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Employee Voice 2 (Jonathan & Miwa)

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[Name] Jonathan Ellis

[Business Unit] Industrial Materials

[Company] Sumiden Wire Products Corp. (SWPC)

[Education] Mechanical Engineering

[Position] Senior Engineer

[Years in SEI] 11years

[Hobbies] Running, Camping

*All the contents stated here are based on the interview that was held in 2012.


1. What are the details of your career to date?

Prior to starting my professional career at SWPC in 2000, I worked for several companies in the automotive industry in student internships. My work for these organizations involved electric motor and filtration technology.

In my current position at SWPC, I manage the quality department and focus on continuously improving our products and processes.

2. Why did you decide to join Sumitomo Electric Group?

I considered it a great opportunity to join an organization with such a longstanding reputation of worldwide success. SWPC continues to portray a genuine commitment to excellence, leadership in the market, and continued growth.

3. What has been most rewarding aspect of your experience at Sumitomo Electric Group?

I have enjoyed working with our entire team to develop new products and take them to the market place. Understanding what a customer desires in a product and determining how to manufacture that product can be a difficult, but rewarding process.

4. What is the best piece of career advice you can offer people who are seeking a job with Sumitomo Electric Group?

Always strive to continue learning and improving. There is always room for improvement in everything that you do as a person and as an organization. Use all available resources from inside and outside your organization to realize this. Do not be afraid to use creative and unconventional thinking to reach your goal.

Miwa Kunii

[Name] Miwa Kunii

[Department] Human Resource Development Department

[Company] Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

[Education] Biotechnology

[Position] Manager

[Years in SEI] 18years

[Hobbies] Planning trips

*All the contents stated here are based on the interview that was held in 2012.


1. What are the details of your career to date?

I joined the company in 1994 and my first assignment was in the Production Group, designing electrical circuits for transportation systems. After 8 years, I was transferred to R&D and worked very hard creating the seed for new products related to automotives for 5 years. Then, I was transferred to Corporate Staff Group and worked to recruit engineers for 2 and a half years and my current assignment is employee training and education. And I am now a mother of 2 children. I have taken advantage of the leave systems such as maternity leave, children lease, and also have worked reduced hours. With the support and understanding from the workplace and my family, I have managed my way through balancing work and family life.

2. Why did you decide to join Sumitomo Electric Group?

I majored in Technology at university and did post graduate studies on Biology related to agricultural studies. I always wanted to produce something and do something good for the world. When I first G C Saw the car navigation system which was still a rare product at that time and a Traffic Control System, I was amazed by its business potential and wanted to take part in its development. That's why I joined SEI.

3. What has been most rewarding aspect of your experience at Sumitomo Electric Group?

The strength of this company is that you can’t see the goal, I mean it in a good way. Sumitomo Electric has a history of 400 years which is a long way to come but I feel that this company is still developing. When I worked in the R&D Group, I always challenged myself into new things. (But I must admit it did not always turn out well). When I think about my current job of recruiting and employee training, I can see many things where I want to make changes and make improvements. Learning from the past and challenging the new is very exciting and that has been a rewarding experience for me.

4. What is the best piece of career advice you can offer people who are seeking a job with Sumitomo Electric Group?

Our challenge to achieve our goal of becoming a sustainable global company is still ongoing. We’re dedicated in many ways to developing new technologies and building strong team and organization. I look forward to welcoming you and let’s challenge it together!

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