Let's create new experiences

We don’t look at Steklarna Hrastnik as a company, but rather a community. A place where each individual contributes by growing, learning and developing a clear vision. We put our people in the forefront of our activities by promoting entepreneurial and learning culture, carefully planning their development and creating an attractive work environment where everybody is encouraged to contribute while being treated with respect.

Why be part of SH team

We created a cohesive and team-oriented company culture that is based on good relationships, mutual respect and close cooperation.
We prove that we encourage growth and desire for learning new skills with rewarding innovation and proactiveness.
We are focused and goal-oriented place where every contribution is recognized and rewarded.
Everybody is welcome to participate in leading domestic and international trade fairs, conferences and events.
With us you can shape the future, solve technological challenges, co-create the factory of tomorrow and look for eco-friendly solutions.
We are a company where tradition is intertwined with new knowledge, innovation and advanced, environmentally friendly production technology.

Meet our team

Our Customers share our passion for quality.
Martin Graham, Sales Director UK & Ireland
Testimonial - Martin Graham, Sales Director UK & Ireland

Our Customers share our passion for quality

What do you love most about what you do?
I’ve been working in Steklarna Hrastnik for 1.5 years. I’m part of our Global Sales Team, I’m responsible for the UK & Ireland New Business and Account management. This is one of the worlds biggest drinks producing markets. Its also one of the best industries to work in as it has so much variety from small batch Gin to the biggest Whisky brands in the world, The thing I love most about the role are the people in this industry, Our expert team at Steklarna Hrastnik are fantastic and all strive for excellence within their roles. The Customers we deal with share our passion for quality and service the relationships we grow and develop with them last a lifetime.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
If the plan doesn’t work change the plan not your goals.
What is the most exciting project/memorable moment/achievement you've worked on recently and why?
The most exciting project I've worked on recently was developing the full Range of Whisky bottles for a Company in Glasgow. The project development was based over 4 sizes of bottle. With a long term production run spanning into 2030, The target was to value engineer and develop a sustainable product for the future whilst managing the customers budgets and production timelines. This projects biggest take away was the relationship our two companies built during the process and how managing customer expectation throughout the year long project strengthened everyone’s relationships internally and externally. The final piece on the project was getting amazing feedback from the customer and all the production team commenting on how successful it had been and that we had managed to improve efficiency, weight, costs whilst providing a sustainable product.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in your industry?
Be Proactive Be A Team Player Be Resilient Be Motivational Be A Strong Communicator Be The Best Version of Yourself
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
1. The team culture 2. The highest quality Glass in the industry and the most important factor for me 3. The flexibility that the company has to shape and change to not just meet customers’ expectations but to go above and beyond.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
When not working, I love riding my bike and experiencing new places to ride.
Glass is a magic material.
Mateja Koritnik Žekar, melting and batching manager
Testimonial - Mateja Koritnik Žekar, melting and batching manager

Glass is a magic material.

What do you love most about what you do?
For me glass is a magic material. I've been working with glass for so many years, but I can still learn and discover its “secrets“. With so many  chemical and physical processes  going on in the furnace you can never be bored. And it's also a pleasure to see transfering a new bottle project from paper drawings to final glass production. Customer's joy and satisfaction, when we meet all their expectation,  brings joy also to my coleagues and me.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
I used to study psychology in my free time and my mentor once told me: »Not everyone is going to like you and that's ok. You can't please everyone. But you can live and act in your life  in a way,  you can  fall asleep peacefully every night. A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.« And this quote has been my guideline ever since.
What is the most exciting project/memorable moment/achievement you've worked on recently and why?
Currently, we are writing a new chapter in a glassmaking industry by melting glass with hydrogen. We successfully manufactured bottles for spirits using hydrogen to melt glass. It's the first commercial use of hydrogen in the glass packaging industry. This project represents an essential step towards a more sustainable future for the glass manufacturing industry.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in your industry?
Collaboration, communication, adaptability and problem-solving skills are essential in every bussines not just in glass industry.  A certain level of knowledge or expertise in all aspects of glass production is also very important and especially transferring this knowledge within the organization.
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
Steklarna Hrastnik is 164 years old. Our valley has been living with glass for so many years, families from one generaton to another. Dedication, passion, knowledge and love for glass of our employees can overcome many obstacles and challenges.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
I always check the quality of glasses in restaurants and shopping malls. It's a professional deformation
Never give up.
Matej Ribič, Sales Director
Testimonial - Matej Ribič, Sales Director

Never give up.

What do you love most about what you do?
What I love most about what I do is the dynamic interplay between conversations/negotiations with customers and the exhilarating process of launching new, visually appealing products onto the market. Engaging with customers allows me to understand their needs, desires, and pain points, which in turn fuels the innovation behind our product development.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I've ever received is simple yet profound: "Never give up."
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
The most exciting project I've worked on recently was conducting market research to align with current market conditions and preparing a pricing strategy to maximize production capacity. This project stands out for several reasons. Firstly, it allowed me to delve deep into the ever-evolving landscape of our industry, gaining valuable insights into emerging trends, shifting consumer preferences, and competitive dynamics. Secondly, developing the pricing strategy was a thrilling challenge that required a blend of analytical rigor, strategic foresight, and creative thinking.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
1.Confidence is crucial for navigating the dynamic and often challenging landscape of the industry. It allows individuals to assert themselves, make decisions, and take calculated risks with conviction 2.Collaboration is key in glass industry where teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are paramount. 3.Time management is indispensable in an industry characterized by tight deadlines, fast-paced environments, and multiple concurrent projects. 4.The ability to quickly respond to changes is critical in an industry where market trends, consumer preferences evolve rapidly.
What do you think sets our team/company apart from others in the industry?
Flexibility, listening to and fulfilling customer needs.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
When the wind is strong and everyone is hiding inside, I go out and windsurf.
Begin each task with the end in mind.
Gorazd Krese, Senior Researcher
Testimonial - Gorazd Krese, Senior Researcher

Begin each task with the end in mind.

What do you love most about what you do?
The fast-paced and ever-changing nature of R&I work, finding novel solutions to complex challenges, transdisciplinary and international collaboration.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Begin each task with the end in mind.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
The coordination of project BEAR, within which a first-of-a-kind hybrid end-fired regenerative furnace is going to be demonstrated. It is also the first project funded by the EU’s #InnovationFund in Slovenia.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
The courage to go beyond the state of the art and challenge the status quo.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
Each day before work, I wake up at 5am to go trail running.
Each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team.
Tanja Mudrinič, Head of HRASTNIK1860 Design Studio
Testimonial - Tanja Mudrinič, Head of HRASTNIK1860 Design Studio

Each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love every part of the design process and the result. Creativity and innovation are necessities that I have to fulfil. The search for inspiration and research is fun and curiosity needs to be satisfied. Finally, the tangible result of the aforementioned – is a product that comes to life through customers and users.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Dream big. If the dream doesn't scare you, it's not big enough. If desires and goals are easily achievable, they do not push far enough outside the comfort zone, and the results are not excessive.
What is the most exciting project, memorable moment, or achievement you've worked on recently and why?
Many projects excite me because each one has its own story, and each bottle is a new child that we bring to life together with the entire team of the HRASTNIK1860.
What skills or qualities do you believe are essential for success in our industry?
Above all, a strong emotional attachment to glass comes from a combination of design possibilities, versatility, symbolism, historical significance, craftsmanship, technological innovation, and the functional beauty of glass products. People often find inspiration and fulfilment in working with or appreciating this unique material.
Tell us a surprising or fun fact about you.
My friend says that I can design bottles very well, but I really don't know how to make bread and pizza. :)

Key areas of work

Operations
Supervision of manufacturing, development and planning processes.
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Employees in the operations sector are in charge of managing the manufacturing, development and planning processes.

These include the departments of Production, Development & Tool workshop and Production planning.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • care to ensure production realization and direct customer orders,
  • planning of production and development / maintenance of tools,
  • analyzing and optimizing technical processes, capacities and other areas within operations,
  • keeping production facilities running smoothly at all times,
  • care for proper consumption and sufficient quantity of material in accordance with the production plan.
Technology
Process control for mixing and smelting facilities, maintenance and ecology.
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Technology sector provides process control for the technical field, including mixing and smelting facilities, maintenance and ecology.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • management of smelting facilities and installations within the smelting facilities,
  • care for equipment and devices within the company,
  • care for the maintenance and development of installations and infrastructure,
  • support and cooperation with other relevant areas and departments (support, sales, purchasing, etc.).
Finance
Oversees processes in the areas of finance, accounting and controlling.
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They are responsible for managing processes in the areas of finance, accounting, controlling and operational activities of the company.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • lead the planning, monitoring and reporting processes regarding financial resources,
  • preparation of proposals for measures in case of deviations from plans or legal provisions,
  • mastering the structure of financing and working capital,
  • financial risk management,
  • care for property and liability insurance,
  • preparation of financial projections for business plans, projects.
Purchasing & Logistics
Responsible for the procurement and logistics processes.
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Purchasing and logistics are responsible for managing the procurement and logistics processes in accordance with the company’s strategy and internal regulations.

The tasks include but are not limited to different areas of work within warehouses, transport services and freight forwarding.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • procurement planning (materials, services and energy), which is coordinated to fit the production plan,
  • comparison of offers and preparation of the necessary information for ordering,
  • negotiations with suppliers,
  • preparation of purchasing conditions for procurement,
  • preparation of contracts with suppliers,
  • resolving and closing complaints towards suppliers.
Quality control
Ensures the effective functioning in the whole field of quality.
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Quality control ensures the effective functioning in the whole field of quality. These include Quality Management Systems, Operational Excellence, Quality Assurance and Packaging. This department holds the most employees in our company.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • quality assurance in company’s processes,
  • strategic quality assurance,
  • operational quality assurance,
  • optimization of processes inside the company,
  • operational quality control.
Sales & Marketing
Managing processes according to customer and market strategy.
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Employees in Sales and Marketing are responsible for managing sales and marketing processes in accordance with the company’s customer and market strategy. Sales department includes three sales programs: Spirit packaging, Perfumery packaging and Tableware.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • marketing and development of new products,
  • ensuring planned sales results,
  • attend business and other events to network and gain sales opportunities,
  • monitoring and analyzing the development of markets, customers, products and identifying potential customers,
  • cooperation in the field of public relations,
  • measuring customer satisfaction.
HR & General Affairs
Managing areas of HR, Legal Matters, Work safety, Automation, Security…
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The sector combines many different areas, none of which works well without the other.

It includes the Human Resources, Education, Legal Matters, Occupational Health & Safety, Security, Reception, Automation and Digitization departments.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • management of recruitment and personnel development processes, personnel operations, legal labour procedures,  administration and remuneration,
  • coordinating personnel issues with organizational unit managers and company management,
  • resolving personnel and labor legal issues with employees,
  • preparation of internal acts and rules regarding employment relations and personnel processes,
  • propose, plan and implement educational and other development programs,
  • preparation of materials for internal and external communication,
  • employer branding management.
Project Office & Investments
Preparing strategies and managing investment projects within the company.
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This department is responsible for preparing strategies and managing investment projects within the company. Employees here are experts in energy, construction and mechanical engineering.

Employee responsibilities include:

  • planning, managing, supervising the implementation of investments,
  • preparation of technical and construction documentation,
  • archiving plans and documentation for investment maintenance work,
  • report on the progress and management of investments, maintenance work and projects,
  • conducting research, testing and analysis in the field of investment maintenance,
  • planning, supervision and management of investments on glass furnaces.

For students

Become the master of your future

Steklarna Hrastnik has a long tradition of cooperating with high schools and universities. We provide scholarships to students for professions on shortage occupation list and mandatory practical training under the guidance of a mentor.

We support and assist students with their project assignments and Bachelor theses, where we assign them a mentor as well. Scholarship holders and other eager young individuals are in for a bright future at Steklarna Hrastnik.

41 %

of women employed

141

hours of employee training per year

84%

retention rate

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