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Robin Zürcher, Product Manager

Robin Zürcher has been working in Product Management at Meraxis since the beginning of the year. In this interview, he tells us what his day-to-day work as a product manager looks like, what he has experienced at Meraxis so far, and which projects are particularly important to the passionate sailor.

20 May 2021

Robin, please introduce yourself briefly.

My name is Robin and I am 28 years old. After my vocational training in economics and business, I started my career in various international sales organizations of large industrial companies. Along the way, I completed further training as a sales and marketing specialist.

That's impressive! What do you do to maintain a work-life-balance?

In my free time I like to read, sail and play squash. In general, I enjoy sports and being outside together with friends.

You have been part of our Meraxis team since the beginning of the year ...

Yes, exactly. I've been working at the Steinhausen location since the beginning of 2021. There, trained by my boss, I was initially introduced to the prime PET area - in other words, the material we encounter in everyday life, mainly in the form of beverage bottles and food packaging films. Now my focus is on developing the market for recycled PET, so-called rPET.

How did you become part of our team?

Quite conventionally - I come from the beautiful canton of Zug, was looking for a new challenge in the area and thus became aware of Meraxis. During the first phone call, I already had a good feeling about the way people treated each other - everyone was friendly and seemed compassionate about what they do. During the interview, my impression was confirmed. After getting to know my current boss and my colleagues, it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to be part of the Meraxis team. When I received the acceptance letter, I was very happy!

What is a typical working day like for you?

My main task is the trading of recycled PET, which means both purchasing and sales. During my working day, I have intensive contact with manufacturers of rPET, that is our suppliers, as well as with our internal sales offices, who handle sales to our customers. I exchange price levels and market developments with them and set conditions. It's important to always be close to the market and react quickly, similar to the stock market. That makes the job demanding, but also exciting. Additionally, I work closely with our in-house logistics and finance departments. Together, we get the products from the manufacturers to our warehouses and ultimately to the customers. That sounds simple, but it requires a lot of coordination - we are a well-rehearsed team.

What makes your job particularly exciting or challenging for you?

The market is complex, influenced by countless factors and changes almost hourly. So you have to observe very closely and learn to interpret the signs. At the same time, we have to consider our customers' re­quire­ments and not forget our own interests. I perceive this complexity as a positive challenge. I am pleased that I can influence this market to a certain extent with my work. I think the global economy as a whole is an incredibly exciting topic and I come into contact with its effects every day through my work - most recently, for example, through the blockade in the Suez Canal and, before that, through the so-called "Texas Freeze".

For me, it is a special highlight that I can further expand the recycling area at Meraxis with my team. The topic of sustainability is very close to my heart and I like being able to make a contribution to this.

On the one hand, I find my job itself exciting and varied; on the other hand, I also like the team and the corporate culture. I was integrated from day one and get along great with all my colleagues, who I have come to appreciate a lot. I also like the fact that Meraxis always tries to think ahead and break new ground.

Are there any projects or topics that particularly interest you?

In addition to the topic of sustainability, I am very interested in digitalization. Meraxis is currently working on some exciting projects here: for example, access to the recycling market is to be simplified for processors by making this highly fragmented market more transparent. It's fun to be involved in such projects and to end up with a product or tool that makes work more efficient or better.

Is there any advice you would give to your younger self?

Actually, I'm very happy with the way my career has gone so far. Perhaps the only advice I could give is that patience is sometimes the most effective strategy - it'll be fine.

What personal goals are at the top of your agenda?

I am very keen to establish rPET products in Europe and then worldwide and to help drive forward a functioning circular economy. This prevents recyclable materials from being wasted or even carelessly thrown away and ending up in our environment. As a personal goal - or rather, dream - I would like to travel around the world in a sailing boat one day. That's why I've been working towards my ocean sailing license for the past few years - and finally got it at the end of last year.

Thank you, Robin!

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