Emily Jesson started her extraordinary journey with Marshall in April 2015 as a business apprentice, gaining invaluable experience across various departments. Now, her career sees her taking next-generation customer concepts and developing them into a reality.
So what is your current role, Emily?
“My current role is Project Manager, working on New Product Introduction (NPI) for Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites. The majority of projects I’m working on are heavily engineering based, so I work alongside the wider Engineering team to take customer concepts and turn them into issued designs, as well as assisting them with their design for manufacture.
"Over the last year, I’ve had a lot of exposure and worked alongside partners such as BAE systems on a sixth-generation jet fighter aircraft that is under development in the United Kingdom for the British Royal Air Force. It is being developed under the Future Combat Air System (UK) programme by a consortium known as 'Team Tempest', of which we have designated design authority.
"Working alongside such a talented bunch of people is inspiring and also educational as I’m still relatively young. I take any opportunity to develop my learning and understanding with both hands!”
You’ve progressed quickly in your time at Marshall, but how do you spend time out of work?
“I love anything outdoors or fitness related, my top three hobbies would be Surfing, Hiking and Running. I ran my first marathon in 03:09 in 2019 and qualifying for a London Marathon Championship place!
"I also travel around the world surfing, such as in Costa Rica and the Maldives. The North Sea can be rather chilly, but unfortunately the best surf forecasts typically fall across the winter months- but it’s worth it!
"Back in 2019 I also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro which was an amazing experience and exposure to a phenomenal culture.”
How did your Marshall apprenticeship help you?
“The apprenticeship consisted of doing several months in Commercial, Procurement and Quality Control. This provided me with a thorough understanding of how departments across the business function, and an appreciation for what the other roles entail, enabling me to plan and execute my projects with the ability to forecast schedules and budgets more accurately. Setting realistic milestones for a project and managing the customer expectations.”
Do you feel you had the opportunity to progress with Marshall?
“Over the past few years I have seen more women taking senior roles across Marshall and hope to see this continue. Being a young girl in a male dominated environment can be quite challenging, however I’ve received plenty of support from my peers and seniors to push me on and develop throughout my career.
"I’ve had great exposure with a variety of different customers and a range of interesting projects. With the current pipeline for Advanced Composites it looks like this is set to continue.”
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