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Chaimae

Industrial Engineer

What is your role within TME?

I’m Chaimae, I’m from Morocco, where I became an Industrial Engineer, followed by a Masters in Hungary in Engineering Management. Engineer can be a challenging title, particularly if you are female, but I have always been interested in how things work and used to help my father working on his cars. I thought I’d try engineering and see where it took me and here I am in TME, where here you an engineer first and foremost – it doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is.  

How and why did you join Toyota?

I thought I’d try engineering and see where it took me and here I am in TME, where here you an engineer first and foremost – it doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is. I’ve been with TME for nearly two years on the graduate programme as a Manufacturing Quality Engineer here in HQ in Belgium. 

Can you briefly describe your journey through Toyota until now? 

I joined as an Intern in Quality and then became an engineer full time on the graduate  programme. I work in Quality management, particularly in recurrence prevention which means solving issues and making sure that they don’t happen in other plants as well. It’s really interesting. Toyota is such a well known company everywhere. At University everything we learned about quality management was linked to Toyota, so I always wondered what it would be like to work somewhere where the basics of quality management come from. I wanted to know how it was done and if Toyota really followed these principles.  

What's it like to work at TME?

What also attracted me when I started to research the company was the emphasis on multiculturalism. For my master’s I had studied in a very multicultural group and I really liked that, so to combine the two would be a good idea for me. Now that I am here you can see that everyone in Toyota knows the standards and the structure. We have TPS that’s the Toyota Production System and the Toyota Way, and you can see as an engineer the sense in how it works.
If you all follow the same structure and bring your knowledge and perspective to solutions, then it makes it easier to explain your ideas and to propose improvements. The Toyota Way gives us a framework where respect for people, collaboration and teamwork means we are happy in what we are doing, and the size and strategy of Toyota gives us stability and as pioneers in new technologies and ideas a good future. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

Being here is more than I expected. It’s definitely a hard working culture but the rewards are great – I have really enjoyed these last two years as I’m learning so much and now, I’m managing activities by myself.  It’s such a large company but you are treated as an individual and you get responsibility in a really short time. My expectations when I started seeming very small now compared to where I am now. And I love being part of a multicultural team where no one feels like an outsider and is willing to give their best. 

What three words best describe working at Toyota? 

Diverse, Feeling included, Challenging.