Further to our general post on our women leaders on International Women’s Day 2020, we are spotlighting our Materials Manager, Lindsay Watson-Jones who manages all our Supplier Accounts for our Commercial Upholstery operations plus our Goods In and Despatch team and has just this week completed her CIPS Level 4 Qualification and is an inspirational figure for others.
Her’s the background on Lindsay from our International Women’s Day post
“After 15 years of working at Stannah Stairlifts, I made the leap to join another part of the Stannah Group, Global Upholstery Solutions Ltd. You’d think after all those years I’d know a bit about stairlift upholstery but there is way more to it than you think!
Working my way from Administrator, Supplier and Customer Account Management, I’m proud to be Global’s Materials Manager which includes Supplier Account Management and looking after our Goods In & Despatch teams.
There is a phrase ‘it’s a man’s world’ but in fact all my reports are male. We have mutual respect for one another and there is certainly no gender conflict. GUS believes if you’re right for the job and you do it well, you can achieve anything.”
After taking on the role of Supplier and Customer Account Management, Lindsay committed to the Commercial Procurement and Supply qualification which included a CIPS accreditation route. The CIPS accreditation arrived this week, just in time for International Women’s Day!
Here is Lindsay’s thoughts on the process:
“I didn’t like school much, I certainly didn’t like exams and still don’t! But courage, determination, and a lot of studying got me through the 5 exams I had to pass to gain my Level 4 Diploma in CIPS. I wont lie, I had a tear of relief and overwhelmed with pride when the certificate landed on my doorstep.
At nearly 40 years old, I really didn’t think I was ready to go back to the classroom. But with guidance and confidence from my colleagues, I was sure to get through it and I did.
Not forgetting the team at SRSCC who deliver the training and mentoring through the Student Apprenticeship Scheme.
With this qualification and my new found skills, I am more confident in my role as Materials Manager at GUS. The knowledge gained with help me and my team successfully grow the efficiency of the business.”