Olukayode Jinadu is the Director of Quality for Thyssenkrup, a technology-based solutions company that develops and produces products for future customer and market requirements. As an engineer, he uses technology and quality tools to ensure products are delivered at the highest quality. Olukayode Jinadu works with quality tools, including Six Sigma, and data analytics, in order to guarantee customer satisfaction. With over 15 years of experience in the field of quality engineering, Olukayode has developed a keen eye for detail and a passion for continuous improvement. In his current role, Olukayode leads a team of quality engineers who work tirelessly to ensure that all products meet or exceed customer expectations. Thanks to Olukayode’s leadership, Thyssenkrup has become known for its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
What is your educational background?
I hold a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering), Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering), and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.
I constantly look to further my knowledge, network and professional capabilities so I am also a current member of several professional associations, including the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).
Can you tell us a bit about your current role as the Director of Quality for Thyssenkrup?
As the current director of quality for a multinational corporation, my focus is mainly on using technology and quality tools to ensure products are delivered at the highest quality. A large majority of my job is project management, giving my team of engineers the best tools and resources needed to help accomplish the goal of the highest quality. This means the team would need to use technology like smart camera systems, light guide systems, and even blockchain for better traceability and identification all the way across the value chain.
Along with the technology needed to find and address potential issues, I also believe that value chain activities are needed to create and deliver goods. Order management, engineering design, and supplier relationship management are just a few of the processes that I believe are essential for ensuring quality products. My work in quality assurance has helped improve the reputation of the company and has resulted in higher customer satisfaction.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I have had the opportunity to learn and gain skills over the course of my career. I have a few qualities that I believe have made me so successful. First, I have the ability to challenge the engineers who are working on the project, this not only improves your current project but allows for learning, growth and new innovative ideas to come about. Even if the project manager is not specialized and trained in what their team is completing, they can still help their team ensure they’re really resolving the problem and implementing the right solution.
Another quality I possess is the ability to ask challenging questions. This will be a key contributor to challenging your team, by digging deeper into problems you will have solutions that are well thought out. Part of my success is also due to his willingness to share his expertise with others and teach them what he knows. Olukayode is always looking for ways to improve himself and his team, and he is willing to put in the extra work to make sure that happens. These qualities have made Olukayode Jinadu a successful engineer and project manager.
How do you ensure success in a project?
As a project manager, one of the most important things you can do first is identify the problem to be solved- this gives you a good foundation for your team to work off of as it allows for the problem to be clearly stated and the next steps to solve it to follow. Once that’s done, develop a plan to solve it and identify risks. From there, work continuously to drive the project forward. This means working closely with the team to ensure they have what they need to succeed. This might include reaching out for additional support, taking time to listen and learn where the team needs help, giving them a clear picture of what is needed and expected, and more. Ultimately, a great project manager doesn’t just look at the schedule, the risks, and do the bare minimum to get by. They go beyond this to look for ways to really help the project and team succeed.
What does the future hold for your business? What are you most excited about?
I am excited for all my current projects in the pipeline. My team and I have been working hard to perfect our system to ensure great quality and high customer satisfaction. So far, we have been very successful in our efforts, and I am looking forward to seeing where this takes us. Our current projects are very exciting, and I believe that we have the potential to achieve great things. I am confident in our ability to deliver great results, and I am eager to see what the future holds for us. I