Paula has long experience in the rubber and seal industry as well as in international procurement for the machinery and equipment industry. At FinnProfiles, she is responsible for all the company’s raw material purchases.
“FinnProfiles stocks various grades of silicone, rubber, and plastic, among other things. My daily work includes, for example, tracking material orders and purchasing costs. In addition, I am responsible for tendering for the procurement of raw materials.”
FinnProfiles orders standard grades of stock from certain suppliers with whom they have a long-term customer partnership. According to Paula, this approach works well and is sustainable.
“In addition to price, quality and reliability of supply play a significant role in purchasing. Overall success is certainly best achieved through partnerships.”
“Cooperation is on a solid foundation when the supplier realizes that FinnProfiles’ customers are those they are ultimately serving.”Paula Anttisaari, Purchasing Manager
However, FinnProfiles’ customers often require special materials and they are ordered based on customer needs.
“Our sales team and designers always have a discussion with the customer first to make sure that the designed seal confirms customer requirements the object needing to be sealed sets on the seal itself. Is the seal exposed to high temperatures or chemicals, for example? Are there special requirements for the seal’s fire resistance? Once the requirements are defined, I acquire a suitable raw material for the solution, and a prototype is produced for the customer.”
Paula describes her working method as really crossfunctional. In FinnProfiles’ own organization, partners include product development and sales, as well as production.
“Cooperation is on a solid foundation when the supplier realizes that FinnProfiles’ customers are those they are ultimately serving.”