Greg Smith

Senior Engineering Manager

Management by friendship and trust is how Greg Smith leads his team to success. At HID Global in Cardiff, Wales, Greg leads a hardware engineering team, with engineers ranging from graduate to principal level.

“I’m lucky to have such a great team. We are friends first and colleagues second. It enables us to be effective as a team, but also to come together during stressful times. That kind of environment lends itself to collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

I try to keep the guys enthused because a happy team is a more efficient team. Happy people work better – it’s as simple as that.

ASSA ABLOY promotes a solid work-life balance. If you are happy outside your work and have time to spend with your family, and do the things you like, typically you are happy in your work.

We’re a center of excellence for HID. We have a variety of products that are being developed in parallel.

To be a good leader, you have to appreciate that the people working for you are highly professional, intelligent people, each with their own area of expertise. It’s my job as a manager to take advantage of that knowledge, empower the staff and know where the skills reside in the group, and then allocate them to get the best output.

The great thing with HID is that if any of us has a good idea, it gets passed up the chain quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are a graduate or the CTO, you are only a few steps away from being listened to at board level and having someone remembering you and your idea. You can really make a difference here.”