Anton Podchinenov

Shift Foreman, Gas Unit, Energy Shop, VIZ-Steel

Anton Podchinenov, 29, holds a degree fr om Ural State Technical University. Anton has been with VIZ-Steel since 2006. He plans to get a second degree in HR and Management. Anton believes that good managers should set goals both for their direct reports and themselves, and work hard towards achieving them. Anton is married. He is fond of cycling and snowboarding. “I have a great desire to work and grow here, at VIZ-Steel. I joined the plant on my father’s advice. He is a crane operator at the cold-rolling shop. He told me a lot about how great VIZ-Steel was: about its stability, production practices and interesting people. When I was doing my degree, I worked as a mechanic at the gas shop’s repairs service. I was in the company’s talent pool. “I placed second in VIZ-Steel’s Young Leader contest in 2010, which played a special role in my professional growth. I decided to enroll because I wanted to show that I was ready to move forward. The contest helped me get a clear understanding of where I need to go and how I should do it. “I showed leadership skills at the contest and was offered to work as a trainee to become a shift foreman. I underwent training together with other members of the talent pool, wh ere I was able to develop leadership qualities. Then I took part in the Foreman of the Year competition, which helped me consolidate my knowledge and skills in the field. I can say for sure that the plant’s HR projects are very important for those who seek career advancement.”