Meet GE Group employees

Are you wondering what it is like to work at Gram Equipment?

It means teaming up with some of the sharpest brains in a market leading company. Whether it is in the details and quality of the products we design and build, the solutions we sell or the service we give to our customers, we bring passion to our daily work.

Please click below to find out how it is to work at Gram Equipment and to meet some of our employees who tell who they are and give a glimpse into the world of Gram Equipment

Emre Suner

Planning Engineer

Education: Industrial Engineer
Employed since: March 2017
Location: Izmir, Turkey
Fun fact:
I like to do Pilates, read science fiction books, and watch TV shows.

MY BACKGROUND

I have been in the industrial environments for six years, working as a planning/controlling engineer. For a long time, I always wanted to be at the core of production and planning in the industry. I am keen on analyzing and optimizing project plans/workflows. I have a huge ambition to involve and participate in the team and to be an essential part of the project execution. Regardless of what I have been doing so far, I am looking forward to improving myself in different aspects with advanced projects and be an all-around engineer at GE.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

In the S&OP team, I can investigate and work on the projects, whether they are feasible or not. Doing this kind of case is one of the primary goals that I always wanted to do as an engineer. Interacting with other departments, challenging with the obstacles coming from the outsources, and overcome these stuff to execute the projects are the things that improve me to be a better engineer in a smooth way.

WHAT I DO

As a Planning Engineer in the S&OP team, I am responsible for the planning of projects which are in the quotation phase and determining the lead times to receive them or not. If the quotation is accepted, my main job is to work on the planning in detail with every feature and resource are assigned and release it to my colleagues and managers; ready for execution. In addition to that, examining the actual labor-hour status, comparing the budgets, and material cost for projects is another job to do.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

When I arrive at the factory, my first thing to do is to have breakfast and get a cup of tea, and then I check my agenda for an overview and list the things that I will do. After that, I check my e-mails, the latest quotations, and ready to go for the job list one by one. At the end of the day, I review my list and rearrange my further jobs for tomorrow.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is the working ambiance and my colleagues. Being in an energetic, positive, and comfortable environment makes me motivated to do my job better and challenge everything easily. In GE, I am truly happy for the attitudes of all, and being a member of this team is very joyful.

Jarl Møller Banke

Product Owner

Education: BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Employed since: May 2017
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact:
I love when things break, and I must get my hands dirty, trying to fix them.

MY BACKGROUND

I’ve always known that I wanted to work with something mechanical and have tried to steer my work life towards my hobbies and interests. And since I always loved spending time taking things apart, figuring out how they work and solving problems with them, it was clear for me that I should aim for something in the engineering field.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

What made me want to join Gram Equipment was the fact that I got the opportunity to work with large scale, highly mechanical industrial equipment.

WHAT I DO

I maintain the design of a part of our program of filling machines for cup-, cone-, and bulk ice cream products. My responsibility is to keep the basic design up to date, adapt each equipment to a specific project and customer, and to evolve the machines and designs to be even better.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

My days always revolve around some state in a design process, and this can be the first phase of idea generation, reviewing different design strategies, or seeing and testing an actually finished machine in the workshop.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part is that I get to draw up my ideas for solving some issues, that each day comes with a new problem, that needs a new design, process, or merely another way of thinking to be addressed.

Karen Bækgaard

Head of Global Business Development / After Sales & Service

Education: MSc in Politics
Employed since: April 2019
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact:
I have walked the Camino alone, I enjoy a good glass of port (preferably tawny) and have crocheted a scarf for my favorite football team.

MY BACKGROUND

It was not written in my educational cards that I would turn towards business. But I was always drawn towards optimization and development through the “magic” of analyses and the possibilities of navigation in a business, the clear, new insights offer. I find it greatly energizing when people with different experience and educational backgrounds put their heads together and create more value than the sum of the individuals.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

I was intrigued by the journey, Gram Equipment set out for. Being part of the growth in business and all the internal processes. The diversity of profiles in the company lets me unfold my strengths and elevate it in combination with the knowledge of colleagues.Also, I must admit that I am not dissatisfied with helping the world to eat great ice cream.

WHAT I DO

I work with developing our business in After Sales and Service. Having the right offerings, value creating mechanisms and approach to the markets on the After Sales side is crucial in our business.

I believe in a fact-based approach to qualifying our decision making, so I focus on combining the deep experience, we have in the organization, with analytical insights. Furthermore, I assist the company in strategy development with process and insights to Group Management.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

I live in Copenhagen and spend days each week in Kolding or Hamilton, so my days differ quite a lot. Sitting in different locations, I spend a lot of time working with colleagues online. Besides, I fly like a bird in Excel to qualify our discussions and decisions by what we know.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

For sure, the best part of my job is a good discussion with colleagues on business decisions, balancing all perspectives and creating a good plan. I appreciate the openness everywhere in the company, which I see as a great strength in our company.

Ridvan Başaran

Site Supervisor

Education: BA Mechanical Engineering
Employed since: November 2013
Location: Global
Fun fact:
I am a big fan of nature; in my spare time I enjoy hiking and long walks.

MY BACKGROUND

Science has fascinated me since my childhood, and I have always been a very curious person who would try to find out how and why things work and discover how products are made. Mechanical Engineering has been the perfect career choice for me because solving problems, finding creative solutions and working with others keep me excited each day. Being satisfied with your own job is important to me and If I were to make a choice again, I would definitely choose the same career path.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

Gram Equipment is an international company leading the ice cream machinery market and it is undoubtedly a good choice for people who would like to develop their skills and achieve their goals. Being able to develop my engineering skills, feeling useful and valued as a team member, all these things are meaningful to me and when I joined the company, I realized that it was the right decision.


WHAT I DO

I work as Site Supervisor and I am responsible for the installation and maintenance of the machines. I monitor and coordinate the progress of the projects and ensure compliance with site safety regulations. I supervise local workers and subcontractors and train and educate the operators who will use the machine after the installation.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

On a daily basis I monitor and record the installation progress and coordinate and schedule the activities of the workers and subcontractors. Most of the time I am in a close contact with the project manager.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is that I am part of a company that leads ice cream machine industry and provides innovative solutions and global services.

Ildikó Kicsi

Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant

Education: MA Business, Language & Culture
Employed since: February 2018
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact:
Amateur photographer and cross-fit lover.

MY BACKGROUND

It took me a long time to find my career niche, but I was always interested in marketing and communication, especially in visual and online communication. I have a great passion for understanding, analyzing, and communicating complex and multi-layered projects. At the same time, I enjoy creating content for marketing purposes that are utilized in offline or online channels.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

I was intrigued by the company’s niche business profile, which continually challenges me to think out of the box and to transfer the sometimes-boring drawings and pictures of machinery into appealing visual material.

WHAT I DO

I work as a Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant. My primary role is to maintain the global image and the brand of Gram Equipment, both within and outside the organization. Furthermore, it is my job to support my colleagues with visual content for different projects and channels. My greatest challenge is to effectively juggle between assignments, which can change from one day to another – but this is also what I enjoy most of my job.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

Due to the ever-changing nature of my job, I cannot really describe a typical workday. I usually start the day early and always with the creative assignments first.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is the international setting, as it continually motivates me to improve and evolve in my career and learn new things every day.

Thomas Jollmand

Line Coordinator

Education: Industry Technician // Leadership
Employed since: October 2006
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact:
In my spare time, I enjoy running and spending time with my family and friends.

MY BACKGROUND

I started my education at Gram Equipment in the year 2000. Since 2006 I have worked 11 years in our production as an industry technician and Team leader. In 2017 I started in the production management office where I have worked as Production Assistant and after that PTA. In February 2020, I got the opportunity to be a Line Coordinator.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

Gram Equipment is a global and exciting company to work for. There are many possibilities, and you currently get involved in Lean and efficiency projects across the organization. These projects contribute to making Gram Equipment better and enable us to deliver a thoroughly tested product in high quality to all our customers across the globe.


WHAT I DO

My primary task is to coordinate mounting, test, pre-FAT, and separation of sales orders conc. CPL (Complex Production Lines) and to ensure that the equipment is tested thoroughly together with other involved parties in the project before we ship it to the customer.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

My workday is never the same, which is also highly motivating in my job.There are always new challenges where I do my best to support production, and together with industry technicians, engineers, and project managers find solutions that, in the end, make us even better.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is my colleagues – but besides that, Gram Equipment offers you huge opportunities to grow professionally and personally concerning education/courses across the organization.

Kirsten H. Jakobsen

HR Business Partner

Education: MA Business Administration
Employed since: August 2016
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact:
 After my studies, I traveled through 6 West-African countries in a truck with a driver and my boyfriend at that time.

MY BACKGROUND

I was born in a small town in Western Jutland and studied a master’s in business administration in Aarhus. My first job was being PA to the Global Head of HR in Maersk and that is how my HR journey and my interest of working with people and culture started. I have now worked with HR for more than 25 years.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

I really feel proud being part of a market-leading company producing quality ice cream equipment. Also, I like to work in an international setting with lots of good and dedicated colleagues around the globe. And then – who does not like the end product of our brilliant equipment.

WHAT I DO

I work as HR Business Partner and I have a wide variation of tasks. Overall, I work closely with GE managers to develop and maintain an HR agenda that supports the strategy of GE. Besides that, I am responsible for recruiting the best people to GE and for our trainee programmes. I am also part of the development, planning and execution of people and organizational development projects. And finally, I work closely with Marketing on communication and employer branding initiatives.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

A typical workday is hard to describe because it varies a lot. It may include meetings with candidates to hire the best people to GE, meetings with managers and colleagues, employer branding initiatives, various administration such as employee contracts, on-boarding processes, and much more.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is that I get to do all that I can to create a great workplace for my colleagues. I also enjoy the variation and the daily contact with so many of my colleagues across the organization. In GE, the atmosphere is informal, and you can get all the responsibility that you want – only the sky sets the limit – and that is very motivating.

Juan P. Molano

Regional Sales Manager – LATAM I

Education: Mechanical Engineer, Specialized in Sales & Marketing Strategic Management
Employed since: September 2013
Location: Colombia
Fun fact: Amateur soccer player, part of the parent’s team of my daughter, Isabella´s school, a fan of Real Madrid and deeply in love with my family.

MY BACKGROUND

In my early days, I worked in car insurance and, shortly after, three fantastic years in aviation selling turbine engines and service for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines (propeller engines). In looking for more opportunities, I went to SKF (bearings – Swedish Company), where I developed businesses with various industrial segments, but also at maximum my communication and relationship skills, along with traveling around LATAM, getting to know all its diversity and culture. After almost four years, I was contacted by NSK (bearings – Japan), and they gave me the responsibility of developing the Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile markets. Finally, in January 2013, someone (my current boss) asked me to come work for the greatest company I have ever been working. Here to do the most wonderful job for supporting the Ice Cream business in LATAM, where I found hidden the excellent engineering for making the most extraordinary and delicious treats which charm both kids and adults.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

Always looking forward to something challenging where I apply and test all my professional and personal skills, Gram Equipment opened its doors to immerse myself in the ice cream business and contribute to the business development. Additionally, working for this Danish company has given me a lot of global insights, and I found very nice people and high culture.

WHAT I DO

I work as a Regional Sales Manager in Latin America; my primary role is to maintain and develop Gram businesses in the region. My objective is to build strong relationships with customers for getting 100% loyalty and have a progressive win to win business scenery, showing all GE capabilities, service, and others to become the best partner for our customers.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

Every day is different with new challenges and tasks, my focus is discipline, emailing early in the morning, conference calls with my DK colleagues, then facing customers as much as I can to enforce their confidence to me, our Gram Equipment team and machinery.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is to work in this fantastic company; I am surprised and very thankful for my team and all coworkers, which contribute daily for my work. Not forgetting that international business was always my dream and be involved in this role and be part of this great team makes me very happy.

Susie Xi Chen

Technical Sales Supporter

Education: BscEcon; MA – Cross Cultural Communication
Employed since: November 2017
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact: Officially terrible gardener; passionate with latin dances Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.

MY BACKGROUND

In 2005, my career started as Civil Servant in the Municipal Foreign Affairs Office in Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in Eastern China, with the major responsibility as fostering friendly relationship between the city and Europe. Four years later, I decided to work for private sectors. That was also when machinery came into the picture. In the following six years, I worked in food packaging machinery industry, first as International Project Coordinator in a Chinese brewery equipment company, then as Sales Support Manager in KHS Group – one of the world leading suppliers of filling and packaging systems. After having been a full time mother of two boys for two years, I am now more than glad to set sail on my career again.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

Due to my study, I have always been interested in working in multi-national environment. The same chemistry happened when I read about Gram Equipment’s profile. Especially that Gram Equipment has a trading company in Shanghai and targets itself ambitiously in the Chinese ice cream market, convinced me to seek for my potential here.

WHAT I DO

Well, in short, we make quotations and a bit more. As Technical Sales Supporter, our major role is similar to an “internal project manager” for an inquiry from its timeline all the way to an order. We take the lead in coordinating between sales, engineering, planning, shipping, finance, and sometimes project management and after sales, etc., to eventually work out a proposal for customer. Besides, we also support by drawing layout, making Project Approval for potential orders, and issue COF and many others.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

I would normally start my workday by checking our TSS mailbox, Sold Order mailbox and of course my inbox. As our job to a great extent counts on engineering departments, in the morning I often prioritize scheduling meetings with project stakeholders. Then the rest of the day will be occupied with projects investigation, quotation formulation, or layout, PA or COF issuance.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

While asked about my job, my answer is often: it is just challenging enough to make it interesting. There are actually many reasons to keep me enjoying in this job: a brand-new area (and it’s ICE CREAM!), new skills learned, the fun in organizing various parties and communicating. But the best part of it is my colleagues. We are all different, but we have fun working together. We care about and help each other. You just know that you will never be left alone. And that is the best part of my job.

Sandra L. Jørgensen

Technical Design Apprentice

Education: Technical Design
Employed since: January 2020
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact: I enjoy camping, roller skating and spending time with my family and son.

MY BACKGROUND

For almost 6 years I have worked as a waitress and I have tried a lot of different things to find my right place in life. I wanted a career change and therefore I started reading about the education Technical Designer. What caught my attention with that education is that it has a lot of possibilities and is a good base for further studies. What I also like is that you can be innovative and improve machines and technology.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

I chose GE because they offer their apprentices a lot of advantages that other companies don’t, and then it is a really exciting company which is always in development within the ice cream business.

WHAT I DO

I work as Technical Designer in the Extrusion team where we have a lot of product drawings and design and develop machines to various customers within ice cream. That makes it very important to communicate well and understand each other in the team.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

I do not have two days that are the same. One day I can work on product drawings or update of drawings, another day I work on machines that are being developed and customer sized to customers that have specific request for us in order to produce their products. There is a lot of variation which I like very much.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is definitely my fantastic colleagues. We have a great team and a good relation to each other. Besides that I really love to come to a place that you really like and where everybody helps each other and are happy. At GE you have a lot of possibilities to develop personally and professionally.

Line Kirkegaard

ERP Consultant

Education: MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Employed since: December 2018
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Fun fact: I used to run 1 mile when competing with my track and field team in high school.

MY BACKGROUND

With a background as Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, it was not given that I would end up in the IT department. However, I love digging into how systems work and being able finding the best ways of using them optimally to achieve the best work procedures. I was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Jutland. When I was 18 my family and I moved to the US (Virginia) where I finished high school. There, I met a lot of new people and a completely different everyday life. This made me realize that I thrive in an international environment and I like talking to many different people.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

It is a market leading company with a dedicated work culture. Furthermore, it is a company that delivers complex products and has many departments that need to work together in order to succeed.

WHAT I DO

I primarily work with the new ERP system (Business Central) and the systems that fit into the Microsoft palette (PowerBI and SharePoint); however, I also support our current ERP, Navision. My primary task is to make sure the system supports work procedures by understanding the requirements from the different departments and translating them into system needs.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

Configure the system, testing processes, coding data extractions and corrections, talking to my co-workers to understand a current process, then finding out how the flow of the process looks like in the new system.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of my job is that I both get to write code and dig into configurations, but also get around in the company to support a lot of dedicated and nice coworkers. Furthermore, I have some very good colleagues that make it all more fun.



David Castello Cogollos

Supervisor in the Service Department

Education: Certificate of Higher Education in Industrial Equipment
Employed since: May 2015
Location: Global
Fun fact: In my spare time, I love running and doing a bit of bodybuilding. I like to read books as well, especially science books and historical novels.

MY BACKGROUND

Since I was a kid, I liked to understand how things work, so I started by disassembling my toys. I always enjoyed working with my hands and figuring out how to fix the broken things.

When I finished my primary education, I decided to start learning about Cooling Plants and Refrigeration. Once I finished, I continued with a Higher Education in Industrial Equipment.

I did some practice works in an Ice Cream Company in Spain, and they offered me a job. I worked for them for more than 13 years. My main job all these years was to give a solution to diverse challenges with the machinery and projecting improvements to avoid future issues. I joined Gram Equipment five years ago.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

Gram Equipment is a referent brand in the Ice Cream Industry. There were Gram Equipment machines in my previous job, and I loved the technology and solutions used in those machines. I was also attracted by the idea of traveling around the world, working in different facilities, and meeting new people.

WHAT I DO

A part of a Supervisor’s job is to guide and execute the installation and commissioning of the new Equipment. We must deliver the machines to our customers with the right performance and efficiency. On the other hand, we often support our customers servicing the Equipment and installing upgrades for older Equipment as well.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

Usually, my workday starts when I leave the hotel for our customers’ facilities. I spend there around 9 or 10 hours daily. Depending on the job to execute, sometimes the customer supplies the workforce, so we must supervise these people. On some other occasions, we work alone since the work doesn’t require any help. In any case, we spend most of the day between manual tasks and consulting technical drawings.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The satisfaction you feel when you install a new line from scratch until you get the Take Over Certificate (TOC), is the best feeling I ever had at work.

Imagine a huge room empty, and after a few weeks, there must be a completely new machine, working with at least 98% efficiency. It’s a nice challenge. Once we get the TOC signed, the customer is happy, and we are even more satisfied. First, for the job well done and second because we can go back home with our families.

Andrew Scassero

Purchasing Agent

Education: Associate of Science, Business Administration, soon BSc.
Employed since: September 2018
Location: Hamilton, NJ – USA
Fun fact: I enjoy fishing, camping, golfing, and spending time with my family.

MY BACKGROUND

After graduating from high school in 2004, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, where I proudly served for ten years. As a Storekeeper, I learned valuable purchasing skills that I still apply to my job today. Currently using my GI Bill benefits to earn my Bachelor’s degree and improving my knowledge for purchasing and business.

WHY I WANTED TO WORK FOR GRAM EQUIPMENT

I was in a job that wasn’t right for me, and when I started searching for a new one, I found Gram Equipment and the idea of working for a manufacturer that made machines that produced ice cream sounded cool. As a bonus, I get to tell my kids that I work for a company that makes ice cream machines, and they seem to like that.


WHAT I DO

As a Purchasing Agent, it is my responsibility to process the daily list of purchases, and quotes that come my way. I also engage in projects to help reduce the cost of our products to either lower our list price for our customers or increase the company’s profit margin. Also, I work with the Purchasing Supervisor to help provide suggestions of what stock to decrease and/or increase.

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

My typical workday consists of processing the daily list of orders. Also, I work in cohesion with the customer service team to provide accurate quotes for our items and their lead times.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

The best part of this job is definitely the people I work with as we get along really well. It reminds me of the many different crews I worked within the Coast Guard and something that I lacked at my last job.