Working in the printing industry can provide a variety of job opportunities and career progression opportunities.
Guy Bosworth has worked in a variety of roles within the industry and is now Commercial Director at LPC Printing. In this interview with Jobulo he explains what types of jobs are available in the industry and shares his CV writing tips.
Tell Us About Your Career Background?
I left school without many qualifications and started work at a local engineering company who recruited trainees to work around various departments over a two year period. During that time I spent a few months in the internal printing department which I found that I enjoyed so applied for a permanent position which I held for 5 years. I decided that the only way that I might progress in the printing trade was to join a commercial printing company so successfully applied for a position as a Guillotine Operator at LPC (then Lyndhurst Printing). I was at LPC for 10 years working through various positions from Guillotine Operator up to works manager. My final year was spent in sales which was something that I wanted to try. Again, in order to gain more experience, I decided to move to a different organisation and over the next decade moved to a few companies before returning to LPC as Commercial Director.
How Did You Progress to Commercial Director?
I have held various positions in various companies including Inplant Printer, Guillotine Operator, Bindery Foreman, Factory Foreman, Works Manager, Sales Representative, Sales Executive, Sales Manager, Account Manager, Client Services Manager and now Commercial Director – so it definitely takes time to progress.
Can You Share Some Career Progression Tips?
It has been my experience that in each company where I have worked I have enjoyed good relationships with my peers and colleagues, worked hard, gone the extra mile when required and promotions/rewards have followed. When I have moved to different companies I have sometimes had to take a step back to take a step forward too.
What is a Typical Day at Work Like?
A typical day involves ensuring that our customers receive the best possible service that we can offer through our Estimating Team and Account Managers and also looking after a proportion of our customers. This is a mixture of reacting to customer requirements and taking a proactive approach to winning business. Although most customers conduct business via email and over the phone there are some who need to be visited regularly and reviews are conducted regularly for our larger customers.
What Skills Are Required to Work in the Printing Industry?
The skill set varies depending on the nature of the job. Production staff have to be practical, skilled in machine operation and also physically fit as some of the jobs are physically demanding – shifts tend to be 12 hours long. Office based jobs need people who understand the production processes, are computer literate and able to exercise commercial expertise in most things that they do and they also need to be good communicators internally and externally.
What’s the Hardest Part of the Job?
The hardest part of the job is to make the company profitable. We operate 24/7 362 days of the year, keeping productivity in the manufacturing process as high as possible so that we can utilise the capacity that we have therefore achieving maximum return on investment. There is then a very fine balance between having too much or too little work. Reinvestment is also difficult as the capital outlay for machinery can easily run into £millions.
What Makes a Candidate’s CV Stand Out from the Crowd?
I receive quite a few CVs that are sent by recruitment consultants who are incapable of using correct grammar and spelling, unfortunately this does not give their candidates a chance as the CVs are discounted. Some are equally poorly presented which does not make a good first impression. Information must be clearly laid out in a logical order containing all of the information that an employer would want to take into consideration before interviewing the recruit. Finally the background and experience must be relevant to the job that has been advertised assuming that we are seeking an experienced employee.