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Meet Heather Richardson

Senior Buyer

I am a Senior Buyer for SMD.  I manage the electrical commodity within the business and work within a team of 6 people.  I have been with the business since May 2022.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Days a focal point on women’s rights. Its supports recognising the achievements of women not just in the workplace but in all areas. It highlights and champions the rights of women everywhere.

How does SMD nurture female talent?

From my short time at SMD, I have seen that SMD as an organisation understands the needs and supports women in the workplace, not only on a personal level, but also in their professional advancement.

How have you found SMD’s support in your role?

Hybrid working
Developing supplier relationships

What is your experience like of working in a traditionally male-dominated industry?

Previous workplace experience was very male dominated, and I felt very intimated at certain times. SMD has a different culture altogether and a more pleasant place to work

Do you have any advice for women aspiring to work in subsea robotics/engineering?

My advice would be to give it a go….. it is not what it seems, and my moto in life is jump in head first. What scares you is more than likely the thing which will make you!

What are 3 words you’d use to describe SMD?


SMD has a different culture altogether and a more pleasant place to work

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