Responsible for the entire supply chain, from order to customer delivery, Peter Holmstrand takes on an important role in JobGroup’s business area. A big challenge for him as the company has grown in a short time from being a local player to an international group. But Peter is a safe card with his long experience from a very demanding industry, the automotive industry.
“We are in the middle of an exciting process of change and it is a challenge to find new structures and routines. In particular, it is important to coordinate the various production units in Sweden, Spain and Estonia in order to maximize the synergy effects”, Peter says.
His job can be roughly divided into two areas, purchasing and planning. Peter is responsible for purchasing material for the entire production and the purchase of the products and accessories that JobGroup sells within the trading area. When it comes to planning, Peter is responsible for all the production units in Sweden, Spain and Estonia. Together with the Production Department, he manages the capacity and chooses where to produce what. The head office in Kinna has the largest flow of orders and there they can handle most of the textile production, such as carding, needling, cutting and clothing. In the facility in Estonia they handle cutting and clothing, in Spain weaving, cutting and clothing.
“The different units are good at different things and handle different flows. We at the head office make the most of their unique qualities. By seeing all the production units as a single unit, we can work efficiently and determine where the order is to be produced or if we have it in stock. It makes us flexible and efficient, while we continue to be customer focused”, Peter says.
“My job is exciting in several ways, multifaceted and full of challenges. Supply chain is the company’s heart”, he explains.
Peter who was born and raised in Kinna thrives very well at JobGroup, where he started two years ago, in the middle of a period of rapid expansion. Before that, he had worked for 20 years in the supply chain in the automotive industry.
“The automotive industry is at the forefront when it comes to quality assurance of products, I bring that experience over here with me. One of the major challenges we face is the process of ownership structure that goes from a hierarchical structure to a matrix organization where cooperation with the various departments, eg between sales and R&D, is becoming increasingly important”, Peter explains.
“Building a group is not putting all companies in a bag and shaking it. It is important to have a structural thinking, to have clear goals and processes and see the whole picture”, he explains.