Here at HMK, we recognise that our workforce is one of our greatest strengths, enabling us to provide expert knowledge and first-class service to our customers, alongside our market-leading products.
We’re committed to investing in our workforce and supporting our employees with opportunities for development to help them achieve their full potential.
The HMK Team is expanding and this week we’re shining a spotlight on Kerris Farr.
Read on to find out a bit more about her...
Name: Kerris Farr
Job Title: Sales Order Administrator
When did she join HMK? June 2021
What does the role involve? Kerris works in our back office, playing a key role in our order processing function. She works under our Logistics Manager Jenny, receiving and processing customer orders, invoices and warranties.
Previous experience and areas of expertise: Kerris joined us from a wholesale ribbon manufacturer where she’d worked for 15 years in the purchasing department, carrying out similar duties to her role at HMK. She also has previous experience working in the aerospace and military sectors, where she’d held administration roles. Kerris took on the role at HMK when she decided she wanted a career change and saw it as a great opportunity to progress her career with a forward-thinking company.
What’s the best thing about working at HMK? Despite only joining the company in June, Kerris is quickly finding her feet and enjoying her new workplace and getting to know her colleagues. She said: “It’s a great environment to work in and everyone is so nice. I’ve never worked at a company where things get done so quickly. You can message someone or ask for something and it’s done virtually straight away. It’s a really modern working environment and a great place to work. “Next I’m looking forward to finding out more about the engineering side of the company and what interesting projects we’re working on.”
Proudest achievement? The mum-of-one says she’s most proud of her 18-year-old son and the support, encouragement and advice she’s given him over the years. She said: “I wouldn’t say I was a pushy mum, but I’ve always been there to encourage him. I supported him to leave school at 16 and go to college, and now he’s off to university this year and I’m so proud of him. “I also taught him to drive when he couldn’t have lessons because of Covid, and he passed his driving test first time, so I’m taking the credit for that!”
Fun fact about Kerris: Rock music fan Kerris can often be found at gigs and festivals and is a big fan of classic rock including Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and White Snake, as well as up-and-coming rock bands. She’s also a self-confessed biker, so we’re half expecting her to arrive at work on her motorbike one day, though she says she’d rather ride passenger behind her husband these days! She also loves animals and has one dog and three cats.