Filippo Baroli

Filippo Baroli

Global Lens Planning Manager

Agordo, Italy

The Planner

Tell us about your journey at Luxottica.

I’ve been in Luxottica for about 5 years.
After getting my Masters Degree in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, I started in Luxottica as an intern in the Industrial Supply Chain department. This experience only lasted one year, because I then moved to a Brazilian production site in Campinas with the responsibility of exporting the best practices learned at Headquarters and structure a strong team of scheduling, capacity and industrial planning. It was an exciting experience, because for the first time I had to deal with a different culture, a different way of thinking and a language that I hadn’t studied before. As soon as I came back from Brazil, I was once again on the other side of the world: I became the project manager of integrating all industrial managerial systems of the Oakley factory in California. Where am I now? Currently I’m back to business as Global Sun Lenses Planning Manager. I work with product and engineering teams to prepare our factories in order to serve the best product for our customers in the most efficient way. My favorite thing about my job is working on a team and ending every day knowing that I learned something new. Precision, concision, structure and teamwork are the most important skills for this new role.

What is your motto?

Simple thoughts and fast hands.

What advice would you give to university students or young professionals thinking about a career in supply chain?

Working in Luxottica’s supply chain is the perfect experience to turn university studies into practice and reality. In these five years of experience, I had the chance to apply many subjects I had studied at University to everyday business, providing new solutions to the company. Luxottica is the pitch where you can finally apply what you have learned after staying hours, days or months with your nose in the books!

What is the most important lesson you have learned here?

Luxottica taught me 2 big lessons. First off, age and experience are relevant, but not the most important things in regards to important business roles. Being ambitious and humble gives you the possibility to measure yourself with big challenges, providing results and performances. The second lesson I learned is that team sprit is the most important thing in the everyday life in the company. A good leader must take care of the team to lead every member to a common objective

Are you able to balance your personal goals with your professional goals at Luxottica?

I love sports and I’m really keen on football. When I first moved to Agordo, a small town of 5,000 people, I was very skeptical that I’d have the chance of continuing the sports I was used to practicing, but I was wrong. Luxottica offers a dedicated gym with everyday courses. Additionally, there are many young workers in Agordo, and we’ve organized several teams in order to play football everyday and participate in tournaments, representing Luxottica’s non-profit organization, OneSight.

What excites you about the work here?

We have so many opportunities in front of us. Dealing with technology and fashion on a worldwide market is providing us with many paths and possibilities for our future. I’m sure that my generation will play a key role in this growth.