Darren Zblewski – Senior Supervisor Wetside Production
I joined ESCo in October 1996. My job role was backshift fish processor in the dry side of production. Throughout this I learned how to use the different types of machinery and then moved into the wet fish area and proceeded to accept more responsibility.
I had an opportunity to join another business and gained experience of working with smoked fish, Curing and gutting of fish.
I rejoined ESCo where i worked initially in gutting and then was promoted to Chargehand on the trimming line and then progressed to Chill supervisor. During this time I set up the system that exists now. Then I moved to Value Added where I am now Wet fish Senior Supervisor.
I have developed my skills and progressed with ESCo through gaining experience on the job and learning from others. I enjoy my job because every day I face a new challenge. Each day is different but rewarding.
Justin Macrae – Technical Manager
I graduated with a BSc / Hons degree in Microbiology and Bio-Technology and an MSc in Biology of Water Resource Management. I joined ESCo in 2001 starting as a factory quality assurance auditor, gaining experience within the business I then progressed to Quality Assurance Manager then to Technical Manager.
I then moved in 2008 to a larger company to broaden my knowledge in the industry and to gain further experience. I rejoined the business as Technical Manager in Jan 2010.
My job is varied and demanding, with no two days ever being the same, I enjoy the complexity of the challenges to ensure the delivery of high standards to our customers.
Derrick Harris – Procurement manager
With over 25years working in the Scottish salmon farming and processing industry, I have seen the industry develop and grow into a major supplier of high quality products which are much sort after and appreciated the world over.
With my experience of the industry, I am able to identify and purchase top quality raw materials with the knowledge that when we supply our customers they will have confidence, that we have sent the best.
Willie Hailstones – Senior Logistics Supervisor
I spent almost 15 years in the Hospitality industry and for almost 8 of those years I managed Hotels of various sizes and standards all over the country for both private and corporate owners. My original plan was to take a short term job close to home for Christmas before returning south to a new Hotel after the New Year. By pure chance I ended up as a processor in despatch just before Christmas in 1998. I enjoyed the “hustle and bustle” and when I was asked if I would stay on I said yes. So, having started at the bottom with no experience in this kind of work I put my people and organisational skills to good use and I quickly appreciated the different type of challenge that logistics brings. Fortunately these skills were also recognised by others who encouraged me to develop even further. I found that my role evolved fairly quickly to charge-hand, then as I gained more experience to supervisor, and as I increasingly utilised both skills, the marriage between the two has resulted over the years in my now role as Senior Logistics Supervisor. I continue to enjoy being a part of a company which has successfully grown each year even through difficult times and I look forward to playing my part in its future success.
Eddie Anderson – Section Manager – Ready to Eat
Darren Francis - Wetside Production Manager
Robert Henderson – Financial Accountant
After Graduating in Business Management I concentrated on Accountancy working and gained experience in a variety of industries.
I joined ESCO in February 2007 and, working with a small dedicated team, I provide the Financial Accounting and Administrative functions for the Company and the Company’s Management Team.
Dave Ralph – Factory Manager
I had previous experience at ESCO prior to the forces as a young 18yr old working in the warehouse. After 8 years in the Army Air Corps I entered the food industry in 2004 as a Quality Assurance operative with Tulip International. Within 3 years I had worked my way to Shift Manager and decided that I needed to move on to progress my career. 4 ½ years with Natures Way Foods saw me progress to Operations manager and then the opportunity arose to come back home to the North of Scotland as Factory Manager here at ESCO.
I love the diversity and complexity of the challenges within the industry and look forward to the future within ESCO.
Graduating from Robert Gordon University with a BSc in Food Science, I entered the food industry, taking my first role as a Graduate Manager in New Product Development with Kerry Foods.
Three years later, I headed North, joining David Halls (Grampian Country Foods) initially as a Product Development Technologist, covering all UK Retailers, before working my way into the role of Product Development Manager, dedicated to Marks & Spencer.
With a giant leap of faith, for both myself and my new employer, I took up my first Commercial role in 1998, as Business Manager for Pinney’s of Scotland (Uniq Prepared Foods), looking after their dedicated site customer, Marks & Spencer and sales in excess of £46m.
Five years ago I joined Edinburgh Salmon Company as Commercial Manager with responsibility for all Sales, Customer Service and New Product Development.
Commercial is a busy and demanding role. We gather and act on hard facts (much of our time is spent analysing every kind of data), we build relationships (our customers, other colleagues and other businesses) and have to be adaptive, inventive and driven, to successfully execute projects, create opportunity, survive and suceed.
Pawel Wygocki – Store Chargehand
with lots of new people and local accents was challenging. After one year working as a store worker I was promoted to store Charge hand.
Stores is a small department but very important, we need to plan forward and be ready for calls from all departments to supply on time. That is why my work is such a challenge and everyday brings something new.