20 years of service
Steve Penrose, Procurement Manager, has reached the 20 year milestone with Lowfield Timber Frames. Starting back in 2002, Steve joined as only one of three panel makers plus one sawyer. As the company grew, Steve Roberts, Group Chairman extended the factory for the first of many times at our premises in Marton and has shown no signs of slowing down since.
Over the years, Steve has been involved in almost every corner of the business from saw operator to fork lift truck driver, panel making and even erecting kits on site. During his time as Factory Manager the company also tasked Steve in overseeing the business accreditation’s and moved on to become Lowfield’s Buyer.
All the team here would like to say a big thank you to Steve for his years of loyal service, being an invaluable member of the business and for all those times he’s never grumbled when we’ve needed him to get something to site yesterday!
We’ve asked Steve for a bit of an insight into his day to day role here at Lowfields.
Tell me a little about your position at Lowfield’s and what you do on a day-to-day basis
Raise purchase orders and verify them against invoices and delivery tickets. I am also responsible for ensuring PEFC is kept up to date and all accreditation’s are in order including CHAS, Construction Line and SMAS. A key part of my role is to liaise with suppliers to ensure we are paying the best prices.
What was your background before joining Lowfield Timber Frames?
Leaving school I was a HGV mechanic in Birmingham. I then moved to Shrewsbury and worked for the MOD as a dog handler, then as a trained baiter for 14 years. I started at LTF in 2002 with only 4 of us in the factory, since then I have had many roles within the company and have watched Lowfield’s evolve to where it is now.
What do you like most about your job?
The interaction with suppliers and staff.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Keeping up with the last minute changes and requirements of materials.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Playing golf and doing DIY.