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Pladis appoints its youngest ever factory manager for McVitie’s site

A  manufacturing employee from Fife, Scotland, has risen through the ranks of global snacks group Pladis, to become its youngest factory manager, leading its site in Bucharest, Romania.

Morven Burden, 27, first joined the company at its McVitie’s factory in Carlisle, UK.

As the company explained, in just six years, she rose through its ranks at different sites including Harlesden (London) and Wigston, and across a number of its brands.

In her most recent role as manufacturing capability lead, UK and Europe, she supported new product development, including Godiva Masterpieces, and launched UK products to other global markets such as Israel.

It was Morven’s early love of baking that first propelled her interest in working at a biscuit factory, having spent her university part-time job as a pastry chef at the luxury five-star Hotel, Fairmont, in St. Andrews.

In her new role as factory manager, she is responsible for maintaining standards and driving growth at the factory, which has 250 employees and produces 4,000 tonnes of products per year.

Speaking on her appointment, the manager said: “I was once crowned the Brandy Snap biscuit queen and held a record of making 2,000 by hand in a single shift – hence why I love making biscuits at Pladis.

“I am thrilled to be taking this next big step in my career and look forward to adapting to a new and dynamic environment in Romania, one of Pladis’ fastest-growing manufacturing hubs. I’m confident I’ll be able to share best working practices and create new growth opportunities between the UK and Romania.”

Mandy Major, factory manager at Pladis’ Aintree site, has acted as a mentor to Morven,  and added: “Since joining us as a young graduate, Morven has shown true passion for the business and our sector. She has begun a remarkable career leading complex and varied manufacturing projects across our sites, and we’re immensely proud that she is taking on this new role in our global family, bringing all her expertise to Romania.”

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