Meet Ryan, one of our RGU Graduate Apprentices. Ryan is currently studying BA (Hons) in Business Management, whilst working full time as a Supply Chain Coordinator. Starting his journey with Expro in the Certification team, Ryan quickly progressed through the department before deciding to take on a new challenge and sign up to the Graduate Apprenticeship.
I am training to become a Capital Expenditure Buyer, to allow me to progress from my current role of Supply Chain Coordinator which I have been in since October 2018. However, I’ve been an employee with Expro since April 2012 and held numerous roles within the Certification department.
As a Capex Buyer, my main task is to interact with project management personnel to plan and prioritise purchasing activities to support product lines on a global scale.
I joined Expro when I was 18 years old and have been with the company for almost eight years. I started as an Assistant Certification Officer, progressed onto a Certification Officer and eventually to supervising the department. During this time I was also undertaking a diploma in quality management, I completed three out of the nine modules on this course. I then made the move from the Certification department to the Supply Chain team, where the opportunity became available to undertake the Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management and decided this was a more desirable than the diploma qualification. Since joining the Supply Chain department, I have thoroughly enjoyed my role and I am excited to see what the future holds as a Capex Buyer.
My line manager made me aware of the Graduate Apprenticeship opportunity when joining the Supply Chain department in October 2018 and felt this was a great opportunity. The process to join the course was very straightforward; I expressed my interest to my line manager, submitted the application, along with a personal statement, and was accepted on the course.
I thoroughly enjoy that I get to interact with numerous different personnel throughout Expro during project meetings. These discussions often include the project managers, project co-ordinators, purchasing and engineering personnel.
My least enjoyable aspect of my job would be multi-tasking numerous different daily tasks, however this can also be rewarding when all tasks are completed at the end of a day’s work.
Since starting the Graduate Apprenticeship, my ability to issue business reports to a high standard has vastly improved.
This course has helped me to gain an overall understanding of business management. It has also pushed me to interface with personnel within Expro who I wouldn’t normally deal with on a daily basis. This has been extremely enjoyable and I have gained a lot of knowledge within Expro from speaking to these people and through my online studies with Robert Gordon’s University.