Image Above: Dave Duffield, Product Development Manager
Alutech Systems is fast growing into a renowned industry name through next level service and out of the box thinking.
The business has experienced unprecedented growth, thanks to friendly, personalised customer service, internationally recognised products and an industry-leading delivery time of just 5 working days on stocked product, due to a huge UK-based stockholding capability.
2021 so far has seen Alutech enhancing its infrastructure in terms of human resources, premises and delivery fleet, as well as creating a new role, which heralds an exciting new era for Alutech in the UK…
Dave Duffield has joined Alutech as their first UK-based Product Development Manager. Dave has worked as an engineer in hardware since 2007 and lived in China from 2013 to 2018, where he worked for a manufacturer and supplier to many European hardware companies.
In 2016 he began working with Brisant, developing and manufacturing products for them. In 2018, Dave returned to the UK with his young family and was employed by Brisant to develop all their hardware, such as the Sweet furniture range, to great success.
More recently though, Dave, whose background was originally automotive design, began looking for a new challenge and came across a job advert on LinkedIn. He says, “It doesn’t often come about that you find such an opportunity so close to home. What appealed to me most about joining Alutech, was the challenge of jumping into a company with no onsite product design capability.
“I’m looking forward to putting my own stamp on the role. First though, I’ve got a lot to learn about aluminium systems to get up to speed on aluminium profiles, in terms of technical requirements & functionality.”
He explains, “My biggest driver is that I like to see the end result of what I’ve designed, being used in products that are on the market.”
And although he’s already settling in well, Dave commented, “I’ve only met a handful of people so far due to many still working for home and social distancing measures.”
Similarly, the recruitment process was also quite different from what Dave has previously been used to. “It involved a lot of phone calls and a rather daunting Zoom presentation! My presentation skills were a bit rusty,” he said, “But I must’ve impressed because I was offered the job.
“The Managing Director at Alutech, Steve Hudson, has a refreshing approach to business,” Dave observes. “He freely admits when something isn’t his forte and hires the specialists in their field to provide those skills and empowers those people in their roles to do what they do best. This really appeals to me.”
Dave is no stranger to liaising with overseas partners and in his new role he’ll be working alongside the Alutech Group product development team in Belarus.
He already has a list of projects to get him started. One being the eagerly anticipated new slim window system from Alutech. And another top-secret project that is set to give Alutech fabricators a whole new string to their bow!
The Alutech team are ready to take your call on 01924 350 110. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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