Technical profile: Adam Lynaugh

Adam Lynaugh joined British Steel in 2007 and now works as Quality Manager, Wire Rod. Find out his thoughts on working for our company...

What was your first role and please describe your journey to your current role?

I started with the business in 2007 as a technical apprentice doing a rotation of placements around Technical departments at the Scunthorpe site while embarking on part-time study to further my education.

Having graduated to a permanent position in the business as a technician, I continued to study-part time developing in my department. I then went on to work in a variety of areas focusing on raw material and latterly finished product testing including rods, rail and sections working with the product areas to meet product quality standards and customer requirements. 

Since 2017, I’ve been working within the Wire Rod area of the business managing Product Testing and Certification as well as the Quality Management System. I’m responsible for maintaining and improving compliance to ISO 9001 and developing our credentials in the automotive market, with the business achieving approval to the industry standard (IATF 16949) in June 2019. I have also worked with various functions and areas across the Rod Mill on numerous improvement projects as part of the business focus on continuous improvement, as we constantly look to develop the business and its products. Our improvement methodology is based on a lean six sigma approach and, working as a black belt, I'm proud to help our business move forward.

Throughout my journey with the business, I have been fortunate enough to complete 9 years of part-time study focused on Material Engineering completing HNC, FdEng, BEng and MSc.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

My day-to-day activities include:

  • involvement in daily management with various teams reviewing performance measures and looking forwards at upcoming workloads with a main focus on process controls and product testing
  • maintaining and developing business systems, products and processes to ensure standards are in place and performance is in line with customer requirements, approval guidelines and national / international standards
  • working with all levels and functions of the business to ensure development activities are effectively prioritised and implemented while assisting in the use of necessary tools, ensuring progression to agreed timescales

Why do you enjoy working for British Steel?

I’m proud to work for British Steel as it has a fantastic heritage, provides quality products around the world to a wide range of customers and industries and is continually striving to evolve.

From a personal viewpoint, I have always worked with and for people throughout my various roles that are approachable, supportive and encouraging to those around them.

I have also been afforded great development opportunities both in and outside of my job roles through the challenges set within them and through part-time education.

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

If you embrace change, new challenges and work towards your goals, British Steel can provide opportunities to match your ambition and more, with such a wide range of roles and areas across the business there is always something to learn!