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SouthData Spotlight: Azeddine El Khouja

SouthData Spotlight: Azeddine El Khouja

Feb 07 2019

Azeddine El Khouja is the Offset Printing Specialist at SouthData. Read to find out how technology has impacted his role, the traits he considers essential for success, and his go-to meal to cook at home.  

Describe your role at SouthData.

My main role for the past year has been working in offset printing and paper cutting. I print envelopes, brochures, inserts for statements and banks and the front and back covers for coupon books on that machine. When it’s our busy season, I work with the coupon book inserting machine. If anyone needs help in other areas or on different machines, I will help out there too.

How long have you been with the company? What are some of the most significant changes you’ve seen in that time?

I’ve been with the company 12 years in May.

Technology has changed so much, and we’ve grown to meet the requirements of our customers. We keep our eyes on technology to make our customers happy. As we’ve gotten more customers and grown the company, we’ve had to upgrade the machinery to keep up with the size of the orders. We have to meet the demand, and that’s how we have been successful. You have to be big in order to compete.

How would you describe your typical work day? Is there a “typical” work day?

I’m between two machines right now – offset printing and book inserting. I talk to my supervisors and see which the priority is. I’m flexible, and will help anybody, and can do about anything in manufacturing. I do more than what my title says.

With so many jobs being processed and so much to oversee, what traits do you consider essential for success?

Focus, take your time, and make sure you are doing your job right. If you are in a hurry and you mess it up, then you mess up the entire job. As a machine operator we need to read our tickets very carefully and pay attention to the instructions.

I think teamwork and good communication are very important. We are supposed to work as a team and that’s what makes a difference. Experience and knowledge are also important. Proper training does help and is very good, especially during the busy season.

How would your coworkers describe you?

I don’t know what they would say, because I’ve never thought about it. I asked a few people and they said I’m a good team worker, easy going, reliable, good to work with, and that I fit everywhere.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is the trust of the people I work for and the people I work with. Their care about the company makes a big difference in everybody’s life, because at the end of the day, it makes your work life easy. You don’t struggle through the day because everybody cares. When you enjoy your work, what you do comes from the heart, and anything that comes from the heart has good results.

What is your go-to meal to cook?

Moroccan Tagine. It’s either chicken or beef meat with different vegetables. It cooks slowly in a coated clay dish.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

I like cooking shows and American Pickers. I also like Forensic Files.