Symbio Oulu 3PL – the unique team with a lot of laughter and coffee

In Automotive industry, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems deliver an intuitive, appealing and fully connected services for in-vehicle experience. Vehicle infotainment, navigation, and mobile device can be linked together to provide logical system and easy-to-use interface for the driver.  

Ensuring that all these IVI functionalities work smoothly together is complex, and the operation need to be tested.  Third-party lab services (abbreviated as 3PL) offer to outside organisations service elements of testing and licencing.  At Symbio we specialise in automotive testing and quality assurance that helps our clients to ensure that their products work seamlessly with other solutions in the automotive ecosystem. 

Meet Marjo, who works as a Senior Test Engineer in our world-renowned 3PL team at Symbio Oulu.  

“I work in a small, close-knit team of four other test engineers at Symbio’s Oulu office. We do intense customer projects in the automotive domain for customers from all around the world. 

I have worked at Symbio for over 16 years. My role has evolved a lot during my career, but I have been worked with testing majority of time. In my early Symbio career, I tested mobile phone applications, then worked with the health tech products, and now on the automotive side.  

I get to work very closely with the end customers.Usually, the projects last 2-4 months. I have ownership of the entire testing process from start to end that brings variety to everyday work, making my responsibilities many-sided. I take care of project management, which requires excellent time management skills. Next to that, I do the hands-on testing work utilizing different applications, testing environments, and automated tests. I communicate daily directly with customers through various channels. I document the test results online right away, which allows the customers to see them in real-time.  The tests are similar despite the customer, but the cycle of the project is never the same. As a small team, we work together for a common goal.  Sometimes the project keeps us more occupied and we help each other to meet the tight schedules. Another week might be less busy, and then we have more time for self-development and development projects overall. 

 In my role, there is a significant international aspect. The customer base I work with represents many cultures. As a part of the projects, there is also a need to meet the customers face to face. My role has already taken me overseas to Brazil, South-Korea, Japan, and the US. Now due to the Covid19-situation, we certainly don’t travel.  

At Symbio’s Oulu office, the coffee culture is serious – in a good way, though! We tend to have the morning coffee together, and we also gather for afternoon coffee breaks daily. These moments are relaxed, and one gets to know people across the different teams. During this new normal time, we have continued having these sessions online. The atmosphere at the Oulu office is warm, and we have a unique team spirit with a lot of laugh.” 

 

 

Noora Markoff
Senior Spealist, Talent Aquisition