What it's like to work for Automated Packaging Systems - Ruth Butler

Ruth Butler of Automated Packaging Systems UKAutomated Packaging Systems is celebrating its 30th year of manufacturing in the UK. Quality Project Manager Ruth Butler has been part of the team for 29 years and has seen the business grow. 

When did you start at Automated Packaging Systems?
I joined Automated Packaging Systems one year after it was established in the UK. I always think I was in the right place at the right time as I didn’t see any progression in my old job.  As soon as I started, management took an interest and helped me to develop a career. 

Did it always feel like a job for life?
I wasn’t sure I would stay - it was a small business at the time and we were all still learning but everyone looked out for each other, more like a family unit. I think this really helped as we’ve all been growing and developing together. It still feels like a family unit today. 

How has your career progressed?
I began my career with what was a joint venture of Automated Packaging Systems making bread bags. Then, when Automated Packaging Systems moved away and went through a stage where we needed to implement training and quality, I got my break. Automated Packaging Systems always believe in promoting from within. As the company grew, so did the pressure to hold quality accreditations.  My role was to implement management systems that met the criteria of the International Organisations of Standardisation (ISO) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), and today I’m responsible for developing training systems to ensure we maintain our accreditations. 

What has been your career highlight so far?
I’m very proud of the Company’s development and my part in it. What was a small family-sized unit is now a leader in packaging solutions with more than 180 employees in Europe alone. Yet it has still a strong people focus and believes in the welfare and development of staff. I really enjoy seeing new personnel join the company and watch them grow and develop, and we laugh along the way.

What is the future of Automated Packaging Systems do you think?
The company has gone from strength to strength, growing into new markets and expanding our range of systems and services over the years. I’m sure there is a lot more to come from Automated Packaging Systems. With 30 years under our belts, there’s a great deal of experience and know-how to build on, and I’m looking forward to being part of it. What makes Automated Packaging Systems great is the level of care and consideration held for staff and customers, and I can’t imagine that’s going to change. 

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