“A tip I cannot stress enough is just be yourself” – Katie Lloyd
Katie Lloyd (@kate2814) is a confectioner at Nestle – one of Europe’s largest food manufacturers.
Having joined as an apprentice over 4 years ago, Katie was (at the time of this recording) based in York’s innovation and renovation team. She has worked on a raft of projects, including popular Matchmaker varieties and specialist Pink Grapefruit Fruit Pastilles for Sir Ian McKellan!
In our wide-ranging conversation, we discuss tips for building cooperative working relationships with colleagues; how to perform strongly in interviews and company assessment centres; potential routes into the food manufacturing industry; and so much more!
I should add Katie is a close friend and we recorded this episode WAY before the recent pandemic. We also chose a somewhat unusual location to record so please excuse the screaming babies!
You can find Katie at the following:
Katie’s beginnings (3:25)
Travelling and the transition to a new job (8:38)
“Do you like chocolate?” (15:31)
“I invent new chocolate bars for a living” - a Cosmopolitan feature (22:12)
Working with R&D (25:49)
Getting her ideas (30:55)
Katie’s typical workday (33:00)
Tips for building cooperative working relationships with colleagues (35:47)
Katie’s biggest challenges (50:00)
Potential routes into the food manufacturing industry (55:00)
How to perform strongly in interviews and company assessment centres (58:39)
Just smile! (1:09:30)
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