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Harlow engineer takes part in global development programme for glass industry leaders

Business / Fri 27th Apr 2018 at 10:40am

Harlow engineer takes part in global development programme for glass industry leaders

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THE world’s leading glassmaker, O-I has invited an engineer from Harlow to participate in a global development programme for the next generation of global leaders.

The Plant Manager Development Programme brings leaders from O-I’s operations around the world to enhance collaboration and teamwork throughout the company, sharing ideas to create a high performing organization. The programme identifies and inspires the men and women who are key movers in transforming O-I into the food and drinks industry’s preferred supplier through their operational excellence and passion for glassmaking.

Johan Victor, currently working as Job Change Coordinator at Harlow, is one of the managers given the opportunity to take part. Johan said, “I really benefit from being part of a global organisation where I can share best practices and pursue opportunities in an innovative, collaborative atmosphere. This Plant Manager Development Programme convinces me that the company has a clear opportunity for me to develop my career to the highest level.”

As part of the programme, 21 managers from five continents and 13 countries are taking part in a week of workshops in Europe at O-I’s plant at Jaroslaw in Poland, which produces bottles for the very demanding baby-food industry. This cohort has already spent a week in each of two other O-I locations, Perrysburg in the USA and Lima, Peru.

John Webb, O-I’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, said, “O-I is unique in being the only truly global glassmaker and this programme introduces participants to global subject matter experts from whom they can learn first-hand. Our goal is to make O-I the most attractive glass company in the world to work for. PMDP plays a part by providing plant leaders with a global network of their own and training them not just in operations and technology but also in leadership and business management. Over half the programme consists of leadership topics because these are the men and women who will take our company forward.”

The Plant Manager Development Programmes works in parallel with leadership and skills training for individuals at all levels of the company. Pablo Vercelli, Vice President, HR for O-I Europe, said, “In addition to their leadership skills, participants benefit from operational exercises which improve consistency and manufacturing excellence in all our plants. We’re transforming our business as we innovate to meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs to help build their brands, produce sustainable packaging and become valued partners. And, as we transform, our people can also seize the opportunity to change. At O-I many things are possible for those who challenge themselves to be their very best.”

This is the fifth time that O-I has run the programme and previous graduates report that they are using the leadership tools and methodologies they have learnt to improve the performance of their plants.

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