Member of Sales Dept. ／Joined April 2013
As a sales representative, I visit various customers to negotiate prices and to prepare and submit estimates, including trading companies and die cast manufacturers. In addition to the general-purpose products specified by the JIS standard, I'm also involved in selling the special alloys we develop. If a customer has a certain problem, I pass it on to the other branches and the Research and Development Dept. to get the issue resolved. I also support a sales clerk, who now works on a reduced schedule.
We're a raw materials manufacturer, and our products are raw materials intended for use by our customers, who process the materials into new products.
I've toured our customers' plants from time to time. Seeing sites where people use our products strengthens my commitment to my job.
I also feel a sense of satisfaction as a member of a company when I can improve profits or help with new development projects, or if I can improve the trust our customers have in us.
I wasn't all that familiar with the aluminum industry when I started. The more I learn, the more profound it seems. I learn a lot every day. I'm happy I can enhance and develop the relationships of trust established over many years by my predecessors. There aren't many saleswomen in this industry, but one advantage is people remember my face.
I work hard, with an eye on becoming our company's first female manager!
I like doing my own nails. On days when I go home early or on holidays or weekends, I do and color my nails. I also like to go bedrock bathing to recharge from the daily wear and tear. I return refreshed so I can get back to working with my usual energy the next day.
Member of the Research and Development Dept. ／
Joined July 2016
My duties in the Research and Development Dept. include prototyping and testing aluminum alloys to meet various customer needs. In cooperation with the Nikkei Research and Development Center, my work involves developing aluminum alloys, which happens to be one of our company's strengths. Working with sales, I visit customer sites to explain and propose the alloys we develop and encourage their adoption and use. I also provide various follow-up services, like investigating any factors that lead to defects in customer products.
It's rewarding to work in manufacturing and to play a role in creating new products by various manufacturers. We address aspects like how we can help make products that deliver even higher performance and countering product defects.
My work's fun. The opportunity to talk to customers directly lets me learn about a lot of different topics.
When you hear Research and Development Dept., you may think we do most of our work sitting at our desks. Actually, we do a lot of physical work--for example, forging 120 kg ingots. That's an excellent workout.
Since we need to be familiar not just with materials but manufacturing methods and products, I put in a lot of time in studying. I think this section is deeply involved in a wide range of products.
The Group includes overseas companies in the United States, Mexico, China, Thailand, India, and elsewhere. You have a chance to be part of a global project when, for example, projects underway in Japan are going to be deployed overseas.
I often just spend my days at home doing this or that, but sometimes I go to see music festivals or live concerts.
Even on weekdays, I sometimes adjust my workload so I can go see a live performance in Nagoya.
Member of the NIKKEI MC ALUMINUM AMERICA, INC. ／
Joined April 2008
My main job is to provide the support needed to ensure plant production goes smoothly.
Specifically, together with local employees, I work on improvements in working methods and equipment, systems adoption, and related tasks.
Before being posted overseas, I worked mainly on tasks that involved improving and adopting plant equipment.
Ever since, I've felt my work is most rewarding when I see my own ideas take shape and generate results.
I work at the office with people from different cultures every day. The opportunities here to come up with new concepts and ideas that never would have occurred to me in Japan help strengthen my own skills.
Whatever the task, what you can accomplish by yourself is limited. That's when colleagues help us out.
It's a characteristic of this company that it has so many colleagues that meet this description. If I come across something I don't understand in my work, I ask my senior colleagues. They're delighted to help me understand.
The opposite's true, too. Sometimes my senior colleagues will ask me questions. The company has a very open atmosphere.
There are many things I don't understand, yet I learn something new every day. I enjoy my work very much because I get to work with colleagues like this every day.
I spend most of my free time on weekdays commuting between home and work. On weekends, I try to go out with my family--for example, to go shopping or to watch a sporting event.
The town where I live offers a spectacular abundance of natural surroundings. Just going for a drive is refreshing.