I’m Ksenija, I’m from Croatia and I am a Senior Sustainability Specialist at TME in environmental affairs. My first degree was in civil engineering like both of my parents. After that I wanted to do something positive for society so took a master’s in Environmental Technology in Milan.
How and why did you join Toyota?
I applied to TME and joined in 2015 as an Intern working on environmental system certification. Not the sexiest topic to work on, but I really liked it as I found a lot of opportunities to influence my colleagues who were quite open to getting feedback from someone new just starting out on their first job. After that I was offered a graduate position where I was involved in setting up a legal compliance scheme for recycling cars in Europe.
That’s not something you can learn at university, but through setting that scheme up I came to see that TME is a company where you are given space and time to study, time to prepare a solution and that they empower you to deliver the result.
Can you briefly describe your journey through Toyota until now?
Now I’m a Senior Specialist in Sustainability working in the Environmental Strategy Group, where we help to deliver Toyota’s global vision in Europe. What is important to me is that my values are aligned to the company’s and is prioritised for our future.
We are transitioning to a mobility company, so sustainability is very important how to reduce energy consumption, how sustainability works in the ecosystems you are in. As part of that I’m going on a one year sustainability assignment to Tokyo. I’ve travelled a lot with Toyota but I’m really looking forward to seeing how sustainability strategy is created. What’s interesting is that everything is new, and we are developing things from scratch, which is very exciting.
What's it like to work at TME?
At TME we want everyone to be heard, feel empowered and to give their opinion. It’s part of our new 5 C s founded in the Toyota way of respect and teamwork. Toyota is a unique company that works on the principle of solving societal issues and that’s rare in business at Toyota you can do amazing things.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
As part of my new role I’m going on a one year sustainability assignment to Tokyo. I’ve travelled a lot with Toyota but I’m really looking forward to seeing how sustainability strategy is created. What’s interesting is that everything is new, and we are developing things from scratch, which is very exciting.