A Quick introduction from yourself: 
“My name is James Long and I am the General Manager of Eurotex International Limited, a subsidiary of Tex Holdings PLC.”

Rundown of your career history:
“After leaving school, my career started as an apprentice toolmaker at Manganese Bronze in Ipswich. By the time I was 25, I took on a directorship at a small engineering company in which I stayed for 17 years. After much deliberation, I decided to move on from this role to seek a new challenge in engineering. This led me to my current role at Eurotex in May 2019.”

What is the best part of your job?
“I have always appreciated a company that promotes freedom and innovation, especially within the engineering industry. Due to the consistent support from Tex Holdings, I have been able to implement many operational improvements and developments.”

“Engineering is a fast-paced and innovative industry which is always evolving. If you are looking to get into the industry, you will need pace, vision, and a passion for change, in return you get to shape the future.”

What is the most challenging part of your job?
“The variety and flexibility of the industry are reflected in my position, which at times, can be challenging. Though it may be challenging, it is also the most rewarding and exciting part of my role, I wouldn’t change it.”

What has been the most stand out memory since starting here?
“The G&M TEX golf day was a standout memory, being new to the company you don’t want to play too well, I got off to an unbelievable start, luckily the back nine wasn’t as good, which saved the cries of ‘bandit’”

What has been the biggest change you have seen in the company?
“Within the in the 18 months that I have been a part of the Eurotex team, I have seen a major shift in the PLC dynamic. This strategy is encompassing the next generation of the group which is an exciting thing to be a part of.”

What do you fill your spare time with?
“Football is a major part of my personal life. I have a FA level 2 coaching badge and currently coach a senior football team; I also spend a lot of time driving my son across the country as he plays for the Ipswich Town Academy. I have daughters who play football and trampoline, so weekends are packed with sport, occasionally I also bump into my wife when our taxi’s pass.”

What would people at work be surprised to find out about you? 
“Confidence is not natural; I work at it!”

What motto or habit do you live by? 
“A motto I use a lot, especially when coaching football is ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’.”

Words of advice for the younger generation looking to get into engineering? 
“Firstly, as with any job, hard work is the key. Engineering is a fast-paced and innovative industry which is always evolving. If you are looking to get into the industry, you will need pace, vision, and a passion for change, in return you get to shape the future.”