Nicola McGarry - Regional Manager

International Women's Week - Nicola McGarry

What is your cur­rent role and how long have you been with VPS?

Region­al Man­ag­er, Scot­land. I have been with VPS 6 years in March.

What has been your career journey?

I joined VPS as an Admin­is­tra­tor in March 14′. The Depot I joined (Glen­rothes) was actu­al­ly a stand alone busi­ness called Vac­Man, that VPS pur­chased in Octo­ber 13′. With­in a few months I was pro­mot­ed to Senior Admin­is­tra­tor and then Branch Man­ag­er in June 15′. Fol­low­ing the deci­sion to cre­ate two man­age­ment struc­tures in April 19′ I was then offered the posi­tion of Region­al Man­ag­er for VPS in Scot­land which I was delight­ed to accept.

What made you decide on a career in Oper­a­tions Management? 

Hav­ing worked in Oper­a­tions Admin for a long peri­od of time I was able to see both the side of the teams on the ground and the man­age­ment. I could see the chal­lenges both faced on a dai­ly basis and as I love a good chal­lenge I felt I could make a real difference.

What advice would you give to some­one aspir­ing to have a career in Oper­a­tions Management?

Work hard, nev­er be afraid to speak up and voice your opin­ion and trust your gut instinct every time.

What has been the most mem­o­rable achieve­ment in your career so far?

Being giv­en the role of Region­al Man­ag­er for Scotland.

What would you like to achieve in the future?

I would like to make sure my staff get the recog­ni­tion they deserve for the incred­i­ble hard work they put in every day. Ensure they have every­thing they need to do their job to the best of their abil­i­ty and pro­vide our Cus­tomers with the best qual­i­ty and ser­vice in the industry.

What do you think is the biggest issue faced by women in the work­place today?

I believe women still strug­gle to be tak­en seri­ous­ly and often have to work twice as hard to be giv­en the same recognition.