Under the Spotlight

Getting to know Paul, Operations Manager (Rochester)

Under the Spotlight - Paul

Operations Manager (Rochester) Sinclair & Rush UK/Europe

The purpose of this is for our people to get to know you a little bit better, in a fun and relaxing way. So let’s get right into it…

First of all, congratulations on your 5 year Work Anniversary.  We are very grateful for all your hard work over the past five years under quite difficult circumstances, and we wish you many more successful years with the company. You joined Sinclair & Rush in the midst of a transitional phase, not that long after the acquisition of Component Force by S&R.  For someone who didn’t know much about the industry or the culture of the company, what in your opinion were your biggest challenges when you started in this new role of yours?

"I wasn’t really aware of some of the changes because they had already happened by the time I joined the company. So for me it was about getting to know my team members and building relationships with them as well as getting to know my colleagues on the management team."

And just when you thought you were settling down, you were given the task of project managing a momentous relocation from Unit 19 to 23 of the Despatch Department and all its stock holding as well as staff.  The morale of the staff was quite low at that time.  How did you manage to motivate them and keep them onboard amongst all the teething problems?

"Yes I agree, the new building felt cold, uninviting and unfamiliar to all the members of the Despatch Department.   So my strategy was simply to focus my energy on getting the team to work together as a unit.  For me it is always about team work.  Even now, if we were stressed and down about things we would always try to have a joke and a laugh to lift the mood.  Teamwork and a sense of humour got us through those early days at unit 23."

As the years have passed, you’ve not only proved that you are a very loyal, reliable and trustworthy employee of Sinclair & Rush, but you also have the respect of your team members and your management colleagues alike.  So what motivates you to keep coming back for more and plugging away every day in a job that can be quite stressful at times?

"The people! At the end of the day, we all want to achieve the KPI’s that have been set but it has to be done collectively with every member of every department playing their role in growing the business and taking it forward. Yes it can be stressful at times but I really enjoy working with the people I have around me."

What do you do to relax when you’re not at work?

"I love football - I’m a junior football coach for my son Jude’s team. I like exercise in general like running, walking, cycling.  I do paddle boarding.  And of course, I also love to cook."

Just a few more fun questions before I let you go…

Sunrise or Sunset?  Sunrise
Summer or Winter?  Summer
Dogs or Cats?  Dogs
Rock or Pop?  Pop
Favourite food?  Sausage and mash – has to be… 😊
Favourite drink?  Peppermint Tea
Favourite sports team?  There is only one LFC
Best movie ever?  The Shawshank Redemption

Sharon HR Manager


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