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Next up in our Meet the Metals Team series is Cameron Diack, Operations Manager. Today Cameron tell us the favourite part of his job and shares some advice on the future employment opportunities this exciting industry will offer.

How long have you worked at John Lawrie Metals?

4.5 years.

Have you always worked in the scrap metal industry? Or what other roles have you had before?

I started out working in shipping for an oilfield services company. I then went on to work for a global logistics company shipping absolutely anything and everything across the world. When I first joined John Lawrie Metals, I started in shipping too.

What does your job entail?

There is no typical day, to be honest! But essentially my role is centred on managing how we operate the yards based on what material is coming in from where and when, as well how and when it leaves our yards. There is a lot of communicating, organising and coordinating with both our internal team and our external suppliers and contractors. I basically make sure everyone, and everything is where they need to be, when they need to be.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

C.D: That no two days are ever the same, there is nothing mundane about this job!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

C.D: The best and the most challenging part is coordinating people – some days everything flows, and we have a good laugh but others it can be quite a challenge.

What are your biggest achievement as part of your job?

C.D: Evolving my career over the last 4 years with John Lawrie Metals to get to where I am today.

What advice do you have for those who aspire to work in the industry?

Don’t be put off by the reputation of the waste industry – it’s fast becoming one of the most important industries in society and it will continue to do so over the coming decades. As a society and population, we will always have waste, so the opportunities for the future are vast.

Where are you from?

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

Where did you go to school?

C.D: Aboyne Academy.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working? Any talents or hobbies?

Golf, I play off a 2 handicap

Any pets?

C.D: No

What's your favourite sport?


Coffee or tea?

C.D: Neither.

Which 3 guests for a dinner party, dead or alive?

Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Barack Obama.