Tobias Dubois - The man in Sweden
Espotel has started up its operations in Sweden and the first man in place is the M.Sc. Tobias Dubois.
"I expect an exciting challenge. I am the first one here on site and it will be a lot of different things that need to be done, in practical terms, to get everything to work", said Tobias, who was interviewed during one of his first days at Espotel.
"It will be a lot of fun to work with Finland and Finns. I have previously not been working that much with Finns, but it doesn’t seem to be much of a difference in the work culture compared to Sweden. In Finland they seem to take decisions faster than we do in Sweden."
Tobias roots goes all the way back to the Walloons in Belgium, but his family has lived in Sweden at least since the 1600 's.
Dubois comes from the town Avesta in Dalarna, about 160 kilometers Northwest of Stockholm. His father was a contractor and has worked with, among other things, sales.
Dubois knew as early as 9-years-old, that he wanted to be an engineer.
"I already knew then, that engineering is an exciting job. Or at least I thought I knew anyway."
It was really exciting for Tobias when he worked at Bombardier in Vasteras. The company designs and manufactures for instance drive systems for trains.
"I got to work a lot with underground projects mostly in New Delhi and London. They were very exciting and educative projects. I also had the great opportunity of being in New Delhi during the Commonwealth Games as well as in London during the 2012 Olympics."
Tobias was in place as a member of several teams that were responsible for that the underground trains would work during the events.
"It was extremely important that the trains would work during these big events. We could not have any problems with the trains due to the large public pressure in connection to the games", he says.
"We had to ensure that we had the right and sufficient staff in place, and that we had the right amounts of spare parts available. In addition, we had to plan maintenance on the trains so that there would be no problems in passenger traffic."
"I was there as part of a team in order to ensure the support and to keep the customer happy. It was an awful lot of jobs but a great time. We did a huge job and it went incredibly well. I'm very proud to have been part of the team."
Tobias keeps fit
Exercise is very important for Tobias. He has played sports actively throughout his life.
"As a junior it was football, hockey and golf. Later even a little volleyball."
Now he has almost entirely switched to triathlon and trail running. In addition, some cross country skiing and downhill skiing in the winter, weather permitting.
He spends much of his time out in nature and engage in outdoor activities along with his family and dog. The family consists of his wife Maria who is a physiotherapist. The two children Tora and Alve who is 2.5 years and 6 months old, and the Finnish Lapphund Frö.
"The children require a lot of energy, but it's really great with children."
Master of science in industrial engineering and management
Tobias will turn 35 years next year and have lived in Västerås for almost eight years.
"I have a master of Science degree in industrial engineering and management with focus on quality and mechanical engineering. I'm not a computer engineer and have no deep technical training", he says.
"My wife and I moved to Västerås due to the fact that it is a large industrial town with a lot of companies and workplaces. In addition, there is a large hospital, where my wife could work."
After the time at Bombardier Tobias ended up at Scania.
"When I switched jobs from Bombardier I wanted to work with software, but it was not so, I ended up at Scania, which was a very exciting task, but perhaps not what I really wanted to do."
I want that job!
Tobias found the Espotels job opening ad on Linkedin.
"It was through Linkedin that I found the job opening. LinkedIn rarely make a perfect match with their proposals, but this time it was a direct hit. I said right away, that's exactly what I want to do. This job would give me the opportunity to work with both software and hardware development, so it's just plain the dream job", he describes.
"It was also rather odd, because when I looked more closely at the advertisement it stated that the Office was located in Västerås, where I live. I googled a bit on the company and did not find Espotel in Västerås, which seemed odd. I then called Juha Ojaniemi, who was the contact person in the ad and understood that the idea was to start a new office in Västerås."
"It sounded like a great challenge, and it only strengthened my interest for the job", Tobias adds.
"I have not myself been a developer for hardware or software, but I have been involved quite a lot in the area during my time at Bombardier's when I was working as a Project Product Introduction Manager. In the role it was part of my responsibility to understand faults and errors and ensure that we solved problems to kept the customer happy. During this time a gained an understanding of what embedded systems do and what you have to do to get them to work."
What are you expecting you of time at Espotel?
Tobias thought it was very interesting to visit Espotel the first time.
"I was talking to a lot of people, both managers and other persons and I spontaneously thought that it seemed to be a very good atmosphere there. Everyone was very helpful and all greeted and welcomed me, I felt like it's a good drive in the company."
"I expect an exciting challenge. I am the first one here on site and it will be a lot of different things that need to be done, in practical terms, to get everything to work. Finding new customers and get into the business processes and overall knowledge of Espotel will be the first things to do", he says.
"I also have expectations of exciting tasks and challenging projects and of course to develop professionally and learn more about the development of embedded systems."
Tobias will build up the Office in Västerås in close collaboration with his colleagues in Finland and Poland. The idea is, that the Office shall grow and that we will employ more people.
"It has all gone very fast. The first day at work I flew to Finland and Espotel in Espoo. It's been full speed ahead from the first day."
The location of the Office in Västerås has to do with the fact that there are many potential customers in the city.
Västerås is a city with a lot of industrial presence and the region around Västerås and Stockholm is very strong in several areas, for example automation. There are several opportunities with all the major companies located here. ABB, Bomabrdier, Westermo, Enics, Westinghouse and others are potential customers.
"We have exciting ongoing projects in Västerås, and hopefully there will be more to come soon. Västerås and Mälardalen is a strong basis for us", says Tobias at the end of the interview.
You can reach Tobias at +46 730 323 318 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.