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Ben Julian

Food manufacturing is something that has always interested me, in a sense of wanting to know how quality products could be produced on a large scale and how all the processes fit together. Coming from a scientific and engineering background, I wanted to find out more about the finer details of the manufacturing process and what projects I could get involved in. As well as this, apetito provide food to the most vulnerable people in our society. Being such a ‘foodie’ myself, I know how big an impact a good meal can have on your mood and general well-being, so the company’s mission resonated with me.


My development during the graduate programme

I started as a Graduate Project Engineer in January 2017, working initially in the Health & Safety team. I was tasked with looking into projects that would reduce the company’s risk of fire and to also improve the energy use of the factory. These were all new concepts for me, but I was given the responsibility to research these areas and reach out to specialists in order to get work carried out.

I moved from the Health and Safety team into the Engineering department after my first year, where I carried out a composite panel replacement project in a high fire risk area of the factory. As well as this I was responsible for looking at effluent minimisation and commissioned studies and audits by waste effluent consultants. I was also involved in facilitating the transition of maintenance engineering shift patterns from a 16-hour day coverage to 24-hour coverage.

I have recently moved internally again, where I now work as a Project Manager in the New Product Development team. Here I am tasked with how to improve the overall product, system and service for the Carte Choix range that we provide to hospitals across the UK. It’s a fantastic product and one I hope I can help refine to make it an attractive option for more hospitals to get involved with.

With regards to training and development, I have been on numerous seminars from energy and sustainability, to safety regulations for industrial ammonia refrigeration. Currently I am enrolled onto Lean six sigma training to achieve my green belt.

There are loads of positives about working for apetito. The fact you are given a real chance by the company to move around, to grow and develop is something you don’t find very often. As well as that, the company is very successful and it’s great to be a part of a business which is providing outstanding customer service and excellent product quality, whilst achieving growth year-on-year.

One of the main things I love about working at apetito is the people we have here.

Despite it being a fairly large company, it feels like everyone knows everyone! Staff here are friendly and eager to help out, especially if you’re a graduate trying to make a real difference.

Ben Julian Graduate Project Engineer
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