PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: PRODUCTION PLANNER DAVID MCALLISTERPosted: April 23rd, 2019
We’re firm believers at Isoclad that our success is down to the incredible characters who work here, turning the cogs and helping everything run as it should.
This Professional Profile focuses on one of Isoclad’s Production Planners, David McAllister.
How long have you worked at Isoclad?
I have worked at Isoclad for more than 2 ½ years and still, every day is different. I really enjoy it.
What does your job entail?
Working as part of the planning team means that any panels or ancils manufactured at Isoclad goes via us first to ensure we have the capacity and materials to enable us to give customers an accurate dispatch date.
What is the most important aspect of your job?
Ensuring all planning is correct and possible rather than planning to fail. There’s nothing worse than accurately planning for something and the unexpected happening and the plan has to change. This can mean a difficult conversation with one of our customer’s, thankfully, this doesn’t happen very often at all and if it does, we’re able to react quickly saving the customer the headache.
Which team members do you work with and why?
All manufacturing, production, administration and sales staff as we all work in one process. Each of us plays an important role in delivering our promises to our customers.
What can happen in the job that helps you to sleep well at night?
Customer Satisfaction. If I know our customers are happy I know I’ve done my job well.
How has your role developed since you’ve been at Isoclad?
Hugely as I started on the flashings shop floor and now I’m a planner mainly for flashings.
What challenges do you often face in your role and how best do you resolve these?
Meeting customer requests for deadlines and trying to resolve these could mean a slight re-plan of some jobs in certain circumstances.
What has been your biggest achievement during your time at Isoclad?
I’ve completed my level 2&3 NVQ’s, about to complete my HNC in general engineering and have also completed my apprenticeship.
Where do you see Isoclad in three years’ time?
I can see Isoclad opening additional manufacturing facilities and growing our team. I think it’s only the tip of the iceberg where we are now compared to where we can go.
Where has been the best place you have recently visited and why?
Cape Verde or Florida as they’re both very relaxing places where I can catch a tan
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, I always wanted to be a professional footballer for Newcastle United.