Yara in Porsgrunn needs 20-30 new staff every year “Good skilled workers are available locally, and we find engineers both locally and internationally,” says Arne Øygard, the man responsible for recruitment at Yara for Scandinavia and the UK.
Arne Øygard, the man responsible recruitment at Yara, together with newly recruited staff members Hege Støkke Sundsaasen (left), assistant shift manager at the ammonia plant, and Linn Køtterheinrich, strategic buyer.
Yara in Porsgrunn, with its 540 staff working in production, research and development, group administration, projects and engineering, needs 20-30 new staff members every year. Skilled workers are the category most commonly required, but engineers, specialists and managers in various roles, such as shift managers at the plants, are also in demand.
“We’re keen to find talented experts and good managers. The skilled workers are the people who run the plants round the clock, but everyone is important,” says Øygard.
Finding talented experts locally Yara finds a lot of its operators locally. “There’s a strong culture of shift work and a good process industry tradition here, so we find a lot of decent experts in the field here,” explains Øygard.
Yara accepts 15 or so apprentices each year from upper secondary schools in the region as well. “We have 30 apprentices working in process, logistics and laboratory positions at the moment. We often have good opportunities for talented apprentices,” emphasises Øygard.
Engineers from outside Norway There’s a lot of competition for engineers. The oil and gas industry takes on a lot of them. Yara can’t find enough engineers in Norway. The group offers summer jobs and looks for staff internationally.
– Why do foreign engineers apply for jobs at Yara?
“Yara is renowned outside Norway. Many people view it as an exciting company to work for. Moreover, people are keen on Norway as a country, with its beautiful countryside, high standard of living and outstanding quality of life,” reckons Øygard, who’s very pleased that we can offer international schools and good connections to Europe by sea and air.
Valuable diversity People of a number of nationalities – into double figures – work at Yara in Porsgrunn. In Øygard’s view, this is a positive thing. Norwegian is spoken in production, while English is spoken in administration, management and research.
“Diversity as a background is valuable in itself, and for those of us with the majority of our business overseas, the fact that it’s easier for staff to consider working at plants and markets around the world is a plus,” he says.
– How do you find people? “We use the Internet, search engines in Norway such as Finn.no and websites abroad. We also use the local newspapers a lot, because we’ve found that family and friends pass on information about vacancies here,” explains Øygard.
Yara also works in partnership with colleges.
Two doctoral scholarships “Yara’s research is linked with educational institutions, and we’ve awarded doctoral scholarships to two people working with innovation and industrial economics in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology,” explains Øygard, who has absolute faith in Yara as the place for talented people both now and in the future.