We received new colleagues in early September when the KL-Kuntahankinta employees started their work at Hansel as existing employees. We already knew them from the merger preparations, and we were eagerly expecting to start working in the same office. The first months went by trying to learn the new practices and creating joint operating methods.
Heidi Litmanen is a procurement expert in the Procurement Support Unit. Her work is quite different from her previous assisting duties, and preparing the first tendering projects for customers is inspiring.
“Learning something completely new and assisting the customers in obtaining the products and services they need is interesting,” Litmanen mentions, summing up her new work duties.
Lovely and competent people
The new Hansel employees say that the transfer to a larger organisation has changed their operating methods. They have fewer duties now that the same person is no longer responsible for the entire joint procurement agreement life cycle, but they can drill deeper into their own area of responsibility.
Harri Ojala, who is now a category manager in security technology and security services, has prepared his first preliminary reviews and will complete his first tendering processes in 2020. He says that it has been easy to adapt to the Hansel team.
“Discussions on, for instance, the markets of my industry with new colleagues and other new parties have been interesting. I’m also eagerly expecting the future cooperation in framework agreement tendering project teams consisting of people with versatile expertise,” Ojala shares.
The newcomers praise the good team spirit and enthusiasm. All of them also agree that the head office is at a great location in the main post office building in Helsinki and that working in a modern multi-functional environment has assisted them in getting to know their colleagues and their operating methods.
Hansel’s service portfolio is attractive
Tendering consultants are involved in customer-specific tendering and joint procurement tendering. Antti Tuukkanen has already completed his first projects, and is about to begin a joint procurement project.
“I have received excellent support from the competent lawyers in my projects. I’m currently studying the joint procurement work instructions,” says Tuukkanen, who has previously worked with tendering.
Minna Halonen, an account manager who has homes in two locations, is very pleased with the opportunity to work independently anywhere. She works with customer requirements and serves customers particularly in the provinces of Häme, Pirkanmaa and Ostrobothnia.
“I was heavily involved in the preparation of the merger. Now, I’m happy to visit the customers to consider solutions to facilitate and develop their procurement. I used to represent the customer organisations of KL-Kuntahankinnat, and I’m sure that my experience from both sides of the table will benefit me in the work with the customers,” Halonen says.