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.
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 because I was on a work experience week with a pressure vessel manufacturer, a very small company. The owner really liked LR and he had a really good relationship with the LR surveyor who used to go in. He suggested I contact them for an internship which I did, and I got one in the Sheffield office which is about design appraisal and pressure equipment. I did 8 weeks and came back for another internship a year later where I worked in the London office. That was with compliance at the time. For both those internships I needed to be working towards a degree, and then for the graduate scheme, I needed a degree in engineering which I have.
Describe a typical day at LR?
My role looks at how we are going to develop our relatively new innovation strategy for M&O and working on developing each portfolio within that strategy. My role is partly on engagement – internally and externally. This means working with technical exprtise and the sales community to get that link with the 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 to prioritise which innovation activity we should be looking at now and finding customers to pilot projects with.
I also look at ideas and client challenges to build up what we call the business model canvas which is a one page business case to explain who the client is and explain what their problem is, what we can offer to solve it and what the revenue is. It is a very short business case for us to then start piloting a new ppject. 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 getting 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?
I have a had a few proud moments whilst working here! When I worked in the additive manufacturing role I led a project to certify the first additive manufacturer part for the oil and gas industry in 2017 which was a great achievement.
Spending time on site in Korea where I was working on project management and shadowing surveyors who were working on the new construction of an FPSO* was also a really proud moment for me. That was a real highlight seeing the bigger picture and how everything fits together.
Then there was the Marine & Offshore commercial conference in 2018, where we did our very first innovation show. We had an afternoon with all the global sales leaders . We turned a room in a hotel into an innovation space with different lighting effects and scaffolding in the middle with LR in neon lights around the room. It felt like a big introduction of innovation to the business. It had taken time to set up a new team, get established and start having projects we could show. It was a really proud moment of bringing everything together into one room.
(*an FPSO is a floating production storage and offloading unit - its a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil)
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.