Many companies across Finland are international companies – at least as far as their introductions are concerned.
Aurubis is also an international company, and it is not just a buzzword for Miia Kiviö.
“If I wanted, I could use four different languages in my daily work in addition to Finnish: English, German, French and Swedish,” says Kiviö.
At the Aurubis plant in Pori, Kiviö is responsible for product quality, technical development, process and product development, investments, and environmental issues. She leads a team of nine experts.
Her job description is varied. Her work includes various tasks from extensive policy planning and monitoring to the fine-tuning of small details. Sometimes she collaborates with other units in the Group.
“My role is to report on our operations to the Group’s business managers in Germany on a weekly basis. I also deal with other rolling mills around the world on a monthly basis,” says Kiviö, Master of Science in Engineering.
International assignments suit her well, as Kiviö, who spent her youth in the Helsinki metropolitan area, has also lived in Germany, Japan and Malaysia.
However, the road finally led her to Pori and Aurubis in the spring of 2015. Leaving behind the metropolises and moving to Pori did not pose a problem, although life in Pori may be slightly different than in Malaysia, for example.
“Of course, at the beginning I was a little nervous about how I will adapt here when I didn’t really know anything about Pori. And not all of my preconceptions were positive.
However, all my fears were proven wrong.” Kiviö and her family have found a new home in Pori where they enjoy living.
“This is a really good city especially for families with young children. Pori has all the necessary services and excellent leisure opportunities, but it does not have the same busy traffic and stress as, for example, in the Helsinki metropolitan area.”
However, family life and work are not completely stress-free in Pori either. Fortunately, Kiviö has an efficient way to relieve stress.
“I do Yoga! Yoga is physically challenging and it clears your mind of everything else. Namaste.”