John WyresProduction, Continuous Improvement & Facilities Manager
John Wyres is Production, Continuous Improvement & Facilities Manager at Universal Wolf. Joining us in 2017, he has progressed through the ranks to his current role, managing our Cowley Road facility.
So, John – let’s start by talking though your career so far.
I’ve worked across a few different sectors in my journey to Universal Wolf.
I started off as an apprentice at British Engines Ltd, working within the Oil & Gas sector. I completed an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship and then spent time as a CNC Programmer and Machinist. I then moved on to National Oilwell Varco, holding roles as Continuous Improvement Leader, Production Supervisor and QMS Engineer.
From there, I moved into Aerospace, taking up the position of Continuous Improvement and Production Shift Manager at Northern Aerospace. In this role, I was responsible for supporting the improvement of processes, systems and procedures. I then spent some time in the automotive industry as Quality & Process Engineer, before joining Universal Wolf as Senior Manufacturing Engineer at the end of 2017.
You’ve clearly got a lot of experience from a lot of different environments! What is it about your role at Universal Wolf that interests you most?
The dynamic requirement that no day is the same. You need to be able to constantly adapt to situations and projects to ensure the business stays successful against its vision and mission, whilst ensuring the customer is fully satisfied with their product. I love the feeling of success within a team environment, and knowing you have achieved improvement.
Looking back on your career, what has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment has to be the manufacturing of the NHS beds for the Nightingale hospitals at the beginning of lockdown.
The team enthusiasm and total leadership from all directions was second to none. It was the purest form of production, taking into account flow, people, quality and delivery – all completed in a tight time frame, against the clock.
What is your main goal in your current role?
Success for me is about ensuring the customer gets what they want, when they need it. I have supporting goals, such as building a solid leadership team and continuous growth for my team – but fundamentally, the customer must come first.
My main goal in my current role is to support the development of a world-class manufacturing facility with a real ‘wow’ factor. This will involve harnessing the passion of our colleagues, building on their pride in what they have achieved so far, and showing them just how much more we can achieve as a pack.