How would you describe yourself?
I generally am a person that likes to have a lot going on. This can sometimes be stressful, but I like to keep busy and see it more as an enjoyable challenge. I like to be part of developing new ways to work to ensure that me and my team meet our set goals.
What led you to work in the energy storage industry?
I had spent more than 30 years in other industries. For a while, I was feeling frustrated at my last job, and I really wanted to branch out into production planning. Then I saw this advertisement for a new job at Nilar. They were seeking for production planner/buyer. The job description attracted me, and I saw it as a new challenge that I really wanted. Another thing that drew me to Nilar was that they provide a very interesting product.
How did your journey with Nilar begin?
When I came to Nilar, I started with a broad role in logistics. At first, I mostly worked with purchasing and experienced all kinds of other things that had to be implemented. I was paired with a veteran employee that was going to train me over a couple years. However, when he retired soon after, I was more or less alone in logistics. My area of responsibility grew considerably, and it took a while to establish myself comfortably as a resource. When the company went through a recent reorganization, I was given a new role as Inventory Coordinator. I am in a central position to make a difference. We have the time in this moment of transition to make sure that everything is running better. It should be an exciting year and we will be ready to roll out stronger and more efficient than before.
What is the most common misconception about your role?
I think it can be that I have the answers for any question, even if it’s not my area of responsibility. When my former mentor had retired, I had to adapt to his absence and learn a lot fast. Although it took time, I feel I have become a valuable resource, but I cannot know everything.
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
At the moment, it must be my work to set up the business system (Monitor) so we are prepared for the coming challenges. We are improving our level of documentation and instruction manuals to help employees better embrace the software. I have been working on the roll-out of a new version that will completely enhance how we work. We will be more effective in lean manufacturing. We will be adapting production for most efficient flow. This work has allowed me to collaborate directly with production to build Monitor to be something good for all of us. It is interesting work and I look forward to what the future may hold.
What is your favorite thing to do?
I like to play disc golf. I am able to play a few times every week. There is a local league, but I tend to play with friends every weekend. It is my kind of way to relax, where I can just generally take it easy when I am out of work. Living without a schedule is my favorite thing to do.
A secret talent?
I don’t feel I have any specific talent. I mean I play disc golf, but I don’t feel I am really good at it; I would classify myself as a “medium” player, having fun and doing well enough to keep the game going. If I were to develop a new talent, I would like to learn more about painting. I like to paint but I feel I am not good at it. I would like to find the time to learn and practice that. That is maybe a future goal to pursue.
What’s the best thing about working at Nilar?
I would say it is my colleagues. I’m lucky to have the best colleagues in the world. Everyone is happy, positive, and driven. Before Nilar, I worked at a company that was more established in its product line, providing a well-defined commodity. It was already well established in its industry, so a lot of the work felt like going through the motions. It was a different attitude coming here. I felt a huge difference in my first year. It was a new building atmosphere. We were all doing the best, creating new products, collaborating out on the floor. Nilar was very diverse. It was such a mix of old and young, new and experienced – everyone working together to meet the goals. I appreciated how accepting it was for different cultures when I entered.
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