• What do your friends call you?
In the company they call me Spol … here in the company Alessandro is a very common name!
• How long have you been with Galdi?
• What is your current role?
Co-ordinator of machine testing activities
• To be precise, what are you responsible for?
Team management; I don’t deal directly with the machines anymore. Organization of processes, dealing with possible problems and participation in the study of new procedures and standards. In case of necessity of course I also deal with the so-called FAT (the final validation test) with the clients .. now I have more paperwork!
• How did you learn about / start in the company?
I was working in a company in the light-engineering industry which produced components for plastic injection. Then I got married and came to live in this area. Driving past the company I was curious about the "filling machines" ... I found out more about them and discovered that I had the skills and experience that could prove useful to them, so I sent in my CV. The first two years I was dealing with machine assembly; there were around 20 of us in total. It was an excellent training experience.
The arrival of a new major international project gave me the opportunity to embark on a new experience and change direction. It turned out to be an excellent opportunity for me to test myself and demonstrate my skills. I was liaising with very large foreign companies, as well as expert managers who mentored me through new experiences and enabled me to acquire new knowledge. It broadened my horizons enormously and enabled me grow, and gave me the skills to self-develop, personally as well as professionally.
• Can you name 3 things you like about Galdi?
-The job is never repetitive (fortunately or unfortunately sometimes!), There is none of the monotony I experienced in other companies.
- The opportunity to pit your wits against new challenges. The company evolves and with it offers you the opportunity to evolve with it.
- It's not only work, but also the opportunity to socialise with colleagues outside of work thanks to the organisation of social activities.
• Which part do you like most about your job?
The fact that I don’t have a daily routine, and the opportunity to work with other colleagues from other departments.
• How do you tackle the challenges?
Even though I don’t have the same energy levels as I used to in the past, challenges always fascinate me ... possibly even too much, because then I get too engrossed in them!
• How do you see the future in your field?
A process of constant evolution, just like the technology ... Needs then change and processes have to be adjusted accordingly. This was the same thing that happened for the new testing plant, which was a result of increased capacity of the machines, and therefore the need to adapt the system to new requirements. This was not just a technical implementation, but it also required careful consideration of what improvements to make in the context of a long-term forecast of the likely evolution of the machines. Also, one issue which I care very much about is the environment. With the new system, in addition to recovering 100% of the water used, we have optimized fuel consumption and improved the waste recovery cycle of machine testing process: by collecting and delivering the shredded gable-top carton material and conveniently storing it to then give it new life in the form of everyday products such as napkins, kitchen paper etc. Obviously, these can them be used in the company itself!
• And when you’re not working, what do you do in your free time?
I'm the assistant coach in a football team (2004/2003), mountain biking and fishing in the summer season (at the seaside!)
So .. getting outside and enjoying nature!
• How far do you live from work?
• Tell us about 3 of your qualities and 1 of your weaknesses
I’m super helpful – I’m fussy (can be positive and negative) – I’m curious
• What makes you happy?
Getting on with everyone
• How do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
• Do you like your colleagues?
Yes, with all their good and bad points! ☺
• If you were a Galdi machine, what machine would you be? Why?
An older model that no longer exists because I have seen it born and grow ... a little like a daughter.
•Your favourite dish?
Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce.
•Last question. If Galdi were a soccer team, how would you encourage the players?
Always do your best !!