Weetabix names chief engineer

By Rod Addy contact

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Lally: 'Exciting new projects'
Lally: 'Exciting new projects'
Weetabix Food Company has appointed Parjit Singh Lally, former engineering manager at pharmaceutical company GSK to spearhead the business' engineering strategy.

Recruited to fill the role of chief engineer, Lally has over 25 years of experience within engineering, working for five multinational organisations covering three continents and covering over 40 brands.

In addition to his GSK role, he has also had spells at Johnson & Johnson as their technology director for Asia, RB and Smith & Nephew.

Reporting to group operations director Patrick Rigby, Lally will assume responsibility for the central engineering team. Weetabix stated that his key role would be to evolve the company strategy and ensure its delivery through his people and refined processes. The company was a finalist in the Site Team of The Year, Apprentice of The Year and Partnership Award for Training at the Food Manufacture​ Excellence Awards in 2018. To register your interest in the next awards, click here​. 

World-class performance

To ensure delivery of the strategy he has also been given a remit to establish world-class performance at the business. He is tasked with doing this using a clear set of engineering standards that ensure alignment and help drive performance across maintenance systems, training, compliance, facilities management, electrical automation and capital expenditure projects. 

“Our Weetabix engineering vision is to consistently deliver high-quality product to our customers, in the most cost-effective and safe way possible, whilst continually improving through our people,"​ said Lally. "We will always strive to offer best-in-class processes and my aim is to implement an aligned strategy across multiple engineering functions that will support the business day to day, but also contribute to the exciting new projects we have in the pipeline.

Engineering platform

"Weetabix is the first fast-moving consumer goods company that I’ve worked for and I’m really looking forward to working with such a great brand to help them set up their engineering platform for the future. I can’t wait to get stuck in. My 25 years of experience has also provided me with an adept knowledge of stakeholder management, allowing me to engage various parties and ensure I can drive a strategy across the company.”

Rigby added: “We’re proud to welcome Parjit to the Weetabix team. His experience will help him quickly get to the heart of our current engineering capacity and allow us to identify what needs to be done to make our processes world-class. With his support we’ll be able to maximise efficiency of current and future contracts, ensuring that our strategy is cost-effective and innovative, delivering high-quality engineering that delivers results for the whole business.”

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