Employee Spotlight

Our Employee Spotlight Series

Data Analyst, Sander Piket

Tell us a little about working at Stobart Air.

I enjoy working at Stobart Air, especially in the Commercial Department where I am based. The atmosphere at Stobart Air is always enjoyable. At times, things do get quite busy, but that goes without saying in any job. My manager has put a lot of time and effort into my development, and a lot of trust and confidence has been placed on me as part of the team. It’s great to work somewhere where you feel valued, and I always feel like an important part of the team at Stobart Air.

1. Can you tell us a bit about what you do in Stobart Air?

I am a Data Analyst with Stobart Air, and I’m based in the Head Office in Dublin. In 2016, I joined Stobart Air as a Ground Operations Intern and I have progressed in my role since then. In my current role as a Data Analyst, I spend a lot of my time analysing data to create reports such as sales reports, profitability reports, and much more. These reports are then used to progress the business.

2. Whats’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is that it is flexible. I can work with different teams across the business, and my manager gives me the freedom to be creative in my role. As I mentioned, I always enjoy feeling valued in my role.

3. Describe Stobart Air in three words.

Friendly, great opportunities (I know that’s two words!) and honest.

4. If you could move to any other department in Stobart Air, which would you choose and why?

I can’t see myself moving to another department, I am happy in my role as part of the Commercial Department. I have progressed in my career since I began working as an Intern, I am challenged in my role as a Data Analyst and it’s something I really enjoy doing.

 5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

The staff room dishwasher. My biggest pet peeve is when it’s opened it mid-cycle and items are added/removed before the dishwasher is finished its cycle!

6. How have you developed as a person since joining Stobart Air?

Since joining Stobart Air in 2016, I feel I have matured both professionally and socially. Moreover, I feel at home in Stobart Air and in Ireland having only moved here in 2014 from the Netherlands.

7. What is your hidden talent?

I am particularly good at Karting. In University, I was part of the Karting Society and participated in intervarsities. In the Netherlands, I participated in a Red Bull competition and came 3rd in one of the regional races. Not many people are aware, but I am fluent in 3 languages, Dutch, French & English. I was born in the Netherlands and I moved to France aged 8, where I learned both French and English in school.

Certifying B1 Engineer, David Murphy

Tell us a little about working at Stobart Air.

The company culture is great. The people within the company are some of the friendliest you’ll meet and they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they’re more than willing to share. No two days are ever the same and for me that’s definitely a bonus.

1. Describe Stobart Air in three words.

Challenging, rewarding and friendly.

2. Do you have a nickname at work?

There have definitely been a few throughout the years! There’s never a shortage of creativity within engineering.  Mostly I’m called Dave but every now and then there’ll be something new doing the rounds for a few weeks, it’s always good natured of course.

3. What was most appealing to you about the Aircraft Engineer Apprenticeship programme?

Initially I enjoyed the idea of working with my hands and doing something different everyday. Not many people get hands on with an aircraft or understand what’s going on in the background and that caught my interest. I saw the apprenticeship as a challenge and an opportunity to begin a career in an exciting, fast paced industry and I certainly haven’t looked back since. There is also the added benefit of being paid while you learn!

4. How has the Aircraft Engineer Apprenticeship programme positioned you in terms of career prospect and career progression?

I graduated in 2016 and not long after that, the company enrolled me on a type rating course for the ATR aircraft. This enabled me to add the ATR aircraft to my license and start certifying, taking responsibility for work carried out on the aircraft. Not many companies would provide the opportunity so quickly after graduating.

I am happy with my current role but in the future, there may be the possibility of further promotions and the company certainly encourages everybody with the required qualifications to apply for in house vacancies.

There’s also the possibility of moving off the tools and into a number of office-based roles within Stobart Air including aircraft leasing, maintenance planning or technical services. If a prospective apprentice completes the exams and graduates with their license, the possibilities are endless!

 5. If you could move to any other department in Stobart Air, which would you choose and why?

I don’t think I’d move departments. The fact that no two days are the same within the engineering department keeps it interesting. I like not knowing what to expect when you walk through the door and there are constant challenges arising throughout the shift.

Nobody has seen it all and every day you’re learning something new! The people within the department are some of the best you’ll meet and it’s very easy to build both professional and personal relationships.

6. How have you developed as a person since joining Stobart Air?

I was only 19 when I joined Stobart Air so naturally I’ve done a lot of growing up since. The apprenticeship pushes and challenges you and I definitely learned a lot during it. The progression within the company happens pretty fast and you’re constantly learning and developing every day. I cannot put a value on the experience I’ve gained since joining the company and I’m sure it will continue to benefit me well into the future.

ATR Flight Safety Officer, Patrick English

  1. Do people have a nickname for you at work?

People might have a nickname for me that I’m not aware of! I think most people call me “Patrick” or “Paddy”. It doesn’t matter where I go, I am mostly called Paddy. Whether that be Southend, Isle of Man, Cork… even our ATR Chief Pilot calls me “Paddy English, Paddy Irishman, Paddy Scotsman”. So, I think that’s it!

  1. What do you like most about working for Stobart Air?

The biggest thing is the variety, working on both the line and at head office allows you to meet many different people. The people are a huge aspect of the role plus every day is different! The role also helps you to learn and teaches you an awful lot about what not to do.

  1. What is your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is folding myself into the flight deck of an ATR. I am 6”7 so I suppose my talent is trying not to hit my head in the aircraft every day.

  1. Describe Stobart Air in three words.

I would say challenging, expanding and diverse.

  1. What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I’m quite busy at the moment so I don’t get a chance to watch as much Netflix as I’d like to. I am currently in the middle of watching Narcos Mexico and I have just finished Power which was quite good. Not too sure if there will be another season, the finale left everything quite up in the air but I’m hopeful there will be.

  1. If you could move to any other department in Stobart Air, which would you choose and why?

The training department. I like to work with people and fresh blood in any department introducing new ideas is never a bad thing. I have seen many changes in the past 4 years but there certainly are improvements to be made, I’d like to be a part of that.

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who complain over everything. There are always solutions to even the smallest of problems and some people just don’t understand that.

  1. How have you developed as a person since joining Stobart Air?

I’ve learned how to manage people better thanks to working on the line and in the Safety Department. As flight crew we are lucky we don’t deal much with front of house, but the safety department has taught me how to deal with delicate situations and manage the people affected by our investigations.