McBride Passionate about Private Label

Testimonials/case studies

Anna Ochot-Bednarek

Anna Ochot-Bednarek
Product safety and legal compliance manager - CEE

I joined McBride in 2002 just after completing my University degree working as a Quality Control Assistant. This gave me a great base and a great understanding of all the product types we produced.

After three years with the company, a new opportunity was offered to me. I was asked to establish and manage a new department which would ensure we complied with all European and local product and safety regulation. This meant that I had to work together with two other divisional Product Safety Groups and meet many people from different countries. This opened my eyes  to wider horizon both working with different people and also seeing different interpretation of legal requirements in many countries. I represent McBride on the Polish Trade Association where I meet colleagues from other companies and representatives from the Polish Government. I really enjoy this work and the challenges it gives me.

For me, McBride's strong point is people. We can make our input not only on McBride's way of developing new products but also participate and influence the development of new rules at a  European level.

I used to work only with my local site but today I work right across the company

When I look at how my career has developed, I can see a lot of work and a lot of great people who have always motivated me to put the crossbar higher and thanks to them I can say today: everything is possible if you really want it.

James Lomax

James Lomax
National account manager

"Hardwork and achievement is recognised and rewarded."

I have been with McBride for over six years in a variety of roles from Marketing through to my current position as a National Account Manager on a top 4 Retailer and I would be lying if I said it had been an easy journey. Supplying some of the UK's biggest and most demanding customers with their own products can be a real challenge.

However, at the same time this brings with it great opportunities not least the unparalleled access you get to the UK Retailers as well as the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the business from Product Development through to Supply Chain and Production activities.

Most importantly for me is the work ethic at McBride. Hard work and achievement is recognised and rewarded allowing you to move quickly up through the business. Despite being with McBride for some time the fast paced environment, the opportunities for career development and the challenges continue to excite me.

Claire Whalley

Claire Whalley
National account manager

"There's a real team spirit."

Working at McBride is fast paced but at the same time very rewarding.  I do something different every single day.  My career progression has been structured and well supported, I started as an Account Executive and I am now a National Account Manager for a top 4 multiple, and I have a very clear view of my future career here, again with support from my manager and above.  McBride is all about teamwork, hard work, continuous improvement, supporting the retailers and developing our people for the future.  Finally there is always opportunity to move around to different functions around the business - this can be invaluable.

Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson
Chief operations director

"Working at McBride means opportunities beyond the doorstep!" - Lee Robinson, Chief Operations Director, McBride Fortlab, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I came to McBride from a multinational brander and thought crossing over into the 'dark side' would be a piece of cake. Nothing can quite prepare you for the pace and variety involved in private label. It's often frustrating but nearly always rewarding and the constant challenge is to continually improve to ease the frustration and get even more reward for our efforts.

As our customers and our markets expand geographically it is critical that McBride stays ahead of the game and seeks opportunities further afield from it's traditional European base which provides a wealth of opportunity for personal and career development. As a Management Accountant I came into the business as a finance manager in the commercial side of our business and through development in a number of UK roles I now find myself in South East Asia with complete operational responsibility for two sites based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In a rapidly developing retail environment where consumers are developing trust in major retailers and their private labels it is a very excting place to be.

Babita Mistry

Babita Mistry
Category Marketing Executive

'Fast, challenging and never a quiet moment!'

I have been at McBride for four years and I cannot say where the time has passed by. Having previously worked for some major branded companies, nothing is quite like the pace and challenge I have experienced here - there's always something new to research and evaluate.

My role in Marketing is to maintain and grow one of our most important categories within Personal Care. This involves working with a variety of people across the business, from sales to manufacturing, development to finance. Meeting our demanding customers' needs is a key focus to all and my role provides me with plenty of opportunity to present face-to-face with the major UK retailers. Recently I have also taken over the responsibility of managing trademarks and designs, bringing both variety to my day-to-day work as well as increasing my personal learnings.

Developing a diverse range of skills is important to succeed in this ever-changing environment. McBride is great in recognising and nurturing these in people - and it is the people, business values and hard-working culture that make it an exciting place to work in.

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