Process Manager, Wood Products Division, Ybbs (Wood Products)Read more
As a process manager, I work on projects as part of the Wood Products’ Operations Improvement team. I am a project manager in a supply chain management related project for the whole Wood Products division. The project team consists of senior professionals from different parts of the supply chain located virtually in different countries. On top of that, I am a team member in a project rethinking production planning, also throughout our division.
While studying at Aalto University, I found myself surrounded by great people who made new amazing things happen. We found ourselves on excursions to forest industry companies in Latin America, Russia and Central Europe, for example. We also ended up founding a startup, revolutionising the eCommerce for cosmetics with fellow students from a product development course. I do what I do with passion, and I am eager to learn. And I love sports. I used to compete in swimming when I was younger, but these days I get my kicks from (free) skiing. When at home, I am most probably reading a book - made from paper - or cooking something healthy and sometimes even tasty.
1. Why did you choose this industry?
I was raised next to one of both Finland’s and Stora Enso’s ground jewels, the Imatra Mills. After high school, I was not ready to choose what to study so I gained a little perspective by coaching a couple of Finnish-Chinese kids in Brussels, Belgium. After going far, I realised I wanted to save the world in my own way, solve problems and be creative in an international environment. I can achieve all of this with a career at Stora Enso. So, after that year, I found myself studying Wood Products Technology at Aalto University.
2. What have been the main challenges in your position?
I have learned German in school and I did my exchange studies in RWTH Aachen in Germany. Even with that background, language was a challenge in the beginning at the countryside in Austria where a strong dialect of German language is spoken. When I first started as a project manager, I thought the biggest challenge was to assimilate complex information about the project fast. However, I soon realised that the main challenge is to motivate the project team with full calendars to do their best with the project. At the same time, getting to know the team members and engaging in passionate discussions about our supply chain with them has been the most rewarding part of my work.
3. What have you mainly learned since joining the company?
We trainees have grown both professionally and personally immensely during this journey. One key learning is that that kind of pace is even possible! There are things you can learn on lectures and there are things - especially about leadership - that you can learn by giving and receiving feedback and reflecting. The latter are the ones that I have been able to use immediately in my daily work.
4. Why would you recommend to people to apply for GROW 2017?
The GROW programme has given me so much more than I have dared to imagine. For us, it all started with a thorough glimpse into the strategy of a €10bn company that has its production and markets throughout the globe. On top of strategy, the programme teaches finance, digitalisation, innovation and most importantly, leadership. You’ll get a chance to learn about these things at one of the most prestigious learning environments in the world, at IMD in Switzerland. Not to mention that learning also happens in the company of fellow trainees. It will be the ride of your life!