Timo Sivu­la is named Mana­ging Direc­tor of Kok­ko­lan Urhei­lu­puis­to Oy



Sivu­la gra­dua­ted from Hel­sin­ki Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy with a Mas­ter of Science in Tech­no­lo­gy, and he has held mana­ge­ment posi­tions in seve­ral com­pa­nies as well as mana­ge­ment and admi­ni­stra­tion posi­tions in nume­rous pro­jects.

The sports and event park is the latest major pro­ject in Kok­ko­la and it cont­ri­bu­tes to the town’s visi­bi­li­ty and plays a sig­ni­ficant role in its att­rac­ti­ve­ness and vibrant growth. Kok­ko­lan Urhei­lu­puis­to Oy is res­pon­sible for the imple­men­ta­tion of the pro­ject. The Mana­ging Director’s first task is to crea­te a plan and sche­du­le for the con­struc­tion pro­ject, which will speci­fy the ser­vices, ser­vice models and other con­tent for the park. The pro­ject will be launc­hed this spring.

Sivu­la has a pro­ven track record in the success­ful plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion of new pro­jects and set­ting up of new com­pa­nies. He is also expe­rienced in networ­king, having for­med seve­ral alliances both in Fin­land and over­seas. He also has expe­rience as an event orga­ni­ser and sports coach.

MPS Career Oy’s rec­ruit­ment ser­vices and psyc­ho­lo­gist con­sul­tant were invol­ved in the applica­tion process as part­ners. The dead­li­ne for the applica­tions was 21 March 2021. A total of 17 applica­tions were sub­mit­ted, and eight can­di­da­tes were selec­ted for inter­views. On the basis of the applica­tions and ini­tial inter­views, three applicants were invi­ted to an exten­si­ve apti­tu­de assess­ment, tests and final inter­views.

Accor­ding to Daniel Särs, MPS’s psyc­ho­lo­gist con­sul­tant, the tes­ting and assess­ment focused on mana­ge­rial skills, especial­ly in the ove­rall mana­ge­ment of an exten­si­ve pro­ject. “Other key cri­te­ria were the abi­li­ty to unders­tand and ana­ly­se the ove­rall pic­tu­re, people skills in col­la­bo­ra­ting with lar­ge num­bers of sta­ke­hol­ders, com­mu­nica­tion and inte­rac­tion skills, and strong deci­sion-making and nego­tia­tion skills,” says Särs. Kok­ko­la City Board acts as the stee­ring group in char­ge of Urhei­lu­puis­to Oy’s ope­ra­tions. The stee­ring group pre­pa­red the company’s char­ter (articles of associa­tion, industry), discus­sed the cri­te­ria for the Mana­ging Direc­tor role and was pro­vi­ded with seve­ral reports on the progress of the process.

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