Nick Bull, Mölnlycke
Nick Bull of Mölnlycke
Mölnlycke: Always Learning
Nick Bull, 30, graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelors of science degree in technology management. While in school, he worked as a technician at Lanco Integrated in Westbrook, a global provider of turnkey automated assembly and test systems. After graduation, he moved into engineering and project management at Abbott Labs in Scarborough, a manufacturer of rapid diagnostic products.
“I loved the extremely technical products and processes and my boss there was a real pleasure to work for,” Bull says.
Throughout, he was practicing “lean,” a concept that means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.
“Maine companies and industries are a tight-knit community, so if you’re looking for an opportunity, you’ll find it.”
— Nick Bull, Mölnlycke
A year ago, he joined Mölnlycke, a medical products and solutions company with facilities in Brunswick, as U.S. manufacturing excellence manager.
“In more practical terms, I’m an industrial engineer, optimizing complex processes, systems and organizations for all of the Mölnlycke sites in the U.S.,” he explains.
Over the years, lean has allowed him to work on projects throughout the business, including marketing, finance, purchasing, engineering, manufacturing, regulatory, quality and more.
“I’m a voracious learner and love to apply what I learn to overcome challenges in novel ways,” he says. For example, he uses Scrum, an agile software framework, to improve the way Mölnlycke’s manufacturing teams work.
Developing and coaching people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of his work.
“It’s rewarding to work with people to develop a system for running a business that grows and adapts as the business changes, but even more rewarding when they start to apply their learnings at home and in the community,” he says. “It makes my day when someone says, ‘Hey Nick, I applied that thing you taught us on this thing at home and it’s so much easier now! Thank you!’ It’s also very satisfying that we make amazing health care products that have a big impact on the quality of life of customers.” ◾