Nine sales assistants work in Koskisen’s Panel Products Industry, serving customers all over the world. Some have been with the company for over two decades but there are also some newer arrivals in their midst. Get ready to meet them!
Kirsi Lindqvist has worked at Koskisen for 24 years. According to her, she has tried her hand at a lot of different things over the years.
- I’ve worked at the laboratory, in basic board production, at the coating plant and as a stand-in for the production secretary, she recalls.
She enjoys her present job as sales assistant because she is familiar with the chipboard products, Koskisen’s personnel and customers whom she works with on a daily basis.
- I’m responsible for Puukeskus’s branches and our other industrial clients on the part of chipboard products. I’m in charge of our Finnish plywood and birch product clients. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to plywood products, Kirsi tells us.
Tuula Kangassalo is also a long-standing employee of Koskisen with fifteen years behind her.
- It’s been interesting to work in the wood products industry with such great colleagues. My tasks have also been really varied, she tells us.
Tuula used to work with the Russian and Estonian chipboard markets and French plywood markets. Today her job involves managing Koskisen Panel Industry’s co-operation with the Starkki chain of hardware stores, involving plywood, chipboard and the Birch Products Industry.
Pauliina Kiviniemi, the leader for the team of Panel Industry assistants, has worked at Koskisen for ten years. Over the years she has been able to observe the company’s operations from various vantage points, including the head office’s financial department and Koskisen’s plywood product exports. In her present job as sales assistant, Pauliina is responsible for the Benelux countries, France, Italy, Poland, Austria, South Africa and New Zealand and Kore-product.
As team leader she also takes part in many of the company’s internal projects.
- I like my job because it’s so varied. No two days are alike, Pauliina says.
Linda Airola, set to graduate with a degree in international trade from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, is one of the newer additions to the Koskisen Panel Industry sales assistant team.
Linda started at Koskisen on an internship four months ago in January. She is presently completing her final project at Koskisen. Her first permanent job will begin at the company even before she graduates.
- I was familiar with Koskisen as an employer because I grew up nearby in Kärkölä. However, I hadn’t worked here before. I’ve felt very welcome and it feels great to have been given my own exports area right from the start, says Linda who is responsible for chipboard and plywood products and Hirvensalmi’s birch products in Scandinavia.
Päivi Tuhkanen has been with Koskisen for 26 years. Her job involves plywood, chipboard and Koskisen Birch Product Industry’s Chinese and Estonian export customers, as well as customer relationships for countries where Koskisen lacks its own sales offices, in addition to taking care of Koskisen Panel Industry’s export freight negotiations.
- I like the diverse nature of my job. No two days are alike, Päivi says.
Another long-term employee of Koskisen is Ulla Partinen who has worked there for almost 15 years. Her tasks at the company have varied greatly over the years, but at the moment Ulla is in charge of handling the Panel Industry’s Puumerkki orders and invoicing in the area of Finnish sales, as well as panel freight payments in Finland.
- I’ve known some of the customers for as long as I’ve worked at Koskisen. I’ve enjoyed working here because of the variety that my job offers, Ulla tells us.
In her nearly 13 years with Koskisen, Jaana Seppälä has worked in Koskisen’s Timber Industry, the head office’s financial department and as sales secretary for the Chipboard Industry. In her present job Jaana is responsible for the Panel Industry’s customers in Spain, the UK, Norway and Iceland.
- My work is independent and diverse. I’ve enjoyed working here because of my pleasant co-workers and the positive team spirit, Jaana says.
The newest addition to the assistant team is Johanna Rohrweck who was born in Austria and lived there until she was eight. Just like Linda she has a degree in international trade from Lahti University of Applied Sciences and applied for a job at Koskisen after spotting a job vacancy ad.
- I live in Orimattila from where I used to commute to Helsinki. I applied for a job at Koskisen because it’s nearer to my home and the job seemed like the perfect opportunity to use my language skills. I get to speak German with customers on a daily basis, says Johanna, who deals with plywood and thin-veneer plywood sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.