As an employee owned company, our employees are at the heart of everything that we do. Therefore, each Wednesday over a 12 week period we are sharing interviews with our employee owners. Now in the 9 th of our Meet the Owner Profiles, meet our employee owner Jim Watt.
Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jim and I currently work in our Weaving department, running the flat weaving looms and carrying out maintenance of the looms when required.
I have been working here for over 26 years in 5 different roles. I joined the company at 22 as a van driver before beginning to work in different areas of the Weaving department including oiling, re rolling and now, weaving product. For a period of time I also work in the Quality Laboratory as a Quality Technician, testing our products to ensure they were consistently meeting customer standards. I can honestly say I have enjoyed all aspects of the roles.
What are the main changes you have seen during your 26 years at Scott and Fyfe?
Until roughly 10 years ago there were very few new employees joining the company but in the past 10 years I have seen a lot of new and fresh faces joining us. Overall, I think there is a much more positive attitude across the company too.
Is there anything interesting about yourself others may not know?
I am really into baking and won the Scott & Fyfe charity “bake off” in 2014 which was a bit of fun. Occasionally I bring in sample baking for my colleagues who constantly chase me for more.
I have also been employee of the month in the past year for going the extra mile for the company, working extra hours where possible and coming in at weekends to help out where it was needed. I am always more than happy to do this without any type of reward because after all we are employee owned so every little helps.
Is there any stand out or memorable moments for you?
There are a few! Being acknowledged for my 25 years of service was definitely memorable. The CEO, John Lupton was providing a presentation in our Innovation Space and I was given a token of appreciation (half of which I gave to charity) and acknowledgement in front of all my colleagues. It was a surprise but a nice one.