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Meet the YPIE Group: Ryan Goddard


It’s our final week of the 2019 Young Professional Industry Experience – our three week intensive programme where aspiring young people are given the opportunity to visit and understand all areas of the furniture industry, including materials, designing, manufacturing, pricing, marketing, sales, and customer service.

This week the young professionals are visiting Axminster, Halstock, Herman Miller, Ercol, Hypnos, Fira and the Furniture Ombudsman.

Today we meet Ryan Goddard who is an Operations Graduate at Herman Miller.

Describe yourself in three words:

Dependable, analytical and level-headed.

What attracted you to the company you work for?

Herman Miller caught my attention through its incredible lean manufacturing processes and extremely modern UK factory, situated in Melksham, Wiltshire. The company’s passion for problem solving and constantly striving to be better than yesterday are brilliant values to have.

Tell us one thing you love about the company you work for?

I love how Herman Miller engage with their employees by always ensuring: we have a great place to work and our views are valued. The company work closely with various charities and also hold regular fundraising events.

What’s your career goal right now?

I want to gain as much experience as I can in different parts of operations industry and to build a career I can enjoy and thrive in whilst implementing this at Herman Miller.

Which company are you most looking forward to visiting on the YPIE programme?

I’m looking forward to visiting DFS, as they are a very large business and I would love to see how their production techniques compare to that of Herman Miller and other companies. I am also looking forward to learning about areas of the business outside manufacturing.

For more information about Herman Miller visit https://www.hermanmiller.com/en_gb/