Life at NMUK can be challenging on all levels but you will find it extremely rewarding. There are many opportunities for progression as we recognise your dedication and talent and turn it into your career. Our extensive training will also develop your skill set so you will be constantly learning and evolving.
Meet our employee Paul Brown below, who started with us as a trainee and has now progressed all the way up to Senior Supervisor. He explains his 26-year journey with NMUK and tells us what he has found to be most rewarding and life-changing in his experience.
Current Title: Senior Supervisor
I have found life at NMUK both challenging and rewarding in equal measures. When I started the trainee scheme there was a real sense of warmth and camaraderie that still stands today; the time people take to integrate and teach is to be admired – and it is always done with a sense of pride.
The mix of college and on-the-job training is perfect as I think people need a soft landing into the production environment. I was given hands-on experience through a management structure while also gaining additional qualifications.
I feel like I make a small difference every day to improve the operating performance of the Sunderland plant. Sometimes people are asked, “What do you want to do?” and they don’t know yet. NMUK is just the right environment to “give things a go” as the support, training and development could take you places that you never thought you would. My advice is to give it a chance; it was the best decision I ever made.
I started at NMUK as trainee manufacturing staff before completing my training and progressing to supervisor. I have been through a 26-year journey with Nissan, progressing through each management level up to my current role of Senior Supervisor. I have had various training opportunities along the way and have even gained a degree through the support of NMUK, something I never thought I would do and one of the greatest achievements of my life.
I was attracted to Nissan by the prospect of a long term, successful and secure future .Being a Production Supervisor is a very challenging role. We are constantly looking for improvements and changing how we carry out our business in order to add value and reduce costs. You have to be highly motivated and fully flexible in order to deliver these goods in such a fast paced environment.
The best part of my current role is the people I get to work with. I meet a wide variety of individuals and characters, all of whom add significant value to the business. The team spirit and camaraderie is second to none, throughout the plant.
I joined NMUK back in the early days in June 1987 as a Manufacturing Staff. I was assigned to Trim and Chassis where we built only the Bluebird model at the time. They were built in ‘Knock Down’ form in those days (KD) and we were just in the process of localising all of the parts. Trim and Chassis is definitely the ‘sharp end’ of the business where the bare painted body shell is fully assembled and driven off the end of the production line and delivered to the customer. Everything was always fast paced, as it still is today and everyone thrived on it. I was promoted to Team Leader after a couple of years when we launched the first Primera model and a couple of years later I moved onto the new Micra project, which was still under development, where I was promoted to Supervisor.
How we will support you
At NMUK we are here to help you reach your full potential and offer both on-the-job training and the chance to gain additional qualifications. We pride ourselves on giving each individual the right amount of support in order to succeed. We will offer you an experienced mentor, from whom you can gain job knowledge and experience. We dedicate a specific amount of time to training and development so we can help you reach beyond your potential.