Steve Boswell – Supply Chain Manager
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do at CDA and how long you have worked at CDA.
I am fifty plus, married with a teenage daughter, and have two cats. Originally from the North West I live in Grantham and outside of CDA I enjoy a wide range of interests in sport (rugby league, football, horseracing), music (my music taste has been described as ‘eclectic’ but current favourites are Wye Oak, Ghostpoet and National), social & family history (I have no princes, lords or millionaires in my tree) and I try a get to the gym at least once a week.
I have been at CDA eleven years, the longest time with any business in my life, I am the Supply Chain Manager responsible with my team for delivering product availability whilst controlling stock levels.
Why did you choose CDA?
Ian Kershaw (the Managing Director) approached me with an opportunity. CDA appealed to me at the time as a dynamic fast growing business where as an individual you could make your mark. It still is fortunately!
What are the best things about working at CDA?
The autonomy to create and deliver your own plans. The relentless pace of work. The openness and dedication of most of the workforce.
What has kept you working at CDA for all this time?
The belief that the business can continue to grow and progress in the face of ever changing challenges.
How has CDA helped with your career development?
In gaining experience of a broad range of situations and a number of disciplines. The prime benefit for me has been in managing people – a skill that I now feel comfortable with and enjoy where previously it was something that I really didn’t do well. Maybe that is just because I now work with the best team I have experienced in my time at CDA!
If you were to tell somebody else about CDA, maybe someone applying for a job here, what would you say to them?
If you like hard work, if you are prepared to be open to change and flexible in your approach and you can bring a positive attitude to the business then you will do well.
Describe the CDA culture?
Demanding, hard-working, friendly and always trying to meet the challenges in hand.