One example of how you take safety into account in your everyday life:
I would rather lose a sale than put someone at risk. Last week, for example, we had a customer who was making his very first purchase at SSAB. He went to load his truck at our facility without the proper safety devices for the driver and to secure the sheets onto the trailer. Despite him having his own truck and being his own driver, we haven’t allowed him to load, even though we run the risk of losing him as a customer. A piece of steel that can fall off of a trailer in the middle of the road can cause an accident and we don’t want this to happen to anyone. I hope he has understood our safety message....
What challenges you in this job?
The main challenge, as stated above, is the constant change of environment. The need to quickly adapt is the main challenge when dealing with selling SSAB’s sophisticated products.
How do you work with customers?
By being very close to them. Talking and understanding their needs, views, difficulties and ambitions. I always try to adapt our distinctive products to their needs to ensure both companies can enjoy achievements.
SSAB is a global company, how is this reflected in your role?
This is one of the main assets a company can have in terms of knowledge and culture. Often, a solution, new trend, an approach, or a new possibility can be found in another country or culture. If you constantly look at what is going on in other parts of the globe, you will have a different perspective of what is happening – or could happen – near you. In the case of SSAB, this impressive global interchange of knowledge, culture and experience is easily accessible to each and every employee and is, in my view, what makes us different.
What is your major contribution to the success of SSAB?
Passing on the experience and knowledge I have received from others and from our life experience.
After the workday, what do you like to do?
Priority number one: to see my daughters, despite them normally being asleep when I arrive home, and my wife. After that, whenever as possible, a little exercise by riding my bike.
Steel is everywhere -Name your favorite (most used) steel product.
What advice would you give to a potential future colleague?
Learn as much as possible, be open to new ideas and concepts, accept someone else’s view or way of doing things. And never forget to be patient: everything we create in our life takes time... learning takes time... living takes time.
Who would you like to send regards to?:
To all my family: daughters, wife, parents and brothers. They are and were my equilibrium, my north and the people who have made everything I have achieved in life possible.