I work for BBI Healthcare and I am responsible for the development and delivery to market of all new BBI Healthcare products within budget & on time. I’ve worked here since March 2012. My role involves championing products and NPD, effective and innovative sourcing ensuring best suppliers for the job, developing fantastic supplier relationships & maximising on existing supplier potential. I also look at cost savings & increased margins for all products in the BBI Healthcare portfolio, deliver strong, robust products that are market-tested with bold designs, innovative packaging – in short, market-leading products delivering real solutions.
I enjoy taking something from concept stage through the whole development process, until you have something real in the palm of your hand (and shortly after, the palms of many, if the product is successful at retail!) I also enjoy meeting suppliers and getting them excited about working with BBI, and liaising with Sales and Marketing and ensuring that they have everything that they need in order to sell and promote the bones off the products!
Development opportunities here are excellent. Since joining, I have taken on the responsibility of developing a department pulling NPD, Purchasing and QA together, and now line manage the Quality Associate and the Purchasing & Logistics Officer. We work closely together to ensure that the products are the best that they can be, and that they are ordered and delivered to schedule. I like to think that we’re the best department at Healthcare, but I know that the other dept. managers will have something to say about that (tee hee!)
Apart from developing fantabulous products to add to the BBI Healthcare portfolio, which is always priority number one, the big focus for me in 2013 is to write and implement a whole new NPD Process into the Quality Management System in time for next year’s ISO9001 audit. I’ll be drawing on the support of my team members at Healthcare and the wider group to help with this one.
Someone new joining BBI can expect lots of opportunities to shine, lots of challenges, lots of rewards, some late nights when things get hectic, and lots of fun and friendship.