Jenny Firth is the General Manager at our Knostrop site in Leeds, we took the opportunity to catch up with Jenny on a recent visit to find out more about her role with the business.
What is your position and how long have you worked at SRCL?
I’ve been with the company for almost two years now, although I feel like I have been here forever!
Can you tell us your main areas of responsibility?
I look after the day to day management of site along with the Plant and Service Managers. This includes everything from waste coming from our customers through the transport team and into the plant, with all the correct paperwork, through to treatment of the waste. As well as looking after a 70+ strong work force, making sure every day they arrive and leave work happy and safe.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy the day to day challenges and that each day is different. Some days I may be in meetings, others I may be looking at issues with the plant or Bio Systems (Sharps Management Service), or carrying out Duty of Care for our customers. Other days, I will be looking at new customers and planning in routes with the transport department. I’m pleased to say, it is a very varied role.
Can you describe a typical day?
We start every day with a morning meeting so all the management team know what is happening on site. We then deal with all the main issues, following this I go for a morning walk around the site to make sure everything is ok. We all get cracking and go about our day to day jobs!
What motivates you?
I am motivated by getting the job done right, first time, every time. When everyone has a smile on their face and when they have achieved a goal they set out to do, it makes me very proud of the team.
How do you spend your time out of work?
I spend most of my time with my husband and my little boy, who is two. We like going on days out and holidays. We also spend a lot of time doing craft, swimming and walking with our dog, Dave.
Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself that no one would know?
I am in the Guinness World Book of Records for being one of the highest number of participants in the Mascot Gold Cup Race 2015 as ‘Sunny the Sunflower.’