Work History

Work History
Apr 2005 - Present

Recruitment Manager

Stora Enso Oyj

The HR department at Imatra Mills was reorganised in early 2005 and several new positions, including that of Recruitment Manager, were established.  I was chosen to this position, where the major responsibilities are: 

 

  • Developing a standardised recruitment / resourcing process for Imatra Site
  • Co-ordination of our recruitment advertising at our corporate internet site and other media
  • Interviewing candidates for managerial and professional positions together with the hiring line manager; support in final selection decisions
  • Arranging and implementing recruitment skills related training for line managers (already since 2001)
  • Co-ordination of co-operation with our suppliers in the recruitment service consultancy & assessment business
  • Membership in Stora Enso’s Finnish University Co-operation Coordination Team; responsibility for cooperation with Lappeenranta and Tampere Universities of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
  • Co-ordination of co-operation with other schools in South Karelia
  • Presentations for university students and teaching faculty on their site visits to Stora Enso
  • Part-time visiting web instructor in Saimaa University of Applied Sciences' elective course on Job Application and the Selection Process. 
  • Member of the Management Team of the “Forest Industry Line” (Lukion metsäteollisuuslinja, METELI) project jointly arranged by the forest industry companies of the region, eight secondary schools and Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Participation in the renewal project of Stora Enso’s corporate recruitment database (2007 - 2009). 
Oct 1996 - Mar 2005

HRD Manager

Stora Enso, Imatra Mills

Imatra Mills is Stora Enso’s largest site, with an annual turnover of 838 million EUR in 2009 and about 1,200 permanent employees. From 1998 to 2005 the Mills employed two HRD Managers. My main responsibilities as one of them were:  

 

  • Site-level HRD services and issues (policies, site-level training services)
  • HRD support for Mill services, Fine Paper and Pulp Mill (about 50 % of employees at the site)
  • Management of Imatra Mill Services’ Development and Quality Team
  • Co-operation with external training service providers
  • Membership in Stora Enso’s HRD Expert Group for Finland
  • Membership in Stora Enso’s Consumer Board Business Area´s international HR Expert Forum
  • Co-operation and negotiations with union representatives on site-level HRD and training issues
  • Co-ordination of internal climate surveys
  • Participation in several corporate HR projects in Stora Enso
  • Participation in joint Finnish HR projects with other organizations
Jun 1992 - Sep 1996

Head Instructor

Pelastusopisto (Emergency Services College)

The ESC is the national college for the emergency professions in Finland. My main responsibilities were:

  • Head of the “General Subjects” department of the College.
  • Member of the College’s management team.
  • Instructional responsibility in leadership & management, didactics, rescuing information and PR.
  • Responsibility for external communication, marketing, co-ordinating further training courses (1993-1995), development of the quality of the instruction system of the College.
  • In addition, management responsibility of the Instruction department of the College (1992-1994) with about 35 instructors.
Apr 1984 - May 1992

HRD Manager

Hewlett Packard

Responsibility for training and development services of HP in Finland and in cooperation with colleagues even for selected training services elsewhere in Europe

  • Trainer/facilitator  in several areas, such as management and leadership, training/instructing skills, quality, orientation, communication, team building.
  • Designer and implementer of HP’s international management development events at European level.
  • Facilitator (in English) of over 20 “Process of Management” and “Experienced Managers’ Programme”  workshops with an international group of participants run in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and occasionally elsewhere: Netherlands, the UK and Greece, between 1987 and 1992.
  • Other responsibilities in human resources management, e.g. employee surveys, human resources planning. A major one-time project was the localisation and implementation of a quality training workshop for HP Finland (1992), including localisation of extensive training materials.
Jun 1982 - Apr 1984

Training Manager

Association of Finnish Cities, City Institute

Main responsibilities: short in-service training courses in the areas of general administration, IT administration, rationalisation, schools and culture, human resources administration.

Mar 1981 - May 1982

Communications Officer

Ministry of Education, Finland

Reporting to the Secretary-General of the Ministry I was responsible for external and internal communication and press relations of the Ministry. (Currently this position is titled “Director of Communications and Public Relations”.)

Jun 1975 - Mar 1981

Communications Officer

University of Helsinki

Main responsibilities: creating and distributing research information to the news media and writing articles in the university's internal magazine YLIOPISTO.

Jan 1972 - May 1975

Higher Education Editor

Ylioppilaslehti ("Student News")

In the 1970s, Ylioppilaslehti (“Student News”) was published weekly by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY). 

Education

Education
Jun 2006 - Sep 2007

Certificate of Competence Based Assessment

Finnish Psychological Association

The Training programme for Person Assessment (5 workshops, literature essays, case analyses) was arranged by a group of Consultant Psychologists from June 2006  to May 2007.  The purpose of this programme was to prepare participants for the Certificate.

The Certificate for Competence-based Person Assessment was given by theFinnish Psychologists’ Association after a one-day written final exam in September 2007.

Oct 1997 - Oct 2003

M.B.A.

Henley Management College (U.K.)

Henley was an excellent school with an M.B.A. curriculum in various management subjects and fairly demanding level of coursework. My dissertation was written on The Relationship of Leader Personality with Preferred Organisational Culture and with the Implementation of Corporate Values – A Case Study in Stora Enso (95 pp.) It was graded A- (second highest grade) by Henley.

Jan 1991 - May 1992

Management Learning Institute

University of Jyväskylä

”Management Learning Institute” wasan English-language further education programme for management development experts, University of Jyväskylä, Further Education Centre, January 1991- May 1992

Nov 1988 - May 1989

Training Programme in Internal Consulting

The Finnish Association of Training Managers

The Association of Training Managers arranged this programme of several modules, which were facilitated by more experienced training managers and consultants. 

Jul 1977 - Jan 1978

Military Communications Officer

The Finnish Armed Forces

Six of my eleven months of obligatory military education and training were spent as a "special curriculum" preparing for the role of a Communication Officer of the Finnish military forces. It was arranged by the Communications Department of Finnish Army Headquarters in Helsinki but contained many periods in the field - as a journalist, a reporter and a Communications Officer in different military situations. I was promoted to Lieutenant in the Reserves in June 2002.  

Sep 1969 - Feb 1977

M.A., Education

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Having started full-time employment already in 1972, I was a part-time student for five years. Graduate studies were completed in education and training management. Master’s thesis (in Finnish):”Objectives of the Foreign Practice Period of Language Major Students at Finnish Universities - Views of Experts” (73 + 10 pp., 1976)

Skills

Skills

Computer end-user skills

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, MS Project, Visio, SAP HR, etc.

Presentation skills (written and oral)

Considerable experience in communications, public relations, instruction and making presentations.

Swedish

Swedish tends to be the language which is used passively and would need refreshing - it's easy to read and to listen but a bit more challenging to speak and write. 

German

My German skills are based on the school years - studied German as the first foreign language for seven years, and an additional three at the University up to "cum laude" level, but to get the language to an active mode I need some refresher practice. 

English

Having lived one year in the United States, I studied English at the University of Helsinki up to "cum laude" level and later led workshops for HP managers and supervisors at international level using English as the language of instruction. 

Summary

An HR professional with broad experience in major companies of the paper industry, the ICT sector and even the public sector - with hands-on experience of international management development courses, university relations and manager & expert recruitment.

Interest

  • Widening own horizons in business understanding. 
  • Online marketing and selling.
  • Participation in and development of industry – university co-operation. 
  • Professional literature, especially related to business strategy, development and psychology of work & management.  I have collected a notable personal library (mostly books in English) on these topics.
  • Genealogical research related to my children’s ancestors.
  • Rotary activity. Member of Rotary Club Imatra since 1997. Club secretary in 2004-2005.
  • Bicycling (not in winter).
  • Popular music of especially the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Cultural history of Europe and related travelling.
  • Cooking, wines.

Positions of Trust

1974-1996: 

 
  • Member of the Education Section of the Finnish Extended Unesco Commission, 1974-1977.
  • Member of the expert group on educational policy of the Centre Party of Finland, 1974-1977 and 1980-1984.
  • Member of the Board of the Student Body of National Reserve Officers’ Training School Course 154, chairman of publication commission and editor-in-chief of the course publication Urhot, 1977.
  • Lecturer on Human resources development at the City Institute and the National Rehabilitation Foundation, 1985-1991.
  • ”Permanent expert” of the National Board of Welfare on the topic ”Leadership theories and practical applications”, 1988-1991.
  • Chairman of the Parents’ Association Kimalainen supporting music instruction at the Primary School in Kivenlahti, Espoo, 1991-1992.
  • Member of the education task force of the Swedish Fire and Emergency Association in Finland, 1993.
  • Member of the task force ”Impact of Education” of the Ministry of the Interior, 1994.
  • Chairman of the planning team of the Swedish-language fire-fighter education of the Emergency Services College, 1994.
  • Member of the co-ordinating team of curriculum implementation of the Ministry of the Interior, 1994.
  • Chairman of the Emergency Services College Team for the “Finn-Fire”, International Fire & Emergency Conference Fair held at Tampere, Finland in 1995.
  • Secretary of the planning team of Leadership and Human Resource Management Training of the Ministry of the Interior, 1995-1996.(Publication: Management of Human Resources in Municipal Fire & Emergency Departments, 1996.)

During Stora Enso years:  

 
  • Member of the Education and Training experts’ commission of the South Karelian Chamber of Commerce, 1997-.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee on Vocational Education of the Province of Southern Finland, 1998-2000, 2001-2003 and 2004-2006 (representing South Karelian Chamber of Commerce).
  • Member of POHTO’s Customer Council in Southeastern Finland, 1999-2005.
  • Member of the Board of the Education Centre of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), 2002-2004 and 2005-2007 and 2008-2010.
  • Member of the Regional Board of South Karelia Vocational Institute, 2002-2004.
  • Member of the Management Team of LUT – Stora Enso Co-operation, 2003-.
  • Member of the Consultative Council of Business Education at South Karelia Polytechnic, 2005-.
  • Member of the Management Team of the “Forest Industry Line” project jointly arranged by the forest industry companies of the region, eight secondary schools and Lappeenranta University of Technology, 2006-.