Supply Chain Management: Philip

by Outokumpu May 3rd, 2012


Country of origin:

Current position:
Senior Vice President - Operational Excellence

Current Office:
Sheffield, UK

What do you do?
I am currently the Head of Operational Excellence and temporarily the Chief Safety Officer.

Why did you join Outokumpu?
I joined Outokumpu and one of its predecessors because of the opportunities to gain experience at an early age and to have the opportunity to develop my career. The company is big enough to provide a wide range of opportunities yet small enough to understand and get involved with the different operations.

What is it like to work at Outokumpu?
It’s a cliché that no 2 days are ever the same but the last 3 to 4 years have been challenging and interesting. I am really proud to make stainless steel and in my career I have run operations that have made products that have been used in a variety of applications.

What do you enjoy the most in your job?
In the past number of years, I have been doing a corporate role that allows me to visit nearly all of the sites in the Group. It has been excellent to meet such a large number of colleagues in this business who are very knowledgeable about producing and selling steel.

What kind of development opportunities does Outokumpu offer you?
I started work in the IT area in analysis and development and then had the opportunity to experience a wide range of IT systems and also to run projects at a very early point in my career. I was given a lot of freedom but also knew that I could turn for help if needed. I then moved in to Human Resource Management within one of the Business Units. I also starting to study for an MBA in the UK. My next steps were into Production and then into General Management, running my own unit (a Melting Shop). Actually you soon realize that even as the boss you are not the most important person or persons in the unit. This title goes to the operators who make the steel have the knowledge and expertise to make the consistent products. After a couple of Corporate roles, I then became the Head of Operational Excellence for the Group and finally I am using my previous experience to help me to progress the Safety and Quality developments in the Group.

Anything else you would like to tell a possible future colleague about working at Outokumpu?
We need people who have drive and who can deliver in their chosen field. Over time you will become involved with a variety of activities that will broaden you and this experience will help you in your future career. It is not always possible or realistic to map out a career in advance however I managed to meet my progression ambitions even though the route was one that I could never have imagined.  If you enjoy hard work and are willing to engage in new activities then I look forward to working with you in Outokumpu.

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