29 Sep 2021 | Our people

[C&T PEOPLE] Sales Manager at C&T Japan | Saori

What made you want to join Ciel & Terre?

When I was a child, my house had a solar heater on the loop. I naturally thought it was nice and cool to utilize solar power for our life. Since then, I have been interested in Energy and studied mechanical engineering and thermal energy at university. My first career was in Oil business, then I worked as biomass power plant engineer. I was originally enthusiastic about natural energy and international culture, so I chose the 3rd career in Ciel & Terre.  

What is your role within Ciel & Terre?

I started as a Developer in C&T Japan and focused on large floating PV projects. The candidate sites are lakes, dams, lagoons, bays, and internal seas. Those are strictly managed by Prefectural/National governments. After 2 years, I was transferred to Sales team and learned new things every day. Recently in Japan, the power business has drastically started to change so it is key to be familiar to the market.   

Can you describe your typical day?

Since COVID-19, I mainly work from home. I go to the office or client places a few times per month. I appreciate a lot my team for allowing this working style. It gives me flexibility so I can contribute both work and family especially for my 2-year son. I normally work 8-17, but sometimes start very early and spend time with the kid.

What drives you at work? What do you particularly appreciate in your job?

To be honest, I work what I want to. This is a very precious and rare opportunity for my age in Japan. This C&T culture and my team are my biggest drivers at work. Also, I like people in C&T Japan and C&T group about friendliness and motivation towards their jobs.

What do you consider your biggest achievement since you joined the company?

I successfully signed a sales contract with a project for a school pool. This is a small project but the first record of the kind for the company. Thanks to the new product called “aiR”, we can offer the best price and quality to customers. Also, Project team and O&M team are very supportive, so I could achieve this new challenge.

What is the most important thing you have learned from your experience in C&T?

Do not try to be perfect but do try what we can do. The school pool project mentioned above, I focused on how we can do. There were things C&T Japan did not have experience because this is a brand new type of project but the important thing is to find solutions to how we can proceed.

According to you, what are C&T’s spirit and most important values?

“Positive thinking leads successes.” When C&T started Floating Solar, there was no reference neither no experience to refer to, which did not prevent the company from succeeding. C&T spirit is to think positive and to try what we want to. I keep this in my mind every time when I struggle.

What do you think the future will be like in 10 years?

More and more people get aware of consuming and producing energy near at hand. I believe we can choose types of energy production depending on each region/society/usage. People get more and more able to choose because they know pros/cons of each energy features. It means making more reasonable choices for the future. On my side, I would like to live in a community where the locals own PV, biomass, small hydro, wind, and thermal energy facilities and manage the network.

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