Maria Granados has been working at Klüber Lubrication Mexiko since the first day of its foundation. Now she looks back on the last 29 years.
Maria, how did you come to start working for Klüber Lubrication Mexico?
I started as a secretary when I was 28 years old. In my position only typing, answering the telephone, and taking care of the suppliers who came to see my boss was required. My boss was very interested in our numbers, though, and we had to do everything manually, so he kept me busy.
What are your current responsibilities?
I work in production controlling and am responsible for closing process orders in the system, compiling the manufacturing report, and monitoring our KPI.
What do you like about your job?
My work is very detailed. So I must make sure the data in the system is as accurate as possible and best reflects the current situation. This is important because it gives us insight into how well we are achieving our goals.
In my mind, Germans were very strict and precise. But this changed quickly as I learned from my manager and understood the Klüber Lubrication philosophy.
How do you remember your very first day?
The plant was slightly smaller, I was nervous because I didn’t really understand the business and my boss was very upright and formal. I was intimidated that it was a German company. In my mind, Germans were very strict and precise. But this changed quickly as I learned from my manager and understood the KL philosophy. I experienced a lot of personal growth in those first years.
For you, what is the KL philosophy all about?
To me the most important aspects are the respect for different backgrounds that allows us to work in a multicultural environment, the social responsibility of KL, and the efforts made for sustainability to safeguard the future for new generations, offering an environment in which we can work without fearing risks to our health.
What is one of the most important things you have learned in your time here?
Getting to know different styles of working. Over the years, I have had different bosses with different nationalities and different mentalities. I adapted to work with them and learned a lot from each one.
Back when I started, we still had fax machines. It was a constant evolution because to me personal growth is important.
How would you sum up all these years?
I have learned a lot, my responsibilities changed over time, and I had to adapt to new ways of working. You know, working with computer systems, even using e-mail. Back when I started, we still had fax machines. It was a constant evolution because to me personal growth is important.
What do you still want to achieve?
I really want to master SAP completely and to be able to use the system to its fullest for the good of our company.