Sean Fray: From local intern to global manager
WITH gratitude for more than two decades of growth, challenges, and unwavering determination, Sean Fray is a testament to the transformative power of seizing every opportunity. His journey from a bright-eyed and determined intern to the engineering, planning and stores lead at Red Stripe reflects the belief that one can shape a remarkable legacy and inspire others to reach for greatness with passion, perseverance, and a global perspective.
As Fray embarks on the next chapter, preparing to shoulder greater responsibilities overseas with Heineken, he pays tribute to a rewarding journey marked by consistent personal and professional growth.
“Diving into my diploma programme at the University or Technology (UTech), I immersed myself in the foundational elements of production â€” both in theory and practice. This revelation highlighted the dynamic nature of engineering, a competitive industry demanding proactive efforts to stand out. The path is challenging but the possibilities are limitless,” he said.
Recognising the importance of performing at world-class standards locally to have a global impact, Fray completed his Bachelor of Engineering in July 2010, a pivotal step that fuelled his upward trajectory on the corporate ladder.
“Knowledge is essential in our field, and expertly applying that knowledge will open doors for you. As an engineer, your role directly correlates with company growth. For instance, as an engineering planner I ensured proper care and maintenance of equipment so they were functional and optimal. Top-notch equipment ensures effective production within the decided timeline, and targeted production volumes are achieved. Having acknowledged the great importance of my role, I took my job very seriously, applying all I was learning in the academic space and ensuring I was adding value to my team.”
Fray’s journey unfolded through multiple roles, including brewing and utilities engineering planner, site engineering planner, packaging maintenance planner, and business process owner. His unwavering dedication impressed managers and colleagues alike as he met the demands of each role with focus, consistency, and continuous growth.
“As I look back on the factors that have brought me this far I am thankful that I continued to invest in my personal growth, seeking numerous certifications in other lead companies and institutions. This helped me to perform at my highest standard and helped me to achieve company awards. You should never limit yourself, especially not in our industry. Learn more, do more,” he said.
Due to his unyielding mission to make the best of every opportunity, Red Stripe Engineering Planning and Stores lead Sean Fray always remembered his ultimate goal of making an impact locally and globally. Twenty-one years later, after much investment, he is now saying goodbye to the local brewery as he heads to Poland for a new position as shared support spare parts manager for Heineken, overseeing 18 breweries across six countries.
“I am truly humbled to see how far I’ve come, and as I take on even greater responsibilities I am prepared to position myself to achieve even more. I will put my best foot forward and perhaps return to Red Stripe later on as a consultant. My ultimate goal is to be an expert consultant in the field and the owner of my own company. It has been a wholesome journey at the 214 plant, and I am thankful to every single one of my colleagues and managers who have positively impacted my time there. I might not have said it enough, but they helped to prepare me for what’s in store,” he said.