Alex Plummer joined Lucite International (LI) in February 2011 and has been in her current role of Logistics Manager for six years. We asked her about her career with the Company.
Tell us about the learning and development opportunities?
I’ve been able to develop in my role not just from the learning about our business, chemicals and supply chain but also by having a team of three people to manage. The role of Logistics Manager was a stand-alone activity but this has developed through involvement in more supply chain improvement projects and we now have a Logistics team.
In order to support this, LI has included me in the third cohort for the Management Skills Development Program, which I started in 2015. I have also been given the opportunity to become more involved with the Commercial team by coordinating Monomers business development projects.
Are you happy with your career progress?
Yes! I still sit in exactly the same area as when I joined, however, my responsibilities have grown, primarily through people management but also through the different projects that I tend to be involved in six years down the line.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I spend much of my time problem solving and providing guidance to the team or to our Logistics Service Providers, so I have a lot of people interaction. This is not just limited to the Supply Chain team either; I work closely with our Commercial team as well as Site Operations, SHE team and Procurement. I also have to be an expert in dangerous goods legislation, so my Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser qualification is used to great effect ensuring our compliance by translating that to our operations.
What advice would you give to women aspiring to work in the chemicals industry?
The chemicals industry is a really interesting place to work. The products that we make, sell and transport are used in our everyday lives. Working in a chemicals’ supply chain enables you to appreciate the life cycle of so many everyday items. Yet, often, the roles in the chemicals industry are perceived with limitations; either getting your hands dirty or purely administrative, but that is not the case and you don’t need to be a scientist or an engineer to have a successful career. I did a business degree and happened upon the chemicals industry via my third year industrial placement where I entered the world of transporting chemicals.
Although many of my colleagues and counterparts are women, we’re still in the minority. However, the industry is seeing more and more women joining. When I say I am a Logistics Manager, many people aren’t sure what that entails. I have a diverse job that involves travel throughout the EAME region, working with many different people both within the Company and third parties, and making impactful decisions. It is never boring. Each day brings different challenges!