SS Saini : ready to take new challenges

Generally, it is said that one should not take risk of changing a job after the age of forty, as that is the time to plan for living in a comfort zone with what is available. People do change number of jobs prior to that age and try to hold a good position in organisations of repute. But not with SS Saini, who took a step other way round. By quitting an organisation of repute (Thomson Press) having worked for 29 years, he took a bold decision and started his second inning by joining RSG Solutions. Print & Publishing in conversation with SS Saini during IPEX South Asia 2011 in Mumbai. P&P: Which has been your first job after having completed studies?

SS Saini SS: I completed my Electronics and Communication Engineering in the year 1981 from Punjab and joined Crown TV for just three months. And later joined Thomson Press as trainee for two years in their maintenance department.

P&P: Generally, maintenance of equipment is handled by the suppliers, what was your role in this regard?

SS: Since at that time, most of machines were coming with more of electronics components, especially in pre-press segments, and having a qualified trained person in-house made a sense. This initiative prevented the day-to-day machines down time.

P&P: We understand the qualification part, which you had attained in an engineering college, but how did you manage to get training for sophisticated pre-press equipments like scanners, processers, etc?

SS: Thomson Press arranged for all such training on the shop floor by companies technicians from Dr Hell, Scitex, and Dainippon Screen, who would come to Faridabad at regular intervals. I also attended 30-day dedicated training in Singapore for understanding scanners intricacies.

P&P: And what was your specific assignment, while you left Thomson Press?

SS: In fact, for me there has been a long and interesting journey within Thomson Press. Since I was able to offer myself dedicatedly for any assignment coming on the way, there had been no looking back in terms of my stepping up on the ladder of success. I was heading the ‘digital’ printing department in Okhla (New Delhi) before moving onto taking new job a year ago.

P&P: Having already spent over one year in this new role with RSG, what kind of change or challenges you have observed as against with your earlier role in Thomson Press?

SS: As rightly mentioned by you, the new role is quite challenging, there is always a vision I need to keep open with newer ideas, which can be converted into as a new business at RSG.

For example, the addition of digital printers in the portfolio with Ricoh and finishing equipments from China and Korea apart from table top lamination machines. Entry into consumable by RSG is also on the cards and to start with speciality lamination films, which might being a new revolution in print media with altogether new feel and look.

P&P: One question still remains unanswered, as to what major difference you have noticed working in a bigger vs smaller organisation?

SS: There are lots of new things which can be seen in smaller companies than in the bigger ones. With smaller role an individual has to play that too bound with set of rules and regulations in bigger companies. Sometimes small-small issues are not resolved that fast which can be instantly taken care of in small companies. In nutshell, individuals, with an honest and sincere approach have always much brighter future in smaller organisation and that is what I have encountered after having joined RSG.

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