23rd June – Here at RWC we a proud to be celebrating ‘International Women In Engineering Day (INWED) 2018’ to help raise awareness of the excellent work women contribute to engineering on a day-to-day basis and also highlight the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.
As part of this year’s theme #RaisingTheBar, we have been speaking to our very own Chief Engineer, Samantha Kelly, to find out more about her experience within Engineering:
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am the Chief Engineer for fittings at RWC and I have been with the company for nearly 7 years. I started out as a Project Engineer working on PRVs and gradually transitioned over to the fitting side of the business. I absolutely love spending time with friends and family (especially doing puzzles or playing games) and shopping. I have also just become a Mum which is an incredibly exciting new adventure.
What does an average day look like for you?
A little bit of everything! I work on new product development, which includes everything from modelling & testing new products to identifying suppliers to bring new product in and determine how they will be manufactured. I also work alongside sales and marketing to help get the products into the market and selling successfully. As Chief Engineer I also assist and mentor my fellow engineers with their projects and handle day to day questions & issues that come up on the fitting side of the business.
What’s your favourite part about being an Engineer?
I love being on the front-end of new products and new technology. We are there from day one working to create new innovative products and solutions and we get to see those projects through to completion. It is incredibly exciting when you finally get to see something that you worked so hard on being sold and used in the field.
What does INWED mean to you?
I love being a woman in a male dominated field and I especially love (maybe with a bit of an eye roll) when I’m told that “I don’t look like an engineer”. It is exciting be part of the perspective change, especially when I am able let my knowledge and hard work speak for itself. I have met and worked with so many amazing women in engineering throughout my schooling and career and I hope that we continue to see the number of women in engineering grow. I am also incredibly proud to work for a company that has such great representation of women in engineering.
Do you have any advice for any women who are considering a career in Engineering?
Engineering is an incredibly exciting and rewarding career, just be confident in yourself and work hard. At the end of the day that is what really matters, and classmates and co-workers will appreciate you for it. Be ready for the occasional eye-roll comment, but just laugh it off and your work will speak volumes.
If you would like to find out more about Engineering opportunities at Reliance UK we regularly post new job opportunities on our ‘Careers’ page.
Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of engineered water delivery, control and optimisation products, is excited to announce its acquisition of John Guest Holdings Ltd, the world leader in plastic push-fit fitting technology.
Established in 1961, John Guest is a family-owned business based in West Drayton. The company operates three purpose-built manufacturing facilities in the UK and a well-established international sales and distribution network, with 10 subsidiary locations globally. Its plumbing portfolio includes the market-leading JG Speedfit and JG ProLock fittings, alongside comprehensive pipe and underfloor heating solutions. John Guest also offer specialist industrial solutions for the water quality and fluid dispense, air and pneumatics, blown fibre, and automotive sectors.
For more than a century, RWC has led the way in the design and manufacture of specialist water control valves and fittings. Originating in Brisbane, Australia, RWC is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the company operates in six countries including the UK where it has supported installers, architects, specifiers and contractors for more than 30 years.
The acquisition is seen by both businesses to provide a strong strategic fit, aligning with RWC’s strategy to expand its product range and market presence. The unified organisation will provide a complete end-to-end solution from meter to fixture and floor to ceiling, with pipes, valves and fittings from a single manufacturer. This combined product offering will serve to reduce installation time and improve reliability and durability for end-users across several key segments, including plumbing and heating, water quality and fluid dispense, and industrial markets.
Edwin de Wolf, CEO EMEA at RWC, says: “The John Guest brand, similar to ours, is globally recognised and associated with quality, reliability and the best service. The company has established strong roots in the UK and Europe which will transform RWC’s footprint, expanding our manufacturing and distribution capabilities.
“Together, we will be able to offer a stronger and broader depth of products, a wider range of innovative solutions, and an enhanced ability to serve customer needs today and into the future as we leverage our combined capacity for research and development and innovation. Our goal is to learn from each other and bring together our experience, talent and strength into a unified organisation to accelerate further growth.
“The combined companies will become the global leader in push-to-connect (PTC) fittings with a more expansive product offering for all customers and end-users.”
For more information visit www.johnguest.com
We are happy to announce that the RWC Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Team is expanding! With Head Offices in the UK and Spain we now have a new Digital Marketing Executive joining our Spanish office to continue our RWC European online evolution.
Miguel Sanchiz previously worked for a B2B digital health consultancy firm and brings wealth of experience in digital marketing ready to launch RWC Spain’s Social Media & Website. We were able to catch up with Miguel to find out a little bit more and see what plans he has in store:
How did you get into digital marketing?
I discovered Digital Marketing when I was studying Business at the University in Valencia, Spain. Whilst at University I quickly realised that Marketing was something I wanted to learn more about and by the end of my course I decided to specialise my career in Digital Marketing as it had become my passion.
What are your plans for RWC Spain?
Because this world has become more digitally inclined I would like to integrate Digital Marketing into RWC Spain’s philosophy. I hope to learn as much as I can from our clients and my colleagues to maximize the benefits that Digital Marketing could offer to all of us.
How will you be engaging more with RWC Spain’s customers?
I plan to work closely with RWC Spain’s customers to find out exactly what they are looking for and understand how the company could adapt to meet their needs to offer them the best customer experience. My motto is “listen, learn and give your best” and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
If you are interested in joining the RWC team keep an eye on our careers page to see what new opportunities are available.