Career story: Eva Kallio
“I am still amazed by RELEX’s positive atmosphere. There are so many young, smart people; helping you, challenging you and encouraging you to develop the skills you want.”
Eva Kallio, Business Development Manager at RELEX
Joining the growth
Eva Kallio grew up in a small village outside Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Germany. She took a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (where she specialized in production management and logistics).
After a student placement with MINI (BMW) in the UK she moved to Finland to take a role with Green Event OY and chanced upon RELEX.
“I could see from the RELEX website that the company had begun to target the German market; it had pages in German but at that point it hadn’t secured any German clients,” Eva says.
“I liked the sound of the company. It’s run by young people. It’s innovative, growing fast, and with great references from dozens of leading Nordic retailers it was clearly going places. I thought ‘this is something I want to be part of’ and, maybe, that being German would help me to help RELEX.”
After an initial meeting Eva’s application was passed to Timo Ala-Risku, RELEX’s head of operations in Germany.
“What RELEX looks for is the best and brightest, people who also have an interesting life outside work” says Timo, who is really pleased he decided to hire Eva.
Eva progressed quickly through her traineeship, became a junior project manager in Finland before leading RELEX’s first project in Germany at Kemmler together with Timo.
Eva feels she’s found not just a job but a home.
Never, ever bored
“I was, and I am still absolutely amazed by the positive atmosphere and work environment. There are so many young, smart, bright people; listening to you, helping you, challenging you and encouraging you to develop the skills you want. We work together as a team,” Eva says, pointing out that the same attitude extends outside RELEX to its clients. “Our customers are not just customers. However ‘stupid’ it may sound, we really do make their problems ours.”
RELEX, says Eva, doesn’t just offer a job. It offers a career. “We’re growing so fast that there are new opportunities coming up within the company all the time.” Eventually Eva hopes to be RELEX’s point-person for its German operations. She enjoys being in Finland where she makes the most of the great outdoors, walks in the woods and plays golf regularly.
“And, you know what?,” she adds, “I’m never, ever bored!”
RELEX Solutions is Europe’s fastest growing provider of integrated retail and supply chain planning solutions.
Founded in 2005 to solve the toughest challenges in demand forecasting, inventory optimization, and replenishment automation through technology, RELEX’s proprietary In-Memory database delivers results over 100 times faster than traditional alternatives.
Following its 2016 acquisition of Galleria RTS, RELEX also offers consumer-focused automated category optimization, space and assortment planning solutions. Leading retailers and suppliers around the world use RELEX systems to cut inventory and wastage costs, boost availability, and increase sales and margins.
RELEX Solutions employs around 230 people globally.
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