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Kevin Turner

Career Path: Manufacturing Services Leader, Rolls-Royce Plc.
Location: Newcastle, UK

Following a 15 year career as a Time Served Engineer, I was a team leader within a manufacturing facility when I decided to study for the undergraduate degree in Leadership and Management. I applied for the course after successfully completing a short CMI course which interested me. The start of the part time study coincided with an opportunity in the workplace for a seconded leadership role which I accepted. This role was in the Maintenance function, which although I am a Time Served Engineer, I had not worked within maintenance previously. The course and secondment complimented each other well as I was able to learn leadership and management theory, as well as practice it.

What are you doing now?Kevin Turner

At the start of my final year I applied for a full time role within the function which would make me accountable for the strategy and processes within the function globally within civil aerospace. This role involves owning the strategies and processes for the asset management of manufacturing assets and engine test beds in Rolls-Royce. This additionally requires me to be the subject matter expert for the asset management system ‘IBM Maximo’. My role is based in Derby and I subsequently spend half of my time in Derby. This role has allowed me to be involved in future technologies, digital transformations and working with teams from Europe, Singapore and North America.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The course allowed me to be flexible in my approach to studying whilst having a young family.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The lectures were only 3 hours per week which was flexible enough to manage full time work and a family, but were intense enough to be engaging and a good learning environment.

How connected was your course with industry?

This was part time study and I worked full time in industry.

What was the best thing about your course?

Working with like-minded students in work but in different industries. This provided many examples of work place issues.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria whilst starting my leadership career allowed me ask real questions in lectures relevant to work, as well as contextualise the theory in to the workplace.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Emotional intelligence and change management.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Working with like-minded and down to earth students and lecturers.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

It is tough studying part time whilst working full time, but the 3 years are enjoyable and will stay with you forever.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Intense, knowledgeable and growth.

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