Tomas SandinOperational Support / LEAN Coordinator – Production site Gävle
How would you describe yourself?
I am a very curious guy who finds it very difficult to sit still when there are improvements to be made. I’m usually very positive and I like different people in general.
What led you to work in the energy storage industry?
I have always had an interest in computers and videos games. I was always seeking out the latest console, so I have actually had all the PlayStation releases. I like to visit the exhibitions where they display new technology. Since I have always been curious about new technology, working with the energy solutions of the future felt just right for me.
How did your journey with Nilar begin?
I was recruited by my former production manager from a previous job. I started as a test technician at Nilar in 2012, and, since that day, I have had the opportunity to work in multiple roles around the company: Technician, Assembler, Forklift driver, Material Coordinator, Team Leader, Flow Manager, and now, Operational Support / LEAN Coordinator. This is a brand-new position, but it felt like a natural transition from my previous work. It seems I have always been using LEAN methodologies and have taken courses on lean improvement.
What is the most common misconception about your role?
There tends to be very ambiguous understanding of the word LEAN. It is assumed that the LEAN Coordinator is a person who goes around “Doing 5S” from time to time but also involves yelling at people who don’t clean up their mess. I do believe in the continuous improvement that committing to the 5S system provides.
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
Right now, we are starting a new journey with the production staff. We are working together to develop the smartest working methods. Learning from past mistakes made and our acquired experience, we will now build a world-class organization!
What motivates you?
I am motivated by learning new skills, every day, regardless of whether it’s at work or in my everyday life at home.
Early mistakes that you learnt from in your career?
I have learned that everything will get better in the end. If it’s not better yet, it’s not the end!
Your favorite movie/television show/book/genre?
I like Sci-fi films and series, especially the ones with time-travel. I love the Back to the Future movies. They never get old.
A secret talent?
I’ve got all of talents… but a secret one? When I was younger, I was often told I have a big mouth. I stumbled upon one interesting ability. I can close my lips around a Pringles tube. Well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore!
What’s the best thing about working at Nilar?
It’s a company who always have taken good care of me as an individual. Nilar has always opened doors for me and has let me work with the best colleagues I can ever imagine. I am very proud to work at Nilar!