The Spinneys Family Series: Siyak Siyali, Category Manager

For Siyak, it’s the happy atmosphere and working environment that makes Spinneys such a great company to work for

I’ve been working for Spinneys for 12 eventful years managing several categories, including cheese, deli and grocery. I’m currently a category manager for private label, morning goods and frozen products.

I knew working here would be both a learning experience and challenging. The range, display and standards always impressed me, as did the professionalism of the staff.

Every day is a learning experience. There’s a lot of excitement when it comes to buying for those who live in the UAE – our customers have high standards of living and are motivated to lead healthy lifestyles. They’re well ahead of global trends and are culturally diverse. My enjoyment also comes from the freedom management has to try new things, and the faith they have in doing so, as well as the endless support from the team.

Spinneys provides a great working environment and makes employees feel like part of the family. It’s been wonderful working here and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I think it comes from the top – management makes sure a very positive atmosphere is created and sustained.

If I had to choose one Spinneys product to eat for the rest of my life, it would have to be Mont d’Or cheese – you don’t get much better than baked Mont d’Or studded with garlic and thyme and a freshly baked baguette for dipping.