Manufacturing profile: Amy Blackledge

Amy Blackledge, Area Manufacturing Manager – Material Handling, Appleby Coke Ovens

Amy Blackledge joined us in December 2017. She started out as Health & Safety Facilitator at our Appleby Coke Ovens where she now works as Area Manufacturing Manager. Find out more...

Please provide a brief overview of your first role with British Steel and the journey you’ve taken to your current role

Prior to working for British Steel, I worked as a resident contractor for Hargreaves Industrial Services as a site manager for the coke and coal haulage contract supplying the Ironworks. This role gave me the ability to learn about the site and different customer requirements.

In December 2017, I joined British Steel as Health & Safety Facilitator at Appleby Coke Ovens (ACO) before shortly afterwards moving into my current role as Area Manufacturing Manager where I still have a heavy health and safety influence.

How long have you been with the business?

I worked 4-5 years as a sub-contractor and then became a British Steel employee in December 2017.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

My main responsibilities include:

  • Coal / coke stocktake: ensuring all material is in the correct places and our internal customers (Blast Furnaces / Appleby Coke Ovens / Ore Preparation Plant) can operate efficiently 
  • Managing and promoting the safety of both British Steel employees and contractors 
  • Planning / ordering / receiving coal (30,000 tonnes) and coke (10-15,000 tonnes) per week from external sources such as Immingham Bulk Terminal 
  • Contract owner for Hargreaves Industrial Services – Coal and Coke, Coal Handling Plant 
  • Continuous improvement of operational performance 
  • Facilitate outages for the maintenance team 
  • Manage the quality of the coal sent to the customer 
  • Recycle coke and coal to be a reusable fuel source

Why do you enjoy working for British Steel?

No 2 days are the same, every day presents new challenges and ways to test my abilities. Each customer has their own targets and demands, so achieving these goals requires attention and the ability to react quickly.

British Steel has given me opportunities to develop myself on both a personal and professional level, and so progress as a manager while pursuing my career.

What advice would you give to other people considering a career at British Steel?

British Steel has roles that fit any personality type. The team here is a friendly and welcoming with years of experience and knowledge that they’re willing to share.