My name is Tony Hope and I have been employed by Calsonic Kansei since 1990.
I started my career in Calsonic Kansei working in the Synchronised delivery area and my duties included picking, loading and delivering exhaust systems to our customer Nissan Motor Manuftacuring UK. I later moved into the production areas as an operator / welder, manufacturing various exhaust systems throughout the plant.
Calsonic’s culture has taught me the importance of team work, customer satisfaction, flexibility, high quality standards and continuous improvement.
In 1992 a new process arrived on site known as Muffler Box Assembly and further to my request to get involved as part of the set up team, I I joined others in ensuring the set up ran smoothly and was soon promoted to Team Leader in the area.
Working with great people from all levels and departments the project was developed and has since been a vital part of our business. I developed my knowledge and skills across all areas of Manufacturing and was fortunate enough to be supported in my role with some excellent training from Calsonic Kansei. I was also given the opportunity to work on new projects for 2 years, being involved from design release through to the implementation of new processes for the Micra and Primera vehicles.
2008 brought some structural changes to the company and with it new opportunities. I successfully applied for the role of Manufacturing Co-Ordinator and this brought fresh challenges. With the job came a lot more responsibility and it gave me the opportunity to learn from some more senior people in the company, allowing me to develop further and gain confidence in my position. Thankfully I have been lucky with all the teams I have worked with over the years and every single person has helped me develop in some way. In my Team Leader and Co-Ordinator roles I received further training in Leadership, Management, Communication, Problem Solving etc and in 2010, I gained a nationally recognised qualification through ILM – Institute of Leadership and Management.
My latest and most exciting career change to date came in January 2012 when I was lucky enough to be offered a secondment into Health and Safety. Once again I am fortunate enough to be working with some fantastic, knowledgeable, professionals who have been very supportive to me in my role.
There is something different every single day in Health and Safety but more importantly I am learning all the time and I get the opportunity to face many new and different challenges as we move forward. The experiences I have gained in 10 months have been fantastic but I am under no illusions that there is still a long way to go in my Health and Safety development role. Thanks to the company policy of investing in employee training and education, I am currently studying for my NEBOSH qualification with further plans for an Environmental qualification early next year.
I recently graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2011 with a BA(Hons) in International Business Management. I was brought up around the automotive trade due to my father’s business and so I was delighted to be given this opportunity at Calsonic Kansei and move in to an industry which I have a strong interest in.
I am still very new to the company, having started in September 2012, but I can already tell that I made the right choice. Being enrolled on the Calsonic Kansei Graduate programme – over the course of the next 2 years I will be rotated around the various functional areas and product groups within the Sales team in order to develop a strong foundation of knowledge which can provide the platform for my career with Calsonic Kansei.
In the short time that I have been here I have already gained a great deal of invaluable experience. With a combination of best-in-class training courses and support from the highly experienced sales team around me, I am learning many new things every day and have already been involved in numerous large-scale projects such as new model launches.
After such an encouraging start I am confident that I am in a fantastic position to flourish as a professional and forge a successful career for myself while contributing real value to Calsonic Kansei.
My name is Tommy Wells and I have worked for Calsonic Kansei for 10 years. In that time I’ve become a health and safety rep and a CKWay ambassador (and very proud of that). What impressed me then and still does today, is the family feel about the place. I find Calsonic Kansei very caring, understanding and patient.
These are the qualities that we posses, each and every one of us.
If it’s a career you want, Calsonic Kansei is the company that will bring the best out of you.
I believe we are the best in the world anyway, its just that other companies don’t know it yet.
In working as a team, we will take on the challenges ahead of us, and continually improve
My Name is David Butterworth, and I have been working for Calsonic Kansei Washington since 2006.
I work within the finance team as Credit Control Technician. I have found, however, my position to be much broader than a Credit Controller, as a large portion of my time is now allocated to a more general accounting role. This has enhanced greatly my understanding of the business, not just locally, but as a Global Enterprise.
In the summer of 2011 I was invited to become one of the Calsonic Kansei Way Ambassadors supporting the finance team. I have found this to be very positive. Firstly, becoming an Ambassador has challenged my approach to my job and my colleagues helping me to become involved in the “bigger” finance picture. Secondly, however, the role has enabled me draw on skills and experience gathered as a part time teacher in a local Academy (Secondary School) in creating and delivering presentations initially for the finance team, but more recently for the CKNE HR Team also. Calsonic Kansei has been very helpful in providing additional training in communication skills for all of the ambassadors employed across the North East of England (CKNE).
The company has also proved to be very understanding, when I suffered bereavement, providing professional help in dealing with that situation.
Whilst I have held the same position for the whole time that I have worked for Calsonic Kansei Washington (as probably have many others), It has become apparent that the Company values each of it’s employees very highly, and is actively seeking to develop all those who wish it, not just for the benefit of the Company, but more importantly, for the benefit of the individual.
My name is Steve Harrison. I started working for Calsonic back in 2007. My journey with Calsonic Kansei has been exciting and invigorating with challenges and opportunities at every corner.
Starting off on the production line moving to lead operator then onto my current position of manufacturing coordinator has been an experience that I will never forget. Not only has it tested my skills and attributes , it has given me a desire and a drive to succeed further and reach my true potential to understand what I am truly cable of achieving. This has been achieved through transparency and commitment from not only myself but also from my peers, colleagues and mentors.
Calsonic has developed me into the person I am today through various experiences and opportunities of learning best practice from diverse cultures and countries to helping me achieving my own personal commitments and targets , from best in class training from simple items such as kaizen school to achieving my certificate in leadership and management from the Open University . Calsonic have dedicated there time and support to help me strive for more. Calsonic is truly a family in itself where independence and individuality are promoted but the strong bond of teamwork helps the not only company succeed but people succeed as well. My journey through Calsonic has opened many doors and with the learning culture at hand , I can not see my experiences , opportunities and my exciting journey with Calsonic ending soon!
My passion for software programming started as I was 12 years old only. Since that time, I enjoyed many various jobs in many various companies: IT (fine jewelry), Database (pharmaceuticals), 3D engine programming (video), power line networking (white-goods), and finally Software Architect for an 11 engineers’ team (Radio-navigation).
When I started working in 2005 with CK, I had to build a 5 engineers team and drive them to achieve the Renault Laguna III’s Air Conditioning software. This really was a challenging experience: First time to face an OEM and manage a team.
This exciting project was a success, and my scope changed in 2009: I was promoted to be in charge of all electronic devices proposed to Renault, including Cluster meters, BCM, Air conditioning, BMS, Central panels,… but also competitor’s benchmarking, and company’s culture transition (CK Way ambassador).
Thanks to people here, I had a chance to prove my potential and grow up my skills and responsibilities.
Calsonic Kansei is a great place to work. It is offering a wide range of responsibilities within multicultural teams, to employees who want to prove their potential. Opportunities are everywhere for challenging people here.
My name is Beth Hall and I began working for Calsonic Kansei Washington in November 2010. I joined the Company as a Sales Co-Ordinator having previously worked in Sales in another Company. I have not worked in the Automotive sector before, but I have always been interested in it having studied Mechanical Engineering at college.
I decided to join Calsonic Kansei as I felt it offered me the opportunity to develop personally and in my career. To date, I have not been disappointed . I have been comprehensively trained and given opportunities that would not have been available in other companies.
During my first year at Calsonic Kansei , I became a Calsonic Kansei Way Ambassador. At first, I wasn’t really sure what the Calsonic Kansei Way was about, but having been trained, I realise that in simple terms, it is a set of guidelines which encourages people to work together as a team for the benefit of everyone in Calsonic Kansei. It’s very satisfying to work for a Company that so highly regards mutual respect and co-operation between departments and regions.
Since working for Calsonic Kansei , I have been promoted within the Sales Department to Controller, which has been possible due to internal promotion opportunities provided in the Company. I believe Calsonic Kansei recognises potential in employees and affords the opportunities to develop skills over a wide range of areas. I am looking forward to seeing what my future at Calsonic Kansei brings!
After completing an NVQ in Computing, I joined the company in 1998 working as an operator in the factory at CKLL. After three months, an opportunity came up in Research & Development for an administrator’s post where I was responsible for releasing drawing modifications and general office duties. This gave me a real insight into the company and how it worked so after three years I decided to enrol on a HNC Business and Management course to improve my prospects within Calsonic. The company fully supported me through my two years of study and encouraged me to go on to a BA Hons degree in Business and Management, which I studied alongside my full time job.
While studying for the degree, I applied for a Cost and HR Administrator’s position within the R&D department, which I got, and I spent seven years looking after budgets and any HR issues within the team. In this role, I was able to apply the skills that I learnt on my degree. I have recently been promoted to R&D Controller, which means that my main responsibilities are looking after the R&D budget, promoting CK Way within the department and motivating the team.
I’ve been extremely lucky during my 14 years with Calsonic. The company has given me many great opportunities and helped me progress my career to the job that I do today. I couldn’t have worked full time and studied to achieve a 2:1 degree without the support of the company. I’m part of a fantastic team and even get to visit our Japan headquarters later this year to see how they operate and learn more skills, which I plan to implement back in the UK.
My name is Karl Morris, I’m 30 years old and joined Calsonic in 1998 as an apprentice toolmaker. The 4 years were good for me learning the trade and working amongst some great characters. I was fortunate to get employed as a toolmaker in 2002. At this point I decided to carry on with my studies and enrolled on BSc hons. Degree in Computer Aided Engineering. I was on day release for the next 3 years, fully supported by Calsonic, after a lot of hard work I gained an upper 2nd class honours degree. In 2006 with my studies out of the way I was started working as EDM machinist, which I thoroughly enjoyed for 3 years.
In 2009 CKLL announced they were going start an injection moulding. I was selected as part of a team to relocate moulding machines from CKSU and setting up an area in CKLL. This was a very steep learning curve and over the next few months visited Calsonic Kansei North America and Calsonic Kansei Sunderland to gain the necessary skills required. We successfully launched injection moulding and I was promoted to engineering technician in 2010. At the end of 2010 I moved into a new role as a Tooling Engineer. This was to support all tooling requirements for all manufacturing lines at Calsonic. In 2010/11 I was involved with Nissan juke 12mm Radiator launch. In this period I visited china on several occasions (Shenzhen, Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang & Hong Kong) and Seoul in South Korea for press & mould tooling.
In 2011 it was announced that Delphi were closing their plant in France and no longer going to manufacture Calsonic HVAC units for Renault and that It was to be relocated to CKLL. I was again part of a great team (CKNE, CKLL, and FBO) and sent to Delphi in Donchery France. Over Xmas 2011 all equipment was relocated and in February the Renault X91 Hvac was successfully launched.
During this time I was successful in getting my current post as Senior Manufacturing Engineer in components supply. This covers Press shop, Mould shop, Tube mills, Header cell and Hvac lines.
Calsonic Kansei has been instrumental in developing my career and I look forward to many years with the company.
My name is Sorin Stefan and I’ve joined Calsonic Kansei Romania in October 2011.
Calsonic Kansei Romania is part of a multinational company, one of the most important providers of auto components in the entire world. I think everyone wants to work for this kind of company.
As employer, Calsonic Kansei Romania offers a variety of best-in-class training opportunities that build my professional and technical skills. Our company provide to employees all the tools and resources necessary to support us in advancing our careers. Here every day is a new challenge and also an opportunity to learn something new.
I really consider that Calsonic Kansei Romania is one of the best working environments to fully use my skills and abilities.
I have been working for Calsonic Kansei Romania since October 2007 and I started out as a Quality Inspector. The journey from my initial position to the current one, QA Manager in Calsonic Kansei Romania was possible due to the internal promotion opportunity and career path in place in our organization. One year after joining the company I was given the opportunity to take part and was selected for a Quality Engineering position within our organization.
For 3 years I was responsible for both of the HVAC lines in CKRO factory.
On October 2011 I was promoted as Engineering Quality Team Leader for 6 months.
I have a demonstrated ability to work professionally and collegially with internal members of our company but also with customers and suppliers.
Calsonic Kansei as an employer it is a company with potential which knows how to recognize the employees’ efforts and merits.
The happiness moment in CKRO was the starting of L38 HVAC assembly process. I was the quality representative for development and implementation with success of a new product in front of both customer and suppliers, L38 HVAC – Renault.
I love what I am doing and I cannot imagine working in a different department.
Quality department maintains and continuously improves the working relationship with suppliers and customers.
Calsonic Kansei is a great company with many opportunities for professional development.
All Calsonic Kansei members are involved and motivated to create value in existing and future projects.
Actual and future projects, demonstrate the higher level of methods and technologies approached.
I have been working for Calsonic Kansei Europe French Branch Office since September 2008.
I started working as Key Account Manager for Renault account successively for HVAC, Electronics, Engine Cooling and now for Compressor. Since 2012, on top of my Sales function I am working for the Product Management Group as Customer Programme Manager in charge of non European Project for Renault.
I hope to everybody to work in a global and transparent team as Calsonic Kansei can propose. Sales, as Project Management, allow me to coordinate cross functional / cross regional teams and propose some original strategy to extend profitability and market share of CK.
It is very exciting to communicate, develop business every day with people of other Calsonic Kansei regions (Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Romania, …) and customer (Korea, Morocco, Spain, Argentina … ). In Calsonic Kansei, a new challenge start everyday, allowing me to continuously develop some new competences and find solution to achieve customer requirement and Calsonic Kansei target.
The happiness moment in CK was the cross regional activity to win a major global business. Great experience with Global Japan team showing the performance of a team to make CK powerful and competitive.