She is an Innovation Architect, working in our Marine & Offshore team. Her role focuses on the front end of the innovation pipeline, working with clients and colleagues to identify client challenges, then converting ideas that help solve these challenges into pilot projects to be developed by the team in the innovation lab.
Tell us more about your role at LR?
I am a Business Model Innovation Architect, working in our Marine & Offshore team and have been at LR for five years. Our team exists to make sure we stay relevant to our customers as the industry transforms . My role in this focusses on the front end of the innovation pipeline, working with clients and colleagues to identify client challenges, then converting ideas that help solve these challenges into value propositions to be developed by the team in the innovation lab.
Why did you join?
LR exists to support our clients in improving safety, environment and performance – this fundamental purpose is the reason a career at LR initially appealed to me. With limited professional experience straight after completing my degree, I wasn’t sure exactly which type of role I wanted to work in. The LR graduate scheme offered me the opportunity to spend time in different parts of the business to apply my engineering knowledge and develop my skills, with the benefit of learning about the energy and marine industries on a global scale.
Why did you stay?
Since joining LR I have worked across different industries, roles and geographical locations (both in the UK and abroad), and have received career development support throughout. For this reason I have taken on new challenges within LR rather than moving externally to further my career.
What qualifications or experience did you need for your role?
I came across LR whilst on work experience with a pressure vessel manufacturer during my first summer break from university, where I was studying engineering.. The owner really liked LR and had a really good relationship with the LR surveyor who used to go in, so he suggested I contact them for an internship. I spent the next summer in the Sheffield office where the team carries out design appraisal, primarily ofpressure equipment. A year later I came back to LR for second internship in the London office, working on various projects in the offshore part of the business. I applied for the graduate scheme and on successful completion of my degree, I started full time on the scheme.
Describe a typical day at LR?
A big part of my role is engagement – internally and externally. This means working with technical expertise and the sales community to get that link with our customers to really understand what areas we should be looking at. In terms of a typical day for engagement it might be organising innovation sessions at technical or external events to showcase and engage customers in innovation, and to create that feedback loop directly with customers to help prioritise the innovation activity we should be focusing on now and finding customers to pilot projects with.
I also look at ideas and client challenges to build up value propositions and short business cases so that new pilot projects can be started in the innovation lab. I work with people within the innovation team and outside to put all the right pieces of the jigsaw together so we have a complete input in terms of what projects should look like. Engagement and gathering all the information we need to start a new project is the key part to what I do.
What is your proudest moment at LR?
When I was working in anadditive manufacturing role, I led a project to certify the firstpart made by additive manufacturing for the oil and gas industry in 2017. This was an exciting achievement for all parties involved, particularly as the design of the part meant that it couldn’t have been made using traditional manufacturing methods, and therefore benefitted hugely from the application of this relatively emerging technology.
One of the highlights during my time at LR was when I was lucky enough to spend some time in Korea, working on a large scale project with colleagues and customers around the world. The expertise required to bring together such a huge project meant that I was able to learn so much from incredibly knowledgable and experienced people every day. The scale of projects in the yard was unbelieveable, and amazing to see it in person. You don’t realise just quite how small you are until you are standing next to a ship in construction ! I also loved the culture and the social side of Korea – it was completely different and helped us grow as a team and meet people from many other parts of the industry.
What has been one of your key highlights or achievements?
My key highlights are with customers, hearing their views and news particularly in respect to the digital transformation that industry is starting to go through. We have attended several technical committee meetings and external events this year, where we have run innovation sessions to share LR’s direction and ongoing innovation activity, and received feedback and discussion with some very insightful and varied customers. These sessions can be very energising and also provide space for the team to stop and reflect on the progress we have made in between events – a very satisfying activity.
What is your favourite thing about LR?
The variety of work in LR across the business streams and customer segments means that there are always opportunities to keep learning, whether that means specialising in one particular area or getting broader experience of our customers and industries.
What does International Women's Day mean to you?
I see International Women’s Day as one piece of a much bigger equality picture. I believe we, as society, are making huge progress in embracing diversity in all respects, however there is a still long way to go. For women, our challenges often revolve around myths about what we stereotypically “can” and “cannot do”, and dealing with a lack of wider understanding and infrastructure relating to women’s health, particularly in the workplace. International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to highlight these issues and reflect on the progress that has been made in this area in the last decades.