1. What is your position at Bioton?
I am the Harvesting Team Coordinator, but in my soul I feel like a Technologist. Someone wise once said that being a Technologist is a privilege and not a position. And I also stick to that motto.
2. What do you do at Bioton?
I manage one of the production areas in the Harvesting Division of the Biotechnology Department. In my daily duties, in addition to working in my area, I value the cooperation with other departments in the company, such as quality control, quality department, technical department, purchasing department, IT, warehouse, HR department, MST department as well as the microbiology, biosynthesis and chemistry departments.
I am also one of the staff representatives, trying to look after their interests. There I can fulfil my social ambitions and, together with the HR department, implement ideas that distinguish Bioton as a good employer.
3. What was your path to the current position?
I started working at Bioton in 2003 at the age of 20. So my seniority is 18 years. Almost half a lifetime. From day one I felt great respect for this technology and these complex installations. On my first day at work I felt like I was on some kind of space shuttle. Plus countless corridors. Today I know Bioton like the back of my hand. I started as an Instrument Technician at the Biotechnology Department and some time later I became a Senior Instrument Technician. During my work I studied at the Faculty of Management and Production Engineering, after graduation I became a Junior Technologist. For about 3 years I worked as a development specialist in the R&D department. Working in research gave me an incredible amount of knowledge that I still use today in my field working with insulin and its analogues. I then returned to the Biotechnology Department taking up a position as a Technologist in the Harvesting department. I have been the Harvesting Team Coordinator since March 2020.
4. Within your work, what are you most proud of?
I am proud that for so many years my work has not got boring. Paradoxically, work in production is stable, but sometimes things can surprise us. That is when it is most interesting.
I also pride myself on trying to deliver as quickly as possible. I know that leaving something to the last minute only causes tasks to pile up. I love ASAP tasks. My mother always recalls that when Hubert came home from school, the first thing he did was his homework, and only then did he do other things.
I am happy when I know that my colleagues can count on me in any situation and at any time of the day. My wife has finally got used to the fact that I sometimes answer the phone at two in the morning. I assume that I am there for people rather than them being there for me. You have to look after your colleagues, because it always works both ways. My first decision after taking up my post was to move my office to the control room on the production floor to be closer to the process and my people.
5. What inspires you at work?
Other people who treat production as a lifestyle. It is a daily conversation, discussion and reflection with people who want to change something, to improve something, to pursue the goals they have set themselves. Nothing pleases you more when your efforts and those of your team result in successively higher productivity, improved results in your area and new records being broken. Such success is a lot of fun and it makes work a lot better.
6. What advice would you give to people who are at beginning of their career path?
Work diligently, be persistent and have a positive attitude. The career path is open to all. I was lucky to meet people who saw my potential, appreciated my efforts and guided me accordingly. We have always had a friendly relationship between subordinate and superior. Today, as a coordinator myself, I try to pass on such values to be a good captain for my sailors on the ship called HARVESTING.