Andrea Zambelli Bais

Andrea Zambelli Bais

Automation Engineer

Agordo, Italy

The Traveler

Tell us about your journey at Luxottica.

I’ve been working in Luxottica for 4 years.
It all started at Careers Day at the University of Trento. I had my first interview there, and I was hired just after graduation for an internship in Agordo in the NPI Manufacturing team. At the end of the internship, I had the opportunity to work in the Quality Process team in metal molding. The one-year experience gave me the opportunity to get to know the product and all the manufacturing processes behind it. I would have never guessed it was so complex to build a frame!
At the end of 2016, I was offered to lead a challenging automation project in CNC milling; I accepted with enthusiasm because that was exactly what I had studied for 5 years. Since then, I have been working in the Automation Department, managing different projects at the Agordo factory. Since the beginning of 2019, I have also been following a few projects at the Sedico RX factory.

What do you love about your job?

For me, Luxottica is all about dynamism and passion.
The thing I love the most is that every day is different. The environment is so dynamic, and you always have challenges ahead that keep you motivated.

What is your motto and why?

I like to say “Steer away from your comfort zone” because it’s the only way you can improve.

What are the most important skills for your role?

My role requires a few technical hard skills in the field of industrial automation: robotics, smart vision systems, mechanics, electronics, HMI etc. However, I think the most important skills are the soft ones: leadership, communication skills, organizational skills…These are the ones that you need to lead a project from beginning to end.

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

I think at the end of university, very few people know exactly what job they’d like to do. My advice is to experience as many different jobs and functions as you can in the same company. I’m a sponsor for job rotation because it gives you the opportunity to understand what you really want to do in the future. Of course, a multinational company like Luxottica is the perfect place to do this.
For those who’d like to have a career in Engineering, I’d say: grow your technical skills, but do not underestimate soft skills. These are the ones that will make the difference.

What does collaboration look like in your office?

Collaboration in my office is vital. Every project is the result of the work of many people, each one in his specific field. When we build a new machine, it is always a team result.

Have you had influential mentors in your time here? How did they positively influence your career?

I wouldn’t say I had a mentor, but I learnt a lot from the bosses and colleagues I had in these 4 years. An interesting thing about Luxottica and especially Agordo is that it is a good mix of tradition and “newcomers”: I had the pleasure to work both with people with 30-more years of experience in the company, as well as young managers with incredible professional careers. From the first ones, I learnt the importance of passion, sacrifice, and respect. The second ones gave me enthusiasm, determination and innovative thinking.

What is the most important lesson you have learned here?

My first boss once told me: “It’s always better to do something and fail than do nothing. Luxottica gives you this possibility.” One lesson: be active, dynamic, autonomous…with respect.