An Asda employee’s commitment to her job and willingness to go that extra mile to improve her workplace earned her the title Woman of the Year.
Julie McCaffery, from Dunipace, is a business change manager with Asda’s logistic services at Grangemouth and Falkirk depots and her success in that role and her activities away from the workplace impressed the panel at this year’s Freight Transport Association Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.
Julie, who received her prize at a ceremony in London’s Marriot Hotel, was recognised for contributing to the increasing success of the organisation after she led numerous colleague engagement and continuous improvement projects which helped improve the site’s overall safety and customer service.
She said: “I’m still in absolute shock, it was such a lovely surprise to be recognised for the job that I do. I’m very passionate about my career, and with the Grangemouth and Falkirk depots servicing all stores in Scotland and Northern Ireland it’s important to continuously be looking at ways to improve the running of the sites.
“My favourite part of the job is the colleagues I work with, it’s a real team effort and we all work hard at implementing ideas and solutions to continuously improve Asda’s logistics services.”
Since 2010, Julie has also worked on a part-time basis as an associate lecturer at the University of West Scotland, delivering the MSc program to quality management, project management and logistics and distribution students, using her personal and professional experiences to encourage and inspire female students to venture into the industry.
June Jones, senior manager for Asda Logistic Services, said: “We’re all very proud of Julie’s recognition at the everywoman awards, she does a fantastic job of supporting the team to ensure any ideas we have for improving service are followed through and implemented.
“Her enthusiasm and passion for her role and engaging colleagues in improvement activity and ideas is refreshing and delivers fantastic results for colleagues, the depots she works with and Asda.”
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of Everywoman, added: “There are many rewarding opportunities within the transport and logistics industry and we are proud to recognise individuals who are transforming the industry through their tenacity, passion for innovation and commitment to mentoring the next generation.”