Olli's successful career path from intern to Head of Product Development
Who: Olli Järvinen, Head of SuiteApp products
My career at Staria began in a salary management internship in 2010 when I was finishing my studies in applied sciences. I was about to graduate as BBA in Financial Management, with only my internship period and thesis left. My internship went well and I continued working in the same team throughout the summer. The summer job became a permanent position and my journey at Staria is still ongoing.
After working for three years as a salary specialist, I was given the position of system consultant, which involved maintaining and developing salary, cost and travel claim, purchase invoice and payment transaction software. I was already one of the admins of the salary management system and responsible for implementations, so the role of system consultant was a logical next step. After working for four years as a consultant, I was given a leading position. First, I worked as project manager with Staria NetSuite team for about a year. From there, I moved over to the position of manager of the support system team. At the end of 2020, I took over the NetSuite SuiteApp business team, including business development and management role. In October 2021 I moved to SuiteApp team completely.
"My responsibilities have changed as I have progressed on my career."
Versatile work schedules and the freedom to organize my own work
I work flexibly from home, regurarly visiting the Tampere office, which is still my home office. Whenever necessary, I also travel to Staria's other offices. In addition to managerial work, my job involves i.e different tasks related to app development and supporting my team with their projects, if needed. So in other words, my current role includes e.g. the following:
- Planning new product features and next releases
- High level monitoring of product development
- Resource planning
- Recruitments (my team is constantly growing)
- Invoicing and business development related matters
When working at the office, it's nice to have lunch together with colleagues and talk about things not related to work. In my free time I like to travel and play football and futsal. I also visit black metal tours to unwind.
"I especially appreciate the liberty to influence the way work progresses and develops. People at Staria are encouraged to develop working solutions to issues and there is a high level of trust in employees’ expertise."
My career development has been possible because as soon as I gained experience I started to take initiative to develop many processes related to my work, resulting to receving more responsibilities. The increased responsibility has encouraged me in turn to develop in my own field of expertise and expand my professional skills. I have also received support for my development through various forms of training. I have worked as the occupational safety representative through the years and have taken trainings in the subject. I have studied different systems and completed the Specialist Qualification in Management.
Continuous development and successful career paths
During my career I have been able to move to roles that I have pursued e.g. through education. In addition, I have been offered additional responsibilities and given the opportunity to develop with new challenges. My current role in the SuiteApp business brings a whole new kind of opportunities and a more diverse field of work. At Staria people are given the opportunity to advance their careers and reach their goals. Staria is an innovative company and is constantly developing new, more efficient ways of working, so Starians have the possibility to change their job content and advance on their careers.