Continuous Improvement Manager, Packaging Solutions, Imatra (Consumer Board)Read more
As a CI manager, I work by developing our corrugated operations efficiency and quality with Lean and Six Sigma methods.
I grew up in Lahti, southern Finland and moved to my current residence in Helsinki for my studies. During my technology and business related university courses and teekkari-style student organisation volunteering, I got excited about the complexity of technological development and organisational leadership. A balancing element in my life is sports, since I play golf, tennis, badminton and various team sports on a daily basis.
1. Why did you choose this industry?
Before university, I worked a couple of summers in the Finnish forest industry at a corrugating plant and a plywood mill as an operator. Equipped with this background, I kept thinking throughout the theoretical education on lean, operations management and digital technologies, and how I could apply these in real life. I was also interested in international work, so I started to look for entry level positions in global companies. Stora Enso's transformation agenda and global trainee programme then got my interest straight away!
2. What have been the main challenges in your position?
Applying theory into practice is exciting but very challenging. What looks good in presentations and spreadsheets might fail completely due to practical constraints at the factory floor, not to even mention natural resistance of change for human beings. On the other hand, sometimes it is hard to take a broad enough perspective and challenge existing constraints in the first place. Optimising the specific approach to development areas requires enormous amount of discussions, workshops and also silent brainstorming.
3. What have you mainly learned since joining the company?
On a personal level, I've learned that what you think inside is not what other people see, but that what you say and do is what really matters. To lead, honest communication and feedback, being present and actually doing what was agreed is essential. On an organisational level, the power of people's attitude is a key learning point for me. If people in all levels of the organisation are given enough responsibility and freedom to choose their working methods, things really seem to fly! Simple things in theory, so hard in practice.
4. Why would you recommend to people to apply for GROW 2017?
As the name of the programme goes, this is a great opportunity to GROW yourself and our renewable business! What you get is an interesting and permanent job position seasoned with huge investment in yourself in the form of training and project work. While learning to be an expert in the specific task you are assigned, you also get exposed to various other career options inside the Stora Enso group.