Ian Nairn

Trelleborg Career Nairn

Ian Nairn,
Sales Support Engineer for Trelleborg’s offshore operation, UK

Ian Nairn, Sales Support Engineer for Trelleborg’s offshore operation, UK, bucked the trend to get where he is today. Having served his apprenticeship as a car sprayer he got a job on the shop floor at Trelleborg’s offshore operation in the  U.K., spraying deep sea remote-operated vehicles. At 23 he was one of the youngest in the finishing department. Several years later he became supervisor, but his desire to spend more time with his family meant that shift work no longer suited his lifestyle.

“The management here offered me a three-month secondment in the office as a proposals manager. It was a tremendous opportunity, as I don’t have a degree or A Levels and I had never worked in an office. At the time I didn’t even know how to operate a computer. 

“However, I was given extensive training and this allowed me to demonstrate how I could use my production knowledge in this new environment. That was a few years ago and I’ve never looked back. Trelleborg is a place of opportunities, if you’re willing to take them. Accepting that challenge changed my life … now I travel to work each morning with a smile on my face!”