Andrew Richardson

Sergeant, RAF, Plant Owner GSK Montrose

Formerly a Royal Air Force Weapons Technician, I left the RAF in November 2010 as a Sergeant on 111(F) Squadron at RAF Leuchars. I kept applying for jobs but getting nowhere, then saw an advert for a process technician at a chemical factory in Montrose and applied for the job. What a good decision that turned out to be!

I started in January 2011 as a process technician (PT) for the manufacture of an active pharmaceutical ingredient in an HIV treatment. I really enjoyed the job and was later promoted to a more senior role, today I am plant owner at Montrose. I am responsible for ensuring that the plant is ready for production, is safe, and is compliant with the regulations.

I have found that in some way almost all of my skills were transferable - more than I ever expected before I left!

I found that all the experience and skills I had acquired in the RAF had stood me in very good stead, and made it easier to adjust to my role in GSK. The biggest similarity between the GSK Montrose site and the RAF is the ‘can-do’ attitude of every employee and the importance placed on teamwork.