Javier Rubio, Project Manager at LafargeHolcim IT EMEA. 

“LafargeHolcim IT EMEA challenged me in every way; it also brought me into a new world of business-applied technology.”

  • Tell us about your journey to LafargeHolcim IT EMEA. 

Well, my journey started six years ago, when I joined the LH IT EMEA Master Data department as a trainee.  One year later, I got the opportunity to join the Project Management department, where I landed at the PMO Support. LafargeHolcim IT EMEA challenged me in every way; it also brought me into a new world of business-applied technology.  My  current position also combined a deep dive into the Scrum methodology – a framework within which we can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively deliver products of the highest possible value. It gave me excellent support and knowledge to become a Scrum Master to move our company towards agile. 

  • What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now? 

These days I’m focused on one initiative that I’m really excited about – Image Recognition tool for cement plants to control access to the maintenance towers. It is one of the most interesting projects so far, we have a rock-star team to develop a prototype, a challenging topic and committed clients. The initiative is really interesting because it involves new technology, business and direct communication with clients.

  • What do you love most about working at LH IT EMEA? 

One of the most special things about working at LafargeHolcim IT EMEA  is the spirit of the company. No matter what company goes through it is always able to keep its positive spirit and change for the better.  

  • What is your secret talent that no one knows about? 

Secret talent? Well, it’s a bit difficult, because one of my talents is transparency! So, all of my talents are shown to the people. (Laughs) But I would say that even if I do not have an IT academic background I’m into the technology and the IT stuff. I really like to explore this area and master my skills and knowledge. 

  • If you had 25 hours a day, how would you use your extra time?

I’ll say that getting one more hour of sleep won’t be so bad, but I would come up with something to do in those hours. These days, I’m really into coding and programing. So, probably I could spend this extra hour on that

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  • What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

There is one piece of advice I got from the job environment. It says “Do or do not. There is no try” it comes from Yoda. It applies very well to my way of thinking.