KPA Unicon Oy is a proponent of clean energy that seeks solutions for eco-friendly energy production with the help of highly skilled experts. Chief Human Resources Officer Sisko Kivistö believes that a growing number of job seekers recognize the significance of the work done in the energy sector.
“Environmental values and sustainable development are increasing in importance. We respond to this trend by providing jobs that give people the opportunity to have a global impact on environmental issues. This is reflected by our slogan: energy for good,” Kivistö says.
The challenging nature of KPA Unicon’s work means that the company needs to have the best possible experts in spite of the intense competition for talent. Kivistö says the recruitment campaign launched by the company a year ago has been very successful.
“We have put together a great team! Over the past year, we have recruited about 30 employees as well as some fixed-term personnel to fulfill our summer needs. I’m grateful to Call to Action Oy for their help with the campaign.”
A workplace with a flat hierarchy
One of the new recruits is Operations Manager Arttu Särkkä, who joined KPA Unicon in August 2019. His job at KPA Unicon gives him the opportunity to make use of his previous experience in projects related to energy and power plants. In his previous jobs, Särkkä has sat on the customer’s side of the table, which gives him a useful perspective on things.
“KPA Unicon is a Finnish family company that is growing at a good rate. I saw this as a good opportunity for my professional development. The company also has a nice workplace atmosphere.”
Särkkä says there is a tremendous amount of expertise in the KPA Unicon organization, including a wide range of know-how in power plant design, delivery and maintenance.
The company is characterized by a flat hierarchy. Instead of having to take every decision to the Managing Director, decisions are made where the relevant knowledge is. The flat hierarchy also appeals to Combustion Expert Niklas Vähä-Savo, who joined KPA Unicon in March 2019. He says the company is characterized by a low threshold for asking for advice.
“I specialize in combustion and high temperature chemistry. KPA Unicon has given me the opportunity to learn more about the structure and technology of heat and power plant boilers as well as energy production processes. At the same time, I’ve had the opportunity to share my expertise with others.”
Vähä-Savo’s team includes several young experts who are full of enthusiasm and inspiring to work with. He also appreciates the fact that KPA Unicon gives him the opportunity to work in a broader field than a larger company typically would.
A flexible employer
KPA Unicon puts family values first. Work arrangements are flexible when necessary, allowing employees to balance their work schedules and family schedules. Production Engineer Titta Rantonen is one of many employees who appreciates this flexibility.
“We work hard but we also have a fair amount of freedom when it comes to scheduling our work.”
Rantonen also likes the fact that no two days are alike at KPA Unicon and the work is challenging enough to keep you on your toes. You learn something new every day. She once left the company to gain a new perspective with a different employer, but she later returned to KPA Unicon.
Project Manager Risto Mikkonen joined KPA Unicon in August 2019 after working in the field of household heating systems. He views his job at KPA Unicon as a great opportunity to learn something new.
“I now get to work with larger heating plants than I did in my previous job. KPA Unicon is a strong player in its field.”
He says his first impressions of the company have been positive. He’s been given enough responsibility and he has enjoyed the work. He believes that KPA Unicon’s career paths will also present him with interesting choices in the future, depending on what he wants to do.
The power of teamwork
KPA Unicon adopted a team-based model 1.5 years ago and flattened its organizational structure. The employees have studied how to work in self-directed teams.
“The teams consist of experts in various areas who support each other in projects. We have a tight workplace community and our comprehensive network means help is always available,” says Chief Project Engineer Riku-Pekka Räsänen.
Räsänen describes KPA Unicon as an interesting workplace that is built on a strong foundation and offers motivating challenges in a wide range of jobs related to energy technology, process engineering, electrical engineering and manufacturing technology. Accordingly, Räsänen recommends KPA Unicon as a workplace for people who want to develop professionally and become versatile experts in the energy industry.
“New talent is always needed! Even though we don’t have a special recruitment campaign under way right now, we are always interested in highly skilled and motivated experts,” Chief Human Resources Officer Sisko Kivistö concludes.