Manuel Velazquez from Mexico works as a strategic buyer at Agco Power, a company manufacturing diesel engines. Manuel’s job description includes negotiating contracts with suppliers manufacturing engine parts. His work is highly international, as Agco's partner companies are located in various European countries. The company also co-operates with Indian, Japanese and Canadian companies.
Finding a permanent job that matches your education is a good reason to live in Tampere. Manuel’s work place is located in the neighbouring municipality of Nokia, and during the summer he travels the distance by bike and during the winter by bus.
"I enjoy my work; I have been given the right amount of responsibility. Most of my colleagues are from Finland, but one of them is German and one Belgian. Our multicultural work community has the tools to promote international business activities. I believe I have brought to the company new perspectives and methods for facing people in negotiation situations."
Manuel moved to Tampere five years ago to study. He studied Managing Technology-Driven Business in Global Markets in the Tampere University of Technology's English-language degree programme. He began to work at Agco Powers even before his graduation. A mentoring programme for international students helped him a lot during the job search process.
"Discussions with my mentor helped me keep my feet on the ground. I gained a lot of information on local working life as well as confidence in my own abilities."
Enriching the Finnish working community
There are nine different nationalities represented in Agco Power's 850 employee work community. The company operates and trades all over the world, so linguistic skills and cultural awareness are important parts of business.
"We are looking to add to our international competence here in Nokia. It is only natural, since many of our partners operate abroad. Good linguistic skills are necessary, but Finnish skills are not required as our working language is English," says Eero Tomi, Agco Power CEO.
Agco Power is part of an American group. The company's roots, however, are in a local engineering workshop that was established in Nokia in the 1940s. Today, the company has factories not only in Nokia, but also in Brazil and China.
"A large group has contacts all over the world, which enables our employees to develop their international skills in a very wide sense. At the same time, employees coming from different cultures enrich our Finnish work community and bring in a new vibrancy. New and different ways of perceiving things are most welcome."