Process and control today | Siemens appoints Sarah Black-Smith as General Manager of its UK Motion Control business
24/06/2022 Siemens plc
Appointment reinforces commitment to increase number of women in engineering
Siemens has appointed Sarah Black-Smith as General Manager of its UK Motion Control business.
Sarah takes on this role after a successful career as Plant Operations Manager at Siemens’ Congleton plant, where she was responsible for all production, lean operations and engineering teams.
This appointment further highlights Siemens’ commitment to strengthening gender equality throughout the organization and its drive to increase the number of women in engineering. In 2021, half of graduates and 42% of trainees recruited are women.
Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries UK & Ireland, said: “We are proud to announce that Sarah leads Motion Control, a key business in our global offering for industry and manufacturing. She brings immense experience to this role and manufacturing knowledge that will be very useful to her in working with our customers.
“Women are definitely making their mark in engineering and we at Siemens are continually striving to employ women in this sector. While there are many challenges, including gender parity, our strong foundations to mitigate these obstacles will pay off in the long run. »
Sarah’s career at Siemens spans nearly 20 years. She holds a BSc in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from Loughborough University and an MSc in Operations Excellence from Cranfield University. Sarah was interning at Alstom Power when it was sold to Siemens in 2003. Siemens then sponsored Sarah’s final year, hiring her as a fresh graduate joining as a Lean Implementer at Lincoln in 2004, moving into the position of Manufacturing Manager in 2010.
When a new opportunity presented itself to her, she moved to the North West to work as a production manager at the Siemens factory in Congleton. Sarah then became Manufacturing Manager in 2014 and Factory Operations Manager in 2016, a position she has held until now.
In September, Sarah was made a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Black-Smith said: “In my new role as Managing Director of the Motion Control Division, I will be responsible for growing the business and improving our strategic positioning in UK industry.
“Most importantly, I look forward to working as a team with other Siemens business general managers and our sales teams to promote digital industries. Ultimately, we must work together to deliver value to our customers. »
Having been responsible for the production of over one million drives and controls a year at Siemens’ Congleton factory, Sarah understands first-hand the challenges manufacturers face, including labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. It is therefore well equipped to deal with Siemens’ manufacturing customers.
“While my focus is on order intake and revenue, I am hard-wired into manufacturing where safety, durability, quality, cost and delivery are the top priority,” added Sarah. “These measurements will allow me to understand customer requirements.”
Sarah continues to inspire not only young apprentices and recruits, but also her male counterparts and newcomers.
“It’s great to be able to offer advice, to mentor where they want to be mentored, and sometimes just to discuss something where they have a challenge,” she said. “I have been accessible to both male and female mentees over the years, and will continue to do so in my new role. This gives me great satisfaction. »
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