The 5% Club Case Study: Catherine Bateson

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an observance of the world’s first computer programmer and a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This international day of recognition is intended to help raise awareness of the achievements of women in STEM. In light of that, meet Catherine Bateson, a current graduate from The 5% Club partner EADS…


Division: EADS Astrium

Location: Stevenage

I joined Astrium in Sept 2012 as a Graduate Production Scheduler after completing an undergraduate masters course in Mathematics at the University of Bath. Here I am part of the AIT Scheduling team, working with the schedules for our various satellites, analysing how work is progressing and managing resources through the various manufacturing departments.

As well as analysing the current status of departments, we plan for future requirements, based on predicted future projects. I find it very interesting collating information about the status of components from colleagues across departments, in addition to working with the schedules themselves. Following the logic of a build sequence can often get quite complex and being able to rearrange a procedure or find a key inconsistency can be challenging but immensely fulfilling.

AIT, and Astrium as a whole, are dynamic and inspiring places to work, especially as a graduate, because of the fast pace of the work and you never what challenges you will face next. It is also very rewarding to know you are able to make a valuable contribution to the team.