When I first joined Jebsen in 2007, I had a multi-functional role, looking after the full spectrum of Human Resources (HR) matters for North China. As the company grew, Group HR evolved and my role became more focused. Today, I support Group Services and Jebsen Industrial as their business partner.
I believe adaptability is an important personal quality, because change is inevitable in today’s world. At work and in life, if we strive to improve ourselves, learn to put ourselves in others’ shoes and commit to a service mindset, we can all stay adaptable and resilient in the face of change.
Change has also brought about one of my most memorable projects with Jebsen. In early 2013, Jebsen Industrial underwent restructuring. This involved creating several new legal entities, which affected over 200 employees. It was a complex project that I need to work closely with different stakeholders, the Legal, Finance and Jebsen Industrial Management teams. In addition, the time frame was tight – we had to complete the transition by 1st May. Therefore, it was essential to start with a detailed and meticulous plan, and follow through with good coordination, close monitoring and timely reports. Finally such a massive undertaking was completed.
A key success factor of the project was how well the various stakeholders worked together. Being a catalyst for cross-department collaboration is an essential skill set for all HR professionals, especially those in recruitment. A successful recruiter needs to support and secure the support of many stakeholders. It is important to develop a clear understanding of the hiring manager’s requirements and expectations of each position so that through our interactions and assessments of candidates, we can identify the most suitable person for the jobs. I believe that a successful recruiter is also someone who can build good rapport with candidates and establish a positive employer brand image in their minds.