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Senior Engineer, R&D 
  • What is your role within TME?

  • I’m Nolan and I’m from South Africa. I joined Toyota 20 years ago in South Africa and can honestly say I have loved every minute of it – I think of myself as an ambassador for Toyota.  
  • How and why did you join Toyota?

  • I’ve always wanted to be an engineer – seeing how people and things interact and designing things to help. I began my Toyota career working in our Localising department. While working I started to learn and experience the guiding principles of Toyota – respect for people and continuous improvement in everything we do, or Kaizen as the principle is known. It’s part of the Toyota Way, and is embedded in everyone here.  
  • Can you briefly describe your journey through Toyota until now? 

  • Early in my career I was fortunate enough to go to Japan for six months. It was there that I really got to experience the fantastic global culture we have, and it was an eye opener for me. I liked it so much I requested an ICT – that’s an inter company transfer – back to Japan, and in 2008 I went back there to work for two years in R&D. You can do that in Toyota – you just need to drive your own career, but they will support you in what you want to do.
    I’m driven by a passion for cars and design, so after some time back in South Africa, I applied for a new role in R&D at TME, where I’m now a Senior Engineer working in quality planning. TME is a very diverse and inclusive organisation and part of a bigger family we all share the same Toyota DNA. I’ve seen that first hand, and TME is a company that really takes care of its people.  
  • What's it like to work at TME?

  • I think it’s important to understand and accept people’s backgrounds and cultures, and here at TME we have many, many different nationalities. I’m in a global environment now and being open to internationalism and diversity is part of working for Toyota.
  • What do you enjoy most about your job? 

  • I’m very happy in R&D and we have a very good team here. We are working on moving from an automotive company to a mobility company and we have a lot of new concepts to work on. It’s very exciting and I’m proud to work for Toyota. 
    If you are looking for a challenging engineering role where you will learn a lot, you could not find a better company than TME.  
  • What three words best describe working at Toyota? 

  • Challenging, Rewarding, Satisfying.

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