A keen outdoor enthusiast and a continuous learner, this month’s SuperSealer is energized by opportunities to develop and grow at Trelleborg, and strives to reflect this in his management style. He tells us what the keys to successful operations management are, and why new food contact regulations could be a promising opportunity for our organization.
Who are you?
My name is Firas Al-Sahli, which means ‘lion’ in Arabic. I’m 34 years old and live in Kaxholmen, just a few minutes outside of Jönköping city, Sweden. I’ve been working as an Operations Manager specifically for milk liner production for two months.
What are your key duties in this position?
My key tasks include determining and formalizing our site’s strategy, improving our overall performance, procuring resources, and ensuring compliance. Being organized is critical for success, and I also have to make sure I create a working environment with plenty of potential for individual development.
How long have you been with Trelleborg in total, and what do you like most about working here?
I’ve been at Trelleborg for four and a half years – a very short amount of time compared to most of my colleagues! What I like most about Trelleborg is all the opportunities to develop professionally. Thanks to the various programs on offer, I’ve been able to significantly expand my knowledge and develop both soft and technical skills during my time here. Trelleborg is a place where learning and reflection are valued highly, and where I feel challenged in the best way!
Collaboration across regions is another great benefit. I can reach out to colleagues all over the world for support – if I have a problem, the solution is usually only a call away.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
I think the key challenge for any Operations Manager is maintaining direct, effective communication within the organization. This is especially true right now, as we face a combination of the pandemic and having a huge amount of information to process. Another big challenge is having a strong grasp of how the company is doing – it’s extremely important, but can be difficult to achieve.
How do you think your industry segment will evolve in the future?
In the coming years, I think the Food & Beverage industry segment will receive an increasing number of requests to develop new material solutions that can meet emerging food-industry requirements. I see this as an important opportunity – if we can help our customers fulfill these requirements, our business will have an even more unique market position, opening many new doors for us.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m a father of three – two daughters and one son – so, of course, I spend a huge portion of my free time with them. Other than that, I enjoy activities that get me outdoors – anything from taking a walk in the forest to paddling and running.