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Meet our Planner: Emma Darby

At Pym & Wildsmith, we have a great team of people, who are really passionate about delivering the best service for our customers. Today’s Q&A is with Emma Darby, in our Planning department.

What’s your role at Pym & Wildsmith?

My job role is the Planner which I have been doing for 4 years. I plan the work for all the areas on both the am and pm shifts. This includes shot blasting, powder coating, metal spraying and more.

My planning consists of making sure that the customer’s requirements are met but also making sure it is achievable.

What does a typical day look like?

I plan for each department and each shift every day. The team leaders liaise with me if they believe there is going to be any problems. I report to the Operations Manager directly and we work as a team in making decisions so that no one person carries all the responsibility on their shoulders.

I juggle working in the office with walking around site. Plus, I work with all the departments on site.

How long have you worked here Emma?

I joined in April 2016, starting in the booking in office, then transport co-ordinator, now planner.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I enjoy the variety and fast pace of each day, the time flies by.

How does it affect you, working for an Employee Owned company?

I appreciate that as an Employee Owned company, we are now responsible for the company and what we would like to achieve going forward collectively. I am proud of what we do and produce every single day with the small amount of people we have and the challenges to overcome.

What are the values that drive you?

  • Honesty. I expect my colleagues to be honest with me also.
  • Admitting if I’m wrong, everyone has their own short-comings.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I enjoy going to football, the theatre & cinema. I also try to keep fit & healthy.

My husband and I are on a personal mission to visit all 92 Premier League and English Football League grounds.

I think my first ground was Derby County. I may have done approximately 25 grounds now, so still a way to go, my husband has done approx. 40. He is a season ticket holder at both Burton Albion (local) and West Ham United (his first love)

I secretly support Ipswich Town, which goes back to my childhood when I thought the striker Paul Mariner was the greatest thing since sliced bread and had his poster on my bedroom wall.


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ISO Standards

We are proud to have attained certification for Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety Management for our Shotblasting, Powdercoating, Paint spraying, Metal spraying, and Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) for Commercial, Industrial, Automotive and Rail metalwork.

Proud to have worked with:

  • APB
  • Broadcrown

Great reasons to use Pym&Wildsmith

Wide range of services for a complete metal finishing package

Facility for large scale items up to 6.45 metres

Quick turnaround times available.