From salads to software

An eye for accounts rather than IT systems has been the driving force for Selkirk project manager Emma Warren. Her eye for detail and flair for creating well-planned systems has been developed through a variety of jobs in the manufacturing and process industries. Warren, aged 30, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management […]

An eye for accounts rather than IT systems has been the driving force for Selkirk project manager Emma Warren. Her eye for detail and flair for creating well-planned systems has been developed through a variety of jobs in the manufacturing and process industries.

Warren, aged 30, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She was first employed for a part of Unigate in Cambridgeshire which handled pre-packed salads and vegetables. Then she moved to jam-makers Chivers Hartley and subsequently Victaulic, a manufacturer of polyethylene pipelines for the water and gas industries.

While at Victaulic she was in an IT team implementing a business processing control system.

She then joined a Peterborough-based printed circuit board manufacturer as an accountant and rose to finance director.

Warren was recruited by Selkirk as UK plant controller in August 1997, and relocated to Somerset.

Her main focus at Selkirk has been on the Selkirk Phoenix project, implementing the Mapics XA system. She had a four-strong project team including the IT manager, plant manager, customer services manager and quality manager, who handled resources throughout the plant.

Warren is now managing the installation of similar systems at a plant in Germany. French and Italian projects will follow.

Warren insists: ‘I’m a firm believer in being multi-faceted and being involved across all company functions, not limited to accounts.’