while studying for my degree. I was then offered a full-time position after graduating. This role initially involved user and technical support, later evolving to server management and database migration projects for public sector organisations.
After various mergers and acquisitions, my role became redundant. I found myself working as an independent contractor and a mutual contact recommended me to Sewtec shortly after.
What does your role at Sewtec involve? What does a typical day-in-the-life look like?
I’m responsible for data collection and reporting at Sewtec. I make sure we have the systems in place to capture data the business requires for day to day operations while providing reports to the management team to assist in strategic planning.
Our in-house systems are continuously developing, so my days involve coding, testing, mentoring, reviewing, planning, and reporting.
What do you love most about your role at Sewtec and what attracted you to Sewtec initially?
My role takes me to every department in the company, giving me the essential understanding of how the business works and how our departments interact with each other. It’s at these touchpoints that we can identify the little problems that people might have previously just put up with, however with a small tweak to our systems, we can fix them. Simplifying a process or automating a recurring task can really lighten someone’s workload as well as increase the efficiency of the business.
I’ve always loved the TV series ‘How it’s Made’ and walking the Sewtec factory floor is like having special behind the scenes access to the cool machines and the people who design and build them.
What skills are most important to have for your role?
I would say that the most important skills to have for my role would be database design, a strong level of business acumen and the ability to analyse processes.
Describe your role in 3 words?
Inputs, processes & outputs.
What are we most likely to find you doing outside of work? What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobby is paddling, usually in a kayak or canoe, occasionally on a SUP (stand-up paddleboard) if the sun is shining. I’m a British Canoeing Paddle Sport Instructor for my local canoe club where I take groups of new paddlers out on the canal for their first time on the water. I coach them through to their first qualification, culminating in a day out paddling on one of the beautiful lakes in the Lake District.
What are your aspirations for the future at Sewtec?
I think Sewtec is on a really interesting path; reaching new market sectors, expanding into new markets, introducing standard products to encourage customers to take their first steps with us, and offering full-line solutions. I’m excited to be a part of it.
If you’re looking for a career in industrial automation and precision engineering, working on exciting and innovative projects, a position at Sewtec Automation is perfect for you. Check out our latest vacancies here.