One Boeing: UK
A native of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, Thomas Baker-Schmidt is a Boeing Defence UK employee-part of
Defense, Space & Security-working for the UK Rotorcraft Support organization as a Warehouse and Distribution manager for Supply Chain and Asset
Management. He supports the Royal Air Force, managing warehouses and parts distribution for the RAF fleet of Chinook helicopters at Fleetlands in
the county of Hampshire. One of more than 70 Boeing employees who support the Chinook fleet, Baker-Schmidt oversees a team managing three
warehouses, scheduling work and making sure spares are there when needed.
He began his career as an apprentice mechanic working on helicopters for the UK Ministry of Defence's Aviation Repair Agency, or DARA, which
became part of Boeing supplier Vector Aerospace.
Later, he was a mechanic on the Grand Prix auto racing circuit, working on engines that power Formula One race cars up to 220 miles per hour (350
kilometers per hour). "I flew around the world with the team and stayed in lots of nice hotels," he said. Then he met Louise, now his wife, and traded in
his life on the road.
For several years, he worked as a planner for Vector, providing hands-on maintenance for the RAF Chinook fleet. When the Supply Chain job opened
at Boeing in 2007, he applied.
"Boeing is my first experience working for an international company," he said. "There's a lot of opportunity and I really like the mentality and work ethic.
Boeing employees take pride in the things they produce-whether for land, sea or air. We are very customer-oriented."
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