Meet Javier Ramirez, our Program Manager responsible for leading and overseeing daily operations for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Canada. Javier joined Hitachi Rail in 2015, taking a gap year in 2019 to earn his MBA and rejoining Hitachi Rail in 2020 as part of the Hurontario LRT team.
To celebrate Mass Transit selecting Javier as one of this year's top 40 Under 40, we spoke with him to learn more about his career journey, passion for the transportation industry, and excitement over the future of rail.
Impacting Growth and Innovation
Being a Program Manager offers me a broad perspective on the railway industry, enabling me to understand the intricacies of project management, stakeholder engagement, and decision-making at a higher level. As a leader who aspires to contribute significantly to the growth and development of the transportation industry, this matches perfectly with my long-term career objectives.
Investing in my education and personal growth is essential to my career development. Continuous learning and self-improvement are critical to staying relevant in the rapidly evolving rail industry. As I look forward to the future, I am excited about the possibilities. My current role allows me to develop my leadership skills and provides a platform to impact the rail industry’s growth and innovation positively. I am committed to taking on new challenges, embracing opportunities for professional development, and leveraging my skills to contribute to Hitachi Rail’s success.
Collaboration that Impacts the Company
Several years ago, I was selected to participate in the Talent Development program, and it remains one of my proudest professional accomplishments at Hitachi. Through this program, I had the opportunity to engage in enriching discussions with colleagues from various departments worldwide. It provided me with a comprehensive understanding of how different projects were managed and exposed me to the challenges within the industry. Most importantly, I contributed to developing future ideas that the company could incorporate.
Advice to the Future Generation of Transportation Professional
My advice for someone seeking a career in the transportation industry;
- Embrace continuous learning: The transportation industry constantly evolves, so staying informed about the latest trends and advancements is essential. Seek learning opportunities, whether through formal education, workshops, or certifications.
- Cultivate a diverse network: Networking is vital. Establish connections with professionals from various backgrounds, departments, and companies. A diverse network will broaden your perspectives and create avenues for career growth and collaboration.
- Demonstrate adaptability and resilience: The industry may present unforeseen challenges and opportunities. Adaptability and stability will enable you to navigate uncertainties and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Embrace change.
- Work with passion!
Excitement About the Future of the Rail Industry
The rail industry's future holds great promise, and I am thrilled to be part of an industry that continually seeks to advance and positively impact society. Several factors fuel my enthusiasm for this industry, including:
- Technological Advancements: From high-speed rail networks and autonomous trains to smart infrastructure and predictive maintenance, these innovations enhance safety, efficiency, and the passenger experience.
- Sustainability Focus: The increasing emphasis on sustainable transportation solutions presents a significant opportunity for the rail industry as a greener and more energy-efficient mode of transport.
- Collaboration and Innovation: Collaboration between industry stakeholders and a focus on innovation drive the rail industry forward. Partnerships, research, and joint projects are unlocking new possibilities for efficient and integrated rail systems.