Daniel Farnelid is a Customer Project Manager at Saft’s Oskarshamn site in Sweden. He coordinates projects at the factory, from the reception of the customer’s order to the liaison with different departments until the product is finished. He likes that the factory takes care of the entire production process, starting from scratch all the way to the completed batteries.
He finds it impressive to watch the project’s evolution, especially on big orders such as the ongoing Doha Metro project for which he is the Program Manager. In Qatar’s capital, Saft is providing power for 37 new metro stations, including for emergency lighting. The first lot, consisting of 13 40-foot containers of batteries, were shipped in December 2016, and approximately 15 more follow every month. The sheer size of this endeavor makes it possible to physically see its progression, which is rewarding for everyone. Daniel is responsible for the project’s coordination, logistics, and the resolution of the variety of issues that arises along the way, a notable one being a political crisis that required a change of shipping route. Events like this let him witness firsthand that “we live in an interesting and changing world.”
Daniel rejoined Saft in September 2016, after having lived in California for over two years when his wife went to work on her postdoctoral project there. During this time, he worked in Silicon Valley for a well-known IT company. Today, his current role at Saft offers an appealing mix of technology and sales – a fitting combination for someone with a Master’s of Science and Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and a five-year sales background.
Daniel also enjoys the international aspect of his job and the possibilities created by such a global presence. To work at Saft, he recommends a taste for innovation and progress: “batteries are the future,” he says, pointing out their role in renewable energy as an example.
Outside of work, Daniel loves spending time with his wife and two children. They go sailing in the waters of Sweden and travel the world, which he finds an invaluable experience, especially for the kids.