Q: How long have you been working with Koenigsegg?
A: Almost 18 months, since October 2012
Q: Where are you from, and how did you end up where you are at in Koenigsegg?
A: I’m from Barcelona, which is a little bit warmer and a little more crowded than Ängelholm! After two years working in management positions in Madrid far from design, development and production I decided to go back to my technical roots/passion (I was involved in motorsport and carbon fiber design/production beforehand). I started to look for companies around the world that would be a dream to work for. At the top of my list was Koenigsegg. I prepared a cover letter explaining why I would love to work at Koenigsegg and what I could do for the company. One week later I was siting in front of Mr. Jon Gunner (Technical director) attending an interview.
Q: What do you do at Koenigsegg?
A: My main responsibility is to manage the development and production of the composite components of the car, from initial idea/design until the part is manufactured. From the technical point of view: Design, development, master/moulds, lay-up docs and post process docs. And from the management area: Deal with raw material suppliers and manufacturer suppliers, costs, material forecast, new materials… nice mixture of both worlds. With the additional responsibility of “fire extinguisher”…something everyone in the R&D needs to do; quickly resolving non expected issues from Production.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your work?
A: Maybe the trickiest element is to be able to develop and release new designs without affecting the production flow, even when we are designing new parts, improvements and implementing last minute changes. Our lead time for a new part from the concept to implementation in production could be just days. With that short and intense period, any mistake could affect the quality of the end result. The composites manufacture is one of the first steps in the production process. One delay and everyone is delayed. And we are working “just in time” with a handmade process where any visual imperfection can result in the part being rejected.
Finally, each part is a unique challenge… and with more than 400 unique challenges per car… it becomes a somewhat overwhelming task.
Q: What do you like most about working at Koenigsegg?
A: Each day is a completely new challenge, new projects are undertaken and even though you know what you are working on, you never know what will appear around the corner. It could be the next idea from Christian or Jon, or an improvement of existing parts from production so there is always something interesting to work on. I always start each day with a to do list but I’m rarely able to complete, always something new finds its way onto the list and usually with a top priority.
This is probably the most enjoyable part of working at Koenigsegg. It is impossible to be bored. You always have more interesting things to do than you are able to materialize. Each one completely different from the previous. You are constantly learning. I’ve been working in a big automotive company in my past and for sure, what you learn and develop inside Koenigsegg in one year, you are would not to be able to learn in 5-6 years there. We are less than 10 engineers developing a full car, you can feel that you are a big part of the company. And for that, Christians passion is something crucial. It is everywhere. You can feel it, you can feel that he loves the car and he loves the project. And he transmits that passion to everyone. He has succeeded in making everyone share and contribute to the same dream; manufacture the best car ever.