Marco, how has your career at Brenntag in Chile developed in the past 20 years?
My dad has been a truck driver all his life, working 25 years transporting products for Brenntag Chile. When I was in school, he told me stories of his work and the risks of the products that are handled here. For me, he was a super hero who lived every day faced with risks and returning home safely. I admired him and wanted to be like him.
When the opportunity arose, I presented myself at the offices of the company when I was 19 years old and I passed the selection process. I started at Brenntag mostly dedicated to housekeeping, quickly moving on to become Junior Operator of the drum filling plant and after that Plant Senior Operator working in the truck station.
I continued to be Supervisor of the warehouse and later yard Supervisor. As you can see I actually had worked in all areas in Operations before being promoted to my current position as Plant Supervisor. I’m now responsible for planning, executing and controlling various activities such as the filling plant for containers, bulk truck loading/unloading, and plant mixtures.
However, above all, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and integrity of my team. This is made up of two people in the Mixing and Blending plant, three in the truck station and eight in the drum filling station. Additionally, I am also Head of the internal Emergency Brigade. As Plant Supervisor it is my task to connect all aspects of sustainability in my daily work.
What would you say is the best part of your job?
By far, the best part of my job is working with the team I lead. I have a team that supports me and accompanies me in all that I do, with the ability to work with joy. It is a team that takes care of each other and that encourages one another. Everybody can learn from each other. It already starts in the early morning when I gather the team to make the five minute CASA* talk.
In this talk before starting to work I address issues of quality, safety, or environment that are relevant to the work planned for the day. I see it as my responsibility as team leader that we reach our homes safely every day and therefore I put a lot of emphasis on our CASA program and the daily realization of its core messages. Thinking of sustainability and acting to its principles is the basis of my daily work.