Over the next few months, we want to introduce you to the owners at Scott & Fyfe – the employees!
I am Alison Stewart and I have been working at Scott & Fyfe for 25 years now. My title is Personnel Assistant but as I’m based at reception this involves various different roles which I cover on a day to day basis. I am there to greet and organise visitors, any contractors who come on to the site and any other visitors who may come in on a day to day basis. A key part of my role is to deal with general personnel issues, this can vary from employee’s queries, keeping up to date with employee’s absence, general administration work including keeping employees personal records up to date. But I have to say being at the reception desk, I sometimes feel like the S&F Agony Aunt!
I spent my first 10 years working within the Finance Department as a Purchase Ledger Assistant and was then transferred to work within the Personnel Department. I really enjoyed the challenges this gave me so when I was offered the opportunity by the company to take a course at Dundee College to gain a Certificate in Personnel Practice I jumped at the chance. It took 3 years to gain this certification but I felt it was worthwhile and gave me an insight into personnel issues and policies.
What is your role on the Employee Forum?
I have been a member of the Forum since its inception and feel the main role of the team is to encourage communication within the company. It is important that everyone has a voice and the opportunity to express their opinions and hopefully this can be done through the Forum.
What has been your most memorable moment during Scott and Fyfe?
Every few years we used to hold a celebration for employees who gained their 25 years long service award within Scott & Fyfe, The last event which I helped to organise and had the privilege of attending was held at the Discovery Point in Dundee. This turned out to be one of the best nights we had ever organised and I have very fond memories of that evening and as far as I am led to believe everyone and their partners had a ball!
What might your colleagues not know about you?
When I was 21 I won a car through a competition in the Sunday Post. It was a Vauxhall Astra which was “Car of the Year” back then, unfortunately at that time I couldn’t drive but was taking lessons, never the less it was as really exciting to have won and I will never forget that phone call!