Riccardo Latini, Head of Caslano Shoe Factory, Bally
In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Riccardo Latini, Head of Caslano Shoe Factory in Bally in Caslano (CH). USI Degree: Master in Marketing, 2014.
How did you start your career?
My career starts in Bally back in 2012: I was attending the last year of master at USI when I applied for an internship offer posted on USI career service website. I was hired in the production planning department where, thanks to my mentors, I had the possibility to grow and develop several competences in supply chain division.
Why did you choose a career at Bally?
For me, Bally has always been a reference in fashion industry so it was an easy choice: founded in 1851, it is the oldest luxury brand after Hermes.
What is your current role/duties?
I am responsible for the internal shoe factory. This includes mainly three areas: guarantee the daily factory output according to the master plan defined, schedule the production orders to meet customers’ requests and supervise the raw material warehouse activities in order to fulfill production needs.
In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career at Bally?
Passion, humility and hard work. I would say that these are the most important qualities for a successful career. Besides these qualities, it is always important to work as a team. Teamwork is one of the most important key for success: different points of view give added value and help to find better solutions.
What are USI’s positive featuresand qualities?
Time spent at USI was the best in my life and I loved everything of the campus. I received a great support from all the professors and staff that hardly work to put all the students in the best conditions to learn. USI can be considered a reference thanks to the innovative way of teaching that makes things easy to learn.
What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?
Without any doubt, the most important skill acquired during my time at USI is the ability to challenge myself continuously. Moreover, I learned to approach a task with different points of view: this helps to understand the whole picture and not only a single frame of it.
What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?
Be always open to other colleagues’ advices and suggestions. We never stop learning.