Joni Kujala is a real Nordic man in the true sense of the word. Born in Finland, he lives in Sweden and works in Norway. A good mix, which has taken him far in life.
For nine years, Joni worked at the monitoring centre in Sundsvall which monitors TeliaSonera’s mobile network and its services in Sweden. He tried his hand at the roles of monitoring engineer, operations manager and project manager. A good learning ground, which brought him to Norway in 2009. There he was asked whether he wanted to help construct a similar project at Rejlers in Norway for Norwegian company Nødnett.
“I went to Norway for a job interview and I was really anxious beforehand. I was going to be given a proper grilling. Rejlers’ customer was Nokia Siemens Networks and it turned out that the guy who was interviewing me in Norway was a fellow Finn. All at once, we started speaking Finnish and a quarter of an hour later it was all sorted,” laughs Joni.
It has been a challenging journey. The demands for availability and troubleshooting are extremely high in this type of telecommunications project. It simply has to work. The police, ambulance and fire service cannot be without their communications channels. At the same time, Joni was able to get involved in building up Rejlers’ operations in Norway.
“I was employee number 10, but since then we have grown fast,” says Joni.
When Rejlers took over the consultancy and service operations for mobile telephony of TeliaSonera in Norway in May 2012, Joni was responsible for the new department and the integration of the 38 people who came as part of the deal. He worked with a clear focus to help the employees thrive and get them to stay at Rejlers.
When we talk about what makes him happy, he talks about issues of culture.
“It’s all about freedom with responsibility and flexibility. Look at me. I live in Sundsvall with my children and the rest of my family, but my job is in Norway and it works well. There are no pointers from above. If you do a good job, you can progress and test your way forwards. That’s what I like about it.”