|FACTS ABOUT DAVID|
|Started in Wärtsilä:||In 1996 as a Deputy General Manager of Wärtsilä’s first joint venture in China|
|Position now:||Project Manager|
|Country of Residence:||China|
|Education:||MBA, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering|
What is your typical day like?
“On a normal day, I will first contact our Chinese partner and local authorities to check the updated status of the project. If something is not on track, we will organize the meeting with local officials to find the reason and report related issues to the line manager. Then we will contact all related parties to make sure each one of them understands the tasks and will work together in order to reach the target.”
How did you start working for Wärtsilä?
“I came to Wärtsilä because I wanted a better position with more responsibility. Before starting here I had worked as a department manager in a small state owned company and thought that the position of the deputy general manager of Wärtsilä’s first joint venture in China was a very attractive and suitable job for me.”
How has your job evolved over the years?
“Since then, during my years here I have worked in several positions and further deepened my knowledge of the effective management of joint ventures. I now understand that joint ventures are very much about mutual understanding. Establishing a good relationship between the Chinese partners, local government and Wärtsilä is the best approach. I’ve also learned much about solving operational problems and working under pressure. All of this will benefit me in the future in setting up new joint ventures. Currently I’m a project manager in another Wärtsilä joint venture. I am trying to coordinate the relations and to finish related application formalities on time. I would describe my work as building a bridge between Wärtsilä and Chinese partners.”
How do you feel about Wärtsilä and possibilities for further career improvement?
“Having worked at Wärtsilä for 15 years I feel I understand the general Chinese marine market and have good connections in this field. I’m familiar with the regulation in the ship building industry in China. Wärtsilä offers me a stable working environment to develop both of these strengths further. In my view, Wärtsilä has long history of business with China and it is very competitive in the Chinese market. For someone interested in being in the power plant and marine industries it offers an excellent stage to play in.”
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