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Anders Lind

Age: 46. machinery supervisor, Hercules Grundläggning, Sweden

This article is also available in: Swedish

Route to the job
After completing a four-year course at technical high school and my military service, I joined Swedish Highways as an engineer. I then jumped at the chance to work in Germany. When I arrived in Rostock I became a clerk dealing with equipment, supplies and that kind of thing.
Returning to Sweden I joined JCC as an engineering workshop works manager. In 1989 I was offered a job as machinery supervisor at Binab where I eventually also took charge of production in Stockholm.
In 1996 I joined Ballast (mobile crushing). One day the personnel director at Hercules called me to offer me the job as supervisor for machinery and supplies at Hercules' regional office in Upplands Väsby. I am now responsible for all Hercules construction machinery and manage a staff of nine.

Typical day
Every day is unique which is something that appeals to me. There is a great deal of paperwork - administration and accounting. We have seven manned machinery and stores sites so I do a lot of travelling. And I am on the phone a great deal, talking to my staff, suppliers, machine operators etc, who need help with one thing or another. I like interfacing with people and always try to make time for a chat. It is rare for something unexpected to happen, and I usually know on my way home what I am going to be doing the next day. The people who work in our equipment units deal with most emergencies themselves, as they are pretty autonomous. They call me if they need advice.

Highs and lows
Things can get a bit stressed if we have promised the production people something that we cannot then deliver in time, which can cause a bit of strain between us and them. And obviously it is no fun having to deal with a personnel problem either. On the other hand, it is great when things go exactly as planned. What I do like is that I get plenty of challenges, from both the company and our customers, the production units. I have free rein and love my job.

Ambitions
I was only recently appointed machinery supervisor at Hercules, so I am still feeling my way forward in the job, which I find exciting. Looking to the future, I hope to develop further, though I am not sure in which direction. But the more I get to know about the job and the more I can delegate, the more time I will have for other responsibilities.

Advice
If anyone offers you a new job, never say no! But when you take up your new appointment you need to be able to say no sometimes so you are not given too many new responsibilities. You shouldn't turn into a workaholic. If you are open and honest, you will benefit in the long run!