Supporting gender diversity in fluid power

Fluid power is traditionally a male dominated industry, across all levels, from warehousing, to engineering and to management.

Within our Group, we are proud ambassadors of a ‘promote on merit’ philosophy and have policies in place to support gender diversity, particularly in under-represented roles such as senior management and engineering.

We understand the value of a balanced team and how differing skill-sets and leadership approaches enhance business performance.

Regardless of gender, we openly encourage and support employees, with career progression, through training, mentoring and flexible working options. We aim for a fair gender representation in all roles across the business and this, we feel will ensure we retain top female talent and elevate employee satisfaction.

First female operational board member

In October 2018, Tamara Reiners was promoted to Profit Centre Manager and at the same time appointed as the first female on the Operational Board. 

Tamara has been with Flowtechnology Benelux for 8 years and in that time has seen it transition from a family business to a structured and internationally focus organisation with European ambitions. She’s passionate about delivering the best possible services and solutions to customers and keen to strengthen the company’s position within the European market.

Since Tamara’s appointment she has made multiple changes within the company’s internal structure, enabling the team to take main business elements like the catalogue and web shop to the next level. 

“Our processes and business activities form a solid base for our company. Over the next year we will optimise these even further with the goal to expand our services from the Benelux to the larger European market”, Tamara Reiners.

New mums climb the corporate ladder

Since returning to work following maternity leave, new mums Claire Smith and Chloe Simpson have been fully supported with their career progression aspirations.

Claire, previously a full-time marketing executive for Flowtechnology UK (FTUK), returned following maternity leave on five days per week on reduced hours, and now heads up the eCommerce team. Having been with FTUK for over 16 years, in that time Claire developed an intimate knowledge of the business, systems and customers. Following a restructure of the marketing team in early 2017, she was able to take on a new challenge and develop a passion for eCommerce.

Chloe, Marketing Manager for Indequip has been with the business for eight year and took a six-month break following the birth of her son Klay. She returned in October 2017 and has since started a Diploma in Digital Marketing, supported by her Company. There are many opportunities for Indequip and indeed all profit centres within the Group to elevate their online presence and engagement with customers, which Chloe is fully embracing with vigour.