"Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a successful company able to provide great opportunities in a global and multicultural organization."
An Interview with Sonia Cavalieri Foschini, Lean/Growtth Manager at FST Italy, AC Engine Valve Stem Seal Europe.
To get to know you better, please give us an overview of your responsibilities at Freudenberg.
I work as a Lean/Growtth Manager at FST Italy, AC Engine Valve Stem Seal Europe. Together with my colleagues, I have the great opportunity to support the plant along our journey for continuous improvement.
The best part of my job is that it allows me to work with people. Trainings and kaizen events are an important aspect of my daily tasks. To develop the potential of people and structures is always a challenging job, but I am happy to take on it.
Besides my tasks regarding trainings and kaizen, I support the local team with wider projects. In fact, lean thinking can be applied in several areas, from production to administration.
As member of the FST Growtth team, I provide support working on common topics and sharing my experience helping in the TPM Exchange Day organization.
Please answer the following questions:
What makes working with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies different from other companies or teams you’ve worked with?
I think that Freudenberg truly believes in cooperation and teamwork. The Growtth statement, “all of us is smarter than one of us”, is more than a motto: it is something that can be found in our daily work and often involves both customers and suppliers. Together we are able to reach greater results and higher levels of performance.
Why did you decide you wanted to work here?
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a successful company able to provide great opportunities in a global and multicultural organization. The company takes care of its employees and their personal development. It therefore fits perfectly with my expectations towards an employer.
Can you tell us about the culture at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies?
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a global player. Its culture is not only about cooperation and respect among colleagues, but also towards customers and suppliers. Those two values are crucial for building long-term relationships, which I believe is a key factor in Freudenberg’s success.
What does Freudenberg Sealing Technologies have to offer regarding career / talent development?
Freudenberg encourages employees to be creative and take initiative by providing opportunities to improve yourself. Personal development is a part Freudenberg’s strategy, as the Guiding Principles or the Trained and Motivated Employees Customer Value first pillar shows. Therefore, I believe that Freudenberg is able to provide a structured route regarding career and talent development.
Do you have recommendations for potential future colleagues when applying for a job with Freudenberg?
Applicants should be able to adapt themselves to a changing environment.
How is your team organized or what does it look like?
One colleague, 100% dedicated to the Lean/Growtth, is helping me deal with the daily tasks while other colleagues are involved in Growtth activities according to the plant’s needs. We all contribute to the company’s continuous improvement, and my team is providing support to help everyone develop and implement ideas.