Today we sat down with our Production Coordinator Miren Garmendia to learn more about her.
What do you do as a Production Coordinator? What are your main tasks?
My title is Production Coordinator, but actually I do everything from getting quotations and finding new factories to dealing with logistics and looking for new warehouses.
So basically I handle the whole Production – Logistics – Transportation process, making sure that everything runs smoothly. I mainly focus on projects whose production is based in Europe.
Tell us something about your experience at Swedbrand. What do you enjoy most about your job?
The thing that I enjoy the most about my job is that every day there is a different project to handle and I end up doing a bit of everything. The job is never repetitive or boring, and this is what excites me the most.
Finding good suppliers in different countries, which speak different languages, and establish with them a good working relationship is not always easy, of course! But I like the challenging side of this job, and it’s always very fulfilling for me to be able to develop a project from the beginning to the end.
Why Swedbrand? Where you working in the packaging industry before?
Before Swedbrand I was working in fashion retail and I wasn’t involved in the production process.
What attracted me the most about this position was that I would have been fully involved in the production process, I could have followed the supply chain from the beginning to the end, starting from the design to the production and finally the transportation.
I have always been interested in logistics, I even did a Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Use three adjectives to describe Swedbrand.
We know that you are Spanish but you have already lived in different countries. What do you think has represented the biggest challenge for you and why?
I’ve lived in the Netherlands for a year while I was studying, and now I’m based in the UK, where I’ve been living for the past 8 years. Both have been amazing experiences.
Moving to a country where the official language is not your mother tongue is extremely challenging, especially at the beginning. You have to start everything from scratch, no one knows you, employers might not be so familiar with your degree or the university you studied at… So the first months have been quite tough! But then it just gets better and better and what was just a foreign country becomes like a second home.
How is life in London? What do you miss most about Spain?
London is a very nice city, always bustling! You never get tired here, there is always so much to do!
Of course there are many things that I miss about my country, but what I miss the most is definitely the warmth of my people! Spanish people are much warmer! The British are quite cold and reserved, they have their group of friends and it’s very tough to get into it. Spain is the opposite, and this aspect of social life is something I really miss!
Which are your main hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
To be honest, at the moment I don’t really have a hobby. I used to run but I stopped since I hurt my foot, so no sport for me at the moment!
In my free time, I enjoy going out with my friends, trying new restaurants, going to exhibitions. There’s so much to do in London, life can be very intense here!
I also love travelling, I usually go away even just for the weekend. A nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city! I take advantage of the fact that London is such a convenient hub in Europe to travel a bit around here!