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Meet Gordon, store man at Emirates Lounge, Glasgow Airport and Grant Russell, stores and shop manager, HMP Addiewell

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Gordon Smith, Scotland

Grant Russell, Scotland

Gordon SmithGordon Smith, store man at Emirates Lounge, Glasgow Airport

Joined Sodexo: June 2014
Lives in: Paisley
Favourite part of the UK: Glasgow of course – great days out, and good food, people and nightlife!

Q. Tell us about a typical day.
A.
I’m in at 7.30am and the first thing I have to do is empty and clean out the grease trap, which isn’t the most pleasant first task of the day! I then turn my hand to a range of different things to support the lounge’s chef and host teams: this can see me washing dishes and rotating the stock in the fridges and store rooms alongside my store duties.

Q. Something you do every day?
A.
My main responsibility every day is to collect all deliveries coming in and ensure they’re all safely stored ready for use. I clock off at 3.30pm.

Q. What’s it like working at an airport?
A.
  Always busy as you can imagine. We have a lot of restrictions, as the lounge is airside so there are high security standards to meet. But it’s always different every day – the other day I had to move a very large flower arrangement worth hundreds of pounds. It’s a great atmosphere to work in. Everyone loves coming to Glasgow, it has such a buzz about it.

Q. Define your job in three words.
A.
Challenging. Rewarding. Physical.

Q. Tell us one aspect of your work that might surprise your colleague working at a different Sodexo site in Scotland.
A.
One of the deliveries I often have to handle is fish, which can make me very unpopular in the lift with colleagues afterwards!

Q. When I get home I like to….
A.
Shower (see above!), chill out, make some nice food and watch football.

 

 

 

 

Grant RussellGrant Russell, stores and shop manager, HMP Addiewell

Joined Sodexo: in 2012
Lives in: Fife
Favourite part of the UK: Fife coast, because you can cycle along it for about 100 miles and it has some great scenery. 

Q. Tell us about a typical day.
A.
It starts at 8am and the first thing I do is identify any critical tasks for the day. The rest of the day in stores is spent completing orders for departments throughout the prison; removing the items from the stock system; putting new orders on the system, contacting suppliers and dealing with deliveries. The shop side of the department completes the canteen requests for confectionary, magazines, fruit and protein, accounting for around 2,000 individual orders per week.

Q. Something you do every day?
A.
Place orders with suppliers – we have a lot of stock here and a lot of different suppliers to liaise with every day.

Q. What’s it like working inside HMP Addiewell?
A.
Well our area is a fairly basic warehouse, so in that respect it is much the same as any other, although the setting it obviously unusual. We have around 35 departments throughout the site that we supply various items to, so it gets very busy. The shop side can also be a lot to handle with the number of orders that need to be processed every week. The place itself is unlike anywhere I have ever worked before, there is always something happening and I enjoy that.

Q. Define your job in three words.
A.
Supply And Demand!

Q. Tell us one aspect of your work that might surprise your colleague working at a different Sodexo site in Scotland.
A
. Our shop processes up to 7,000 orders per month.

Q. Tell us an interesting fact about your job.
A
. Well, the Christmas period is usually quite testing – bigger orders, longer shifts and changed delivery schedules mean we really have to stay on top of things.

Q. When I get home I like to….
A.
Go to the gym, swimming or cycling.

 

 

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