Brent Hoggan

Position: Cost Engineer
Started: Originally starting working for Main and Potterton in UK in August 1988

I began working for the Group as an Apprentice Technician, while the business sponsored my part-time higher education studies. I received specific training for my job, for example, CAD software, ergonomics and project management training, as well as a lot of encouragement and motivation to do well, in everything that I did. 

My first position was a Product Design Engineer and I worked in the design department in the UK, until 2007, when I had the opportunity to work in the R&D department in Baxi SpA in Italy. 

There is a lot to consider when moving to work abroad, and the HR department was very supportive, from the financial side to finding an apartment and language courses. And I have also had the opportunity to keep abreast of all the latest developments in the industry, going on training courses and visiting shows and exhibitions. 

In 2015 I left Italy and took a new position as a cost engineer, based at the BDR Thermea Group headquarters in Apeldoorn, Holland. I’m part of the lean development team and my current role involves working closely with my colleagues on various projects and I have many opportunities to travel to other BDR Thermea R&D sites in Europe. 

"My job is very interesting and diverse. I never do the same thing from one day to the next."

I particularly enjoy working on new projects and solving problems and I am provided with very good equipment, software and training to help me with my work. I have some freedom to manage my own time and I have a good interaction with all of my colleagues. 

The projects that we work on are interesting and challenging. The European R&D departments are working together more and more on joint projects. This introduces new challenges and opportunities.