I started working at Hilti through a summer finance internship in 2015, and after the summer I continued to work part time as a Finance Trainee alongside my studies. In early 2016, I started working in the role of Credit & Collection Specialist and I was responsible for credit control and collection as well as developing associated processes. Alongside my role as C&C Specialist, I have worked on several projects in Finland, such as the implementation of the Lean concept in an office environment and sales, and as a Local Test Manager for the commissioning of the SAP system.
I’ve always wanted to work abroad and gain experience of working in an international environment. One of the main reasons I wanted to work at Hilti was because it’s an international organisation and offers worldwide career opportunities.
It was very easy to move abroad to work in Hilti because the company encourages an international career and helps you choose the correct career path for you. In December 2017, my manager mentioned the possibility of me moving to the finance department at our Northern Europe head office to learn about the department and the opportunities offered there. Consequently, I took up the role of Performance Controller in August 2018.
In my current position, I support business operations by preparing analyses and calculations, for instance, on the sales performance for our Northern Europe Region. I work in close cooperation with Hilti's internal stakeholder groups (sales, marketing, finance) and I participate in various global and local projects aimed at developing operations. Every day is different, but the best thing about my job is working with a variety of people.
Working in Manchester is not all that different from working at the office in Finland. The main difference is the size of the office and the international nature of it. Our Manchester office employs almost 10 times as many people and nationalities - In my own team of 10 people there are 8 different nationalities. One thing is for certain though, Finnish humour seems to go down just as well here as it does in Finland.
Now I’m very happy in my role as Performance Controller and I like living in Manchester, but in terms of future plans and opportunities, I’m keeping the door open. You never know where the future will take you and this is precisely what is best about Hilti!
Now from Finland to Ireland...