Juho Kujanpää, Senior Consultant, Malaysia
Here at Pöyry, adapting is not just a task of the employee; the company also does its own adapting: it adapts to meet the interests of its employees—just like what it did to me.
"In 2012, I started working at the Pöyry headquarters in Finland. I already knew then that I wanted to be involved in projects in Southeast Asia. Recognising that there’s a big office in Bangkok, Thailand, I requested that I be assigned in SEA projects to get the exposure that I have always wanted to expand. Pöyry granted my request. And within few months of joining the company and several weeks of working on SEA projects from the Finland office, I saw myself packing my bags and flying to Southeast Asia.
I have been working at Pöyry’s Kuala Lumpur office for more than four years now. Since starting in the KL office, I have been working with power sector project development and technical consulting assignments in SEA region. My work scope has been evolving since then and currently, I work a lot in the interface between our clients’ technical and commercial project development teams providing technical assistance for the preparation of financial models and for negotiating key power plant contracts.
There were very minimal adjustments because the work environment in the KL office is quite similar to the environment in Finland. With Pöyry having its origins in Europe, the office operates efficiently and the people in the KL office has nicely married the good practices of a European company into the Asian culture.
Though the KL unit is smaller (in terms of office size and the number of people) as compared to the headquarters in Finland, working here made me feel like I am working for an equally big community because there is even more opportunity here to work with a global team. In every project, we would always have team members coming from the different offices in Southeast Asia, and often even from other regions. And that is something that I value very much because I get to work with experts from different background, culture, and nationalities.
That is one of Pöyry’s workplace magic: synergy within teams. Pöyry is great in engaging different offices working for the same project. SEA is very familiar with that set-up. And for an engineer like me who yearns for global exposure—this is just a great place to work at. I am impressed with the veriety of expertise we have, and I am fortunate to get to know and work with some amazing experts from around the world.
I learn a lot of new things. I learn to work with people who speak different languages; who come from a diverse background; and even the natural characteristics of each nationality and differences between European and Asian clients.
They say the success of secondment is measured on how your family has adapted. If that is the case, then I could say that my career here is pretty good. My entire family is with me here. And what used to be a family of four when we came here in 2014, is now a bigger family of five, with the addition of my one-year-old daughter, born in Malaysia in early 2017. My two older kids, a 7-year-old boy, and a 5-year-old girl have also adapted to the life in Kuala Lumpur. Both study in an international school where they are exposed to a multicultural environment, learn languages like English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Mandarin Chinese and have classmates and friends who are from all over the world. My wife, meanwhile, has found passion in painting.
Today, 2018, I still look back at that day when Pöyry gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. It has not just changed me but also the life path of my family. Even as a young engineer and new to the company then, I felt that Pöyry trusted me and that I can deliver what is expected of me. That trust made me want to work hard and prove that I was worth the shot.
There would always be stories when employees adapt to the culture of the organisation that they are part of. But here at Pöyry, adapting is not just a task of the employee; the company also does its own adapting: it adapts to meet the interests of its employees—just like what it did to me."