Why work in Scotland?
I have now been with LifeScan for six years. Prior to joining LifeScan in 2010, I was in the automotive industry for 19 years, based in the Midlands. I loved it and wasn’t looking for a new job but the LifeScan role jumped off the page at me. It sounded too interesting to pass up. And the skills I gained in my previous career transferred to this new role.
My family and I love the outdoor life and we’d been on holiday a lot in Scotland and loved it.
LifeScan flew me up for an interview, and then flew my family up to spend a weekend in Inverness with a tour guide. It was great to be able to get a first-hand sense of the place and discover how wonderful everything was.
Working at LifeScan
I work within the Technical Operations department for LifeScan. The role requires extensive team-working and collaboration skills because I work across many internal LifeScan groups as well as interacting with external suppliers on a global basis.
My job requires a reasonable amount of international travel which adds to the interest of the role. I am now manager of a small team responsible for the technical aspects of the supply chain.
My background is in electronics engineering. For this job you need a good grounding on all electronic engineering principles and a reasonable grounding in basic physics principles as well.
But it’s not all technical stuff. I get to put my people skills to use because I deal with design partners and customers in other countries – so I’m not just an electronics geek sitting in the corner.
Living in Scotland
The quality of life and space in the Highlands is the main selling point. It’s a big difference from when we lived in England and would occasionally go to the seaside when we had a spare weekend. Now we actually live by the sea!
We’ve been able to get involved in our local community and have joined the local sailing club. The children have all gained sailing qualifications through the local sailing club while living here and are now instructors. This is one of the benefits of living on the coast.
No stressful commutes because I cycle to work along nice country roads. We even have a garden big enough to keep chickens. The children are also happier here than they were in England.
As a parent, another major plus about living in Scotland is that the universities are free here. My oldest son has now left Glasgow university and my other two children are now enrolled on undergraduate courses at Scottish universities.
The whole family enjoys living near the mountains, skiing in the winter, walking and cycling in the summer. We enjoy the watersports (sailing and kayaking), living at the coast. We even get to see the Northern Lights from our back garden!
What’s not to love? We’re living the good life in exceptionally beautiful surroundings.