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Inside Q4: Day in the life of Global Production Director

30th Oct 2019

At Quantum4, we offer strategic design partnership to some of the world’s leading brands and retailers. Whether it is a brand refresh, new product launch or managing a complex tender programme, at Q4 we work to deliver the best value for your company. From invention, design and prototype all the way to installation of the display equipment, our specialist team enables us to create a global reach. This wouldn’t be possible without our local team, so we have created our ‘A Day in the Life’ series, and step inside Quantum4.

For the first in the series, we take a look into a day in the life of our Global Production Director, Rob Jamieson. 

1. What does a typical day entail?

For me the week ahead dictates the plan. Monday is all about setting the weeks plan with the team, ensuring they are enabled with everything they need for a successful week. We like to start by reviewing the production workload on a Monday, identifying the status of all the projects, and from this we can review and identify any opportunities and challenges that will require closer attention. Throughout the week, it is then about supporting the team to delivers the plan ready for review on Friday. All in all, Monday usually blasts by in a flash- then its onto making sure we perform our deliverables for the week.

 

2. What are the key aspects of your role?

The main aspect of my role is making sure the team understand what the opportunity is when it arrives at the business. Its then about identifying how to deliver the most cost-effective solution   and supplying the highest quality products to our clients. Client and stakeholder experience are the primary drivers when we decipher what direction we take, To ensure a successful project however, we believe in making sure that throughout the project, our teams are fully supported- a great team delivers great work!

3. What are some of the challenges you face as global production manager?

Key challenges for me are twofold. Firstly, as Quantum continues to expand-internally we carefully manage the transition to a more volume-oriented business mentality whilst ensuring we maintain the dedicated and focused approach that is at the core of our DNA. Secondly, externally, the main challenge is to always ensure we align our values with our supply partners. As Q4 expands into new manufacturing regions in APAC, LATAM, and the US it becomes more important that we understand the regional cultures of our partners and clients.

 4. As Q4 expands its manufacturing regions, how will they make sure they play their part in sustainability?

Ultimately, at Q4 we make sure sustainability is built in. From early on in the design process, all the physical components we use can be de-constructed back to their original form; meaning all the materials used can be fully recycled. This is also combined with our selection of new and innovative materials which is an important Q4 value.  

 

5. Q4 has a great emphasis on working as a team- does this help your job?

The open and supportive team approach towards projects drives progress at Q4. A bi-product of an expanding business- as demand increases, everyone works closely to support all aspects of all the business. As Quantum 4 grows it will be important that we maintain this team approach, especially as we develop our project management style to a waterfall methodology, in order to support higher volumes and less bespoke activities. I certainly enjoy being part of the Q4 team. As the company develops, its progress excites me. I love seeing businesses advance, processes develop and most importantly i love seeing people evolve and realise their potential.

 

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