Interview with young professional Umut Ersoy

Why did you choose the master track Production Management?

D:\Werk\Website\students\umut_ersoy.jpgAfter 3 years of hardcore Bachelor Mechanical Engineering, I wanted to step a bit outside of the core technology and get more involved into business. With the master track Production Management, I found the optimal balance between technology and business. The master track looks at complete systems and there is a continuous search for optimization of processes. I preferred analyzing and optimizing complete systems over engineering parts of systems. That’s why I chose the track Production Management.

What did you like most about the track so far?

The combination of technology and business was the biggest attraction of the track for me. At the one hand, you are really connected to technology and implementing this for improvements. On the other hand, you still are very aligned with business objectives. You use technical tools to improve business objectives, for example by optimizing processes. The combination of technology and business appealed to me very much.

What are you currently doing?

I currently work as a (internal) Consultant Operational Solutions at AkzoNobel Engineering & Operational Solutions (EOS). AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel EOS is AkzoNobel’s center of excellence in the field of technology & engineering. We provide (technical) service to AkzoNobel factories worldwide. In my current job, I am working on projects to improve operational performance of AkzoNobel’s businesses.

Which aspects of Production Management are most present in your job?

In my current function, I analyze and improve business processes. Some parts of my job are mainly organizational; that’s when I look at organization setup and control and reporting systems for the organization. Some parts are more technical, for example Lean Six Sigma projects and developing optimization tools for facilitating decision making for production and supply in Sales & Operations Planning. For the technical parts, I use skills and tools I learned in the master track Production Management.

What do you like about your job?

What I like most is the variation in projects and locations. At one moment, you can work on improving Sales & Operations Planning in Sweden, while a few months later you are optimizing workflows for operations in a new production facility in China. Because I am working in different projects in different locations for a relative short time span, I have a steep learning curve and get to know the organization quite well in a short time. It is very satisfactory when projects are finished successfully and solutions are implemented that help business to improve its performance.

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