In engineering, project management and technology company like Neste Jacobs, a large amount of different documents are handled on a daily basis. The work done in the service unit, Document Management Support and DAS-services, is more valuable than one might think.
When important documents are found quickly, document management is handled with care and the service works out smoothly, time and money are saved later on in the process, because the job of the designers becomes easier. The document management is a key part of the performance in any company, even though it isn’t represented very much in the media. Thus, I think we should be described as the silent warriors of these companies!
However, the adjective “silent” doesn’t always describe us. We work together and help each other. This comes naturally in an open space office. Also relaxation while working is important, so that better results are achieved ultimately. In our service unit for example birthdays and retirements are celebrated on a weekly basis with cakes, buns and brunches to mention a few.
I asked my colleagues, what do they like most in their job. Their instant answer was “Coffee break!” and laughter. After answering, they replied that they like the best the team spirit, nice colleagues and helping each other. It was also appreciated that some of the work is independent and the results are shown immediately. I also inquired what makes them do their job more efficiently. They responded that interesting and varied tasks give them motivation to do the job effectively. Their motivation is also affected by suitable timetable, constantly learning new issues and being treated equally.
Posted: February 20th 2017
In today’s world, despite highly-developed science and vast amounts of information, we as voters, consumers or decision-makers, are more puzzled than ever.
The world is full of disinformation. It is difficult to know what is true or not true, or whether we receive relevant information at all.
Different interest groups are developing their own “reality bubbles” and parallel realities develop. At worst they paralyze societies and prevent them from optimal development.
This makes me think of decision-making in companies. During my career as a management consultant, I have supported dozens of companies at the moments of their strategic decision-making.
The most successful companies take time to study the decision-making case and factors impacting it. They create a well-analyzed knowledge platform and keep the key persons involved. This facilitates implementation of decisions considerably.
We as consultants step in by analyzing information, listening to various stakeholders in order to consider different points of view, developing various future scenarios, pointing out issues to be clarified and by evaluating profitability, risks and opportunities.
Our work is very much about analyzing information, weighting the credibility and the background of each information source, even considering the reasons behind any research we use as input material. We help our customers in building future visions which base on facts and logical thinking. We support our customers in building on real opportunities but also point our relevant risks.
Nobody shall make strategic decisions impacted by any short-term gains of any individual stakeholder. Good decisions are based on breaking the different reality bubbles, creating a common vision and on involving people. Success is based on grasping the commonly found opportunities and realizing them in a firm and sustainable manner.
Head of Consulting
Posted: January 30th 2017
2016 marked yet another record year for Neste Jacobs in many terms. We hit again two digit growth numbers and exceeded our promise which we gave few years ago – double the company. We hit the record profitability which is the ultimate performance indicator of any business. As the books are not yet closed, I cannot give exact numbers now but they are indeed very good.
One of the major contributors to the top line growth 2016 was our new business unit – Investment Material Services (IMS). This business has been running now over a year and is seen as a considerable contributor to our business. The service is now available to all of our customers looking for efficient investment materials management and logistics.
Our main stream businesses, investment projects management and engineering, kept on going strong and we maintained our position regardless of a challenging market environment. Both in Performance Improvement (NAPCON solutions) and Technology Sales we managed to get new openings and the development of both of these businesses looks very positive.
While looking back it is also good to look forward. Neste Jacobs has now a very clear strategy for coming years and the focus is firstly in the Improved Delivery Capability. With our Improved Delivery Capability we will concentrate mainly in the World Class Investment Projects performance. Many initiatives are on the way already.
Secondly, we will invest heavily in our Performance Improvement offering – NAPCON solutions. We are striving to build NAPCON into a World known brand in comprehensive operational excellence and energy efficiency fields.
Last but not least we will be looking into our Technology Portfolio and especially into our unique Technology Co-Development concept as a leading benefit for the entire industry. By so far with proven performance and a clear strategy ahead, we trust Neste Jacobs will be even stronger leader of direction in the industry, and the company which is for sure worth to follow-up closely and to get engaged with.
I wish Happy and Prosperous New Year to our current and new partners, customers and employees.
Posted: January 2nd 2017
Manager, Business Process Development
VP, Project Management, Neste Jacobs Abu Dhabi
Head of NAPCON,Sales
Account Manager, Biorefining
Head of Project Management and Control
Regional Manager, Neste Jacobs Netherlands
SVP, Sales and Marketing
Regional Manager, Sweden
Regional Manager, West Finland
Head of Consulting