Department: R&D department
Coolest part of my job:
I really enjoy the deep understanding that is required to develop a new product, such as a sensor for example. It’s necessary to understand every component of the hardware, as well as the physics behind it, and especially the interplay between hardware and software. I need to be aware of the harsh environment that it has to withstand at sea, and the way it is integrated into the existing system. Ultimately, it is about understanding the whole picture, from component level to the way it is finally integrated into our reefers.
When did you start at MCI and what motivated you to join the company
I started in October 2019. I was living and working in France before I joined MCI. After a couple of years working in France, I wanted to try something else and my partner and I decided to move to Germany. At the time, I looked for jobs in both Denmark and Germany as I was looking for job opportunities in an international company. Luckily, I came across the position as Process Specialist in the R&D department at MCI via Sydjob.dk.
What are your tasks and responsibility areas?
I work in a development department, where we carry out practical tests and develop ideas, as well as tackling project management. Sometimes, we will be working on a brand-new idea that has to be developed from scratch. Other times, it may be something that has been done before but we are trying to do it better, in a new way or more efficiently. There is a lot of group work, sparring with my colleagues, calculating, getting from idea to drawing, building prototypes and testing. It is a circular process that continues (within deadlines, of course) until the idea has matured into a product. I really enjoy this process.
What do you like most about your job?
It is important to me that I am part of an international environment, so I still get to travel the world and, at MCI, I work with people in China, India and Latin America, for example. Before I started working here, I had very little knowledge about Southern Denmark but I have been surprised by how international the workplace actually is. What’s more, MCI in Tinglev is only 20 minutes by car from Flensburg, where I live.
In my department, I not only collaborate with highly technically skilled and very senior people but also, for example, with a young intern who is spending six months in our department learning to combine his theoretical knowledge from university with real life work. Another thing that I truly enjoy in Tinglev is that we have an amazing lab and workshop test centre. Here, we pull on our safety shoes and go about exploring, developing and testing our innovative ideas.
Being responsible for a very exciting and innovative development project with a lot of different tasks is for me the most important thing about my job. As a postdoc, I could to a certain extent predict my career path in academia for many years ahead. In my current role, however, I have no real idea what I might be doing even five years from now, and I have started to really appreciate that.
What is the purpose of your job?
To keep track of a project in terms of tasks, timeline and resources. And, in particular, to use my background and combine the knowledge I have in collaboration with my colleagues to find out how to optimise our reefers and improve the way we use them.
Why do you think MCI is a great place to work?
For me, it is the international environment and the ability to work with many different people from different cultural and educational backgrounds. My colleagues are very supportive and keen to explain and introduce me to what they are or have been working on, and I sense that people are passionate about their work. In my team, we have scheduled internal knowledge-sharing sessions where we each make a presentation to let the others know what new projects we are working on.
The fact that we can share things other than just work, e.g. plans for the weekend or our latest hobbies, just makes our team even stronger.
It is important to me that I am part of an international environment, so I still get to travel the world and, at MCI, I work with people in China, India and Latin America, for example. Before I started working here, I had very little knowledge about Southern Denmark but I have been surprised by how international the workplace actually is.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
There really isn’t anything I would call a typical workday. With my background as a postdoc, it has always been important for me to have a high degree of flexibility in my job. When I started looking for a job outside of research, this was one of the benefits I was consciously searching for and luckily, MCI offers me that.
Be open to exploring: countries, cultures, people, ideas, opinions, new paths. You name it.