Earlier this month we met our Head of Product, Ian Morren. As part of a series we are giving you the chance to meet the people behind our products, the people that answer the phone when you call us, the people that make Inivos the experts in infection prevention and control. This week we meet our Product Manager, Wendy Edmond-Arnett.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Start with a team huddle or ‘cuddles’ as I like to refer to it as, top line catch-up on the days objectives and discuss any sticking points in order to positively move forward. At the moment I am working on a quarter 4 project. By the end of December, I will have successfully moved our products technical files into a new information Hub and plugged the data gaps following gap analysis. My days are very structured at the moment as it is time bound project, post quarter 4 my work will likely focus on NPI (New Product Introduction) and its transition from R&D into our Production Unit.
What is something only a few people know about you?
Product development is in the genes, Harry Pickup the inventor of the household giant Harpic, I’m told, is a distant relative of mine!
How did you get into your area of work?
I applied for a Category Managers Assistant position, having no previous experience in this area it was a long shot. I remember being asked in the interview back in 2011 “you have no experience in product development, why should I employ you?” My response: ” you’ll just have to trust me that I can do this and I’m the right person for the job”. After 3 years I was promoted to Assistant Category Manager then Category Manager.
What is it about your industry that inspires you?
Knowing that the products we develop are used in the medical field where they will contribute to saving lives!
Imagine there are now 25 hours in a day, what would you do with that extra hour?
30 minutes yoga and 30 mins Savasana – with my dog!
What do you enjoy most about working at Inivos?
Positivity of the business and the energy for development.
What are your interests outside of work?
Family time is my 1st love followed by music, travel and skiing, I enjoy an array of music genres from soft rock to classical, meld the 2 together, play it live in a candle lit room… bliss! My next Ski trip will be Canada, I’m bursting to visit this new country having never been before.
From your time here at Inivos, tell me about a work achievement that you are most proud of.
Getting the Production unit through a 9001 audit within weeks of starting in the business.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out in your area of work?
If you’ve got the drive to be the best, it won’t go unnoticed! Don’t be shy but be hungry and humble 🙂
Thanks for your time, Wendy!
We hope you enjoyed meeting Wendy, keep an eye out for the next post in our series when we will be meeting Simon Kinsley, our Goods in Specialist.