Renato Neves

There's no place like home

Position: Mechanical and Electrical Supervisor, Kosan Crisplant Portugal
Employed since: 2010
Education: Bachelor of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering

The beginning

When I first applied for a job in Kosan Crisplant, I didn’t expect to get it because, as a person, I'm very laid-back and easy-going and I love to make jokes. I got the job, nevertheless - maybe my uncomplicated fashion was just what they were looking for. Quickly, I was out learning by doing, which is the only way to really learn, and soon I got the hang of it.

As a supervisor, I'm the face of the company towards the customer and I function as the middle man. I receive all the material from KC Denmark, check if something is missing and get the installing done while reporting back to the project manager. In smaller projects, I typically install the equipment myself - in the bigger ones, however, I delegate the tasks and manage the local installers on site. My job is quite diverse when I'm out in the field: I function as a sales man if I notice a customer need on site, I act as an advisor at meetings and I instruct people when installing the equipment.

I install equipment all over the world and I learn a lot about people from travelling to foreign countries and visiting strange cultures. You really get under people's skin because you spend a fair amount of time together when working on a project for months at a time. I love this part of my job.

My current job

I've always loved a fast pace, travelling and varying assignments. But due to the fact that my son is approaching his teenage years, I want to spend more time at home with him. As a supervisor, I've spent about 10 months a year travelling and that’s becoming too much. I'm therefore working more and more as a project assistant and thus travelling less. I still enjoy being on the road visiting customers, but I also look forward to having more time with my son and seeing him grow up.
So now, my job has developed into the process of creating projects, speaking to the engineers, communicating with customers and offering them our services. As a project assistant, I'm involved from A-Z.

The best thing about working for Kosan Crisplant

The best thing about KC is the freedom. I have the freedom to make my own decisions on behalf of the company, and my judgement is valued and trusted. Trust is something you earn - both within the company and with the customers. And since I'm dealing with the customer on a daily basis, I am trusted to know what is good for him and make the proper decisions. There has been a natural development in my career due to my personal life, and in Kosan Crisplant, you can progress in the direction you like, which is great. Finally, I'd like to emphasise how nice it is that people greet me and know who I am when I come into the headquarters in Aarhus even though I'm located in KC Portugal. People genuinely care about each other and I feel that I'm a part of the global KC family.