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Name: Stefano Fontana
Job title: Technical Sales Manager Italy
I have always been involved in sales jobs linked to the food industry, but within different sectors: scientific instruments, lab analyses and the food certification market.
I love working in the food industry, because it is a very challenging environment. There are lots of regulations, for example, on food safety and labels on food. Which is important, food needs to be safe to consume. In my previous jobs I’ve already had my share in dealing with Quality Control and Quality Assurance as well as working closely with lab managers. With my new job at Kemin now I work closely together with R&D manager, so I’m very exited to expand my work experience.
I connect the dots between the R&D manager and our clients. It’s my duty to recognize and take care of the needs of our clients and prospects. My mission is to help our customers reaching their goals in keeping food products fresh, safe and as tasty as possible. Sometimes this requires thinking out-of-the box, but that’s a challenge I don’t mind at all.
What I value most is the possibility to continuously improve myself! Kemin cares about learning and growth, both professionally as personally. So, they create opportunities to become the best version of yourself. Another aspect I really love about my job is the freedom we get to achieve our goals. I can act in an autonomous way to reach my targets. This trust is of great value to me.
I’m very passionate about the natural antioxidants and antimicrobials we develop. Keeping food safe and extending the shelf-life is an important topic in our business. The fact that we do so with natural alternatives, is impressive. Take RUBINITE™, our solution to replace nitrites in emulsified cooked meat products, is a textbook case of what I love to promote. I strongly believe in natural alternatives to challenge products the industry has been using for decades.
Of course there are challenges, as you have in every job. Especially when you work in an environment where it’s your goal to improve lives worldwide. I take care of many customers and prospects. They are faced with lots of challenges as well. But it’s my job to facilitate and help them to overcome theirs.
For me having fun and playing games with my 8-year-old son is one of my favourite pass time activities. I love being outdoor as well. This could be a long hike in nature, but I’m equally happy when gardening. When I’m indoor I love to play chess. So shoutout to all my new colleagues: feel free to challenge me for playing a game of chess!