MEET THE TEAM
Welcome. This is the first in a new series of blogs where we shine a light on our amazing team members across BrewDog. From supply chain and marketing to brewing and bar teams, there are such a diverse range of people and roles in our business who all play a vital role in getting beer to you. These are the cogs beneath the surface, working our homeland of Aberdeenshire and all around the world to help ensure kegs and cans end up in your hands.
Without these people, we are nothing.
So to kick off, we’re introducing you to Christina - fixer, planner, and problem-solver. If you ask anyone here at BrewDog HQ what Christina’s greatest strength is, they’ll tell you she knows how to get things done.
So, we sat down with Christina to find out more…
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’ve lived in Aberdeenshire my whole life! From going to school at Ellon Academy to graduating with a degree in History & International Relations from the University of Aberdeen.
When the pandemic hit last year, I found I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do long term. That worked in my favour because when this role was advertised, I just knew this is somewhere different to what I was doing previously but a job that would allow me to work with several different people and a job that would challenge me.
What is your Job Title
I am operations project manager. No two days are the same. This means there’s no day-today which I like as it pushes, challenges, and forces me to work with different people to sometimes make the impossible happen. I primarily support New Product Development which is any new beer, idea or project and my job is to take things from pillar to pillar and assist with getting things over the line. I work with people from all over the business. You can’t execute amazing projects or deliver anything without the help of people along the way.
How long have you worked for BrewDog?
I’ve been at BrewDog for 7 months. I applied for the role because it married together my favourite aspects of previous jobs with working for a brand. For me, being able to see finished products on the shelves in supermarkets makes me so happy because I know how much time, effort and passion has gone into that product and I know I’ve played my own special part in it’s creation.
Do you have a favourite project you’ve worked on?
I think supporting the launch of BrewDog and Friends. It was my first project in this industry and at the time I had no idea what I was doing. Now, it’s nice to be able to look back with BrewDog and Friends off the ground and take in all that I learned. There are so many different elements to BrewDog and Friends both internally and externally and the whole project has such an amazing story. From showcasing breweries that we know and love to the intertwined sustainability message. BrewDog and Friends is a beautiful culmination of what BrewDog is truly about.
Do you have a favourite thing about BrewDog?
The people. I think the talent, the attitudes, work ethic and just all-round friendliness of everyone I have met so far has been phenomenal. People work so closely together in what can be a very fast paced environment, but everyone works together with a common goal, and I think so far that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about it particularly as someone new. People have been so helpful in teaching me, helping me learn, helping me grow. Oh, and the beer!
Where are we likely to find you outside of work?
As my niece would say “in da ocean”. Around 3 months ago I took up wild swimming. It’s hard to explain what wild swimming is but it’s basically sea and river swimming that I do in the North Sea, which if you’re wondering is billy Baltic but great for the mind, body, and soul. I had seen people on social media doing it and that sparked my interest and then when I read up on the benefits of it physically and mentally, I knew I wanted to at least try it once. I’m not a hugely confident person so it was a personal challenge for me, I had put up mental barriers that stopped me from doing it, but I tried it once and I’ve never looked back I would recommend everyone to at least give it a try!