Being mentored and to mentor motivates me. I like to learn from others who have been there before, says Katarina Culham.
Katarina Culham works as a Supply Chain and Contracts Executive Director for Fennovoima. She has 19 years of experience in contract and claim management in the nuclear industry. As the Supply Chain and Contracts Executive Director, Katarina is responsible for number of departments’ teams covering different functions and disciplines such as; Contract and Commercial Department, Quality Control and Supervision, Supply Chain management and development and Suppliers’ quality assurance.
Katarina believes in continuous education and learning from others. What kind of working environment is in Fennovoima, and what does Katarina expect from her team members?
Mentorship and continuous learning
As a supervisor, I expect everyone to do their best. If they feel that some task is beyond them, then we look at other tasks and possibilities within the boundaries of the skills and experiences they have. I also want that people would share the expertise bought into Fennovoima. I believe in mentorship and continuous education - I like to learn from others who have been there before. Not just educational experiences but practicalities of life. Being mentored and to mentor motivates me. Tutoring and mentoring are the elements I request from senior positions recruits.
Supportive and fair work community
The working environment at Fennovoima is fair and collective. People help and support each other and take time to explain things. I like that people are transparent and honest. It makes you enjoy working for the company and with the people even more. For example, the working hours are more relaxed compared to the United Kingdom. Also, the employee benefits are attractive. Personal growth is essential to me and Fennovoima. There is also space and time to improve yourself if you want to and need to. Individualism is important to Fennovoima but also to my team and me.
Part of the nuclear family
The nuclear family is small because the field is such niche and unique. Many people have worked together and will probably work together in the future. Therefore, it is very important to keep your professional and personal etiquette at a high level because sooner or later, someone within the industry will hear about your failings, and they can carry on. In the nuclear industry, ethics are really high.
Living in Finland
Living in Finland is not new to me as I used to live here when working on Olkiluoto for nine years. Helsinki is a European Metropolitan town; busy, lively, plenty of social life.