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Ulises

Operations Manager

Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?

In 1996 Orange County Container (now Smurfit Kappa Orange County) was installing its very first corrugator in Tijuana. I was 19 years old and was invited to participate in the recruiting process and after going through various tests and interviews I was hired to become the 1st corrugator scheduler in the history of the company.  

What I am currently working on

I continue to work as the Operations Manager for the Tijuana Box Plant developing innovative initiatives to improve our manufacturing performance. Now with the change to Smurfit Kappa I’ve received the opportunity to play an active role in the group’s integration process, lead multi-plant projects and have the privilege of working closely with great colleague professionals from different countries within Smurfit Kappa.  

What has been the most rewarding experience at Smurfit Kappa?

I can think of many things over the years but the most recent rewarding experience was that I had the honour of representing SKOC during the Open Podium segment of our Smurfit Kappa Las Americas Technical Conference held in Mexico in February, 2013. During the presentation I shared the details of a very successful improvement project held in Tijuana called “The Record Breakers” receiving encouraging comments not only from the SKOC senior management team but also from many of our great colleagues from Latin America and our Operational Excellence team from Europe.

What does one working week look like?

A regular week is a combination of 3 things:

  • Managing the daily flow of operations (evaluate the results of our key indicators against their targets, analyse projected results, evaluate our current capacity and upcoming workflow, make sure all orders are flowing through the floor and that we are meeting customer deliveries, etc.) in addition to working on developing management tools improvement initiatives for the plant.
  • Taking care of the daily, weekly and monthly scheduled activities (i.e. Daily morning SKOC Conference Call, weekly performance review meetings with different areas, training sessions, management meetings, special project follow-up sessions, etc.).
  • Taking care of the random situations that occur (i.e. hosting special visits, solving unexpected issues in the plant or with a product, visiting customers or other plants, etc.). 

What does the future hold?

The future looks absolutely promising! As Orange County Container we achieved many great things over the years but now as part of Smurfit Kappa we are starting over at a whole new level with a tremendous amount of resources, tools, financial support, knowledge and expertise to support a very talented and passionate group of professionals committed to greatly contribute to Smurfit Kappa’s continuous success.

What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa? 

If you like professional challenges and are looking for a world class organization where you can have an opportunity to grow and work on things that you like; If your passionate about your work and enjoy working with committed professionals like you; if you refuse status quo and are always looking for more opportunities; if you are talented and enjoy transforming ideas into success stories; if you are looking for a safe environment and continuous growth…. than I suggest you join us and become part of this wonderful organization that we proudly call Smurfit Kappa.

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