Profil de Andrew
My first venture out of the academic world was an assignment with the UK Overseas Development Agency in Egypt. I was tasked with sorting out some heavy metal contamination in a factory complex in the middle of the desert. I loved the responsibility and I learnt that with the right people and the right environment, I could achieve much more (even in a foreign country!). Since then I have moved from a large UK Water Company, to a world leading Engineering Consultancy to Suez. Each time I have progressed further in management. I found out quickly that there were always smarter people around and I got a buzz out of seeing people develop and achieving things on a much grander scale. Suez have helped me realize my potential and have invested in me greatly to become a leader. I rarely get the opportunity to do science anymore as I am leading a major part of the UK operation. My days are filled with different, but no less exciting, challenges.
I interview a lot of candidates. Firstly I am looking for the person, not the ability to fulfil the technical requirements of the role. Good people can always learn. The candidates that stand out are always the ones that have done their homework on the company. I always use this as the interview ‘ice breaker’ and would ask something like ‘So what do you know about Suez?’ I am looking for someone who understands our vision and goals as well as an understanding of our market. This goes a long way and the more they tell me about us the better. This demonstrates interest and passion. The two things that will get you a long way in your career and the two things I am looking for at the interview!
Now I’ve given you a start to your interview, I will give some advice on your career. I am not going to talk about business specifics etc. You can read about these in your own time. There are plenty of books and you will have time in your job to learn. What I would advise you to do is ask yourself questions on a daily basis. The best questions is ‘am I being effective?’ Other good ones are ‘What are we (exactly) trying to achieve?’, and ‘How can we better achieve the vision?’
I have also been fortunate in my career to develop people and I am very proud of this. Suez actively encourages this through mentoring and structured training programmes. I have directly been involved in the development of employees and seen their promotion within the company. There are many examples but one includes the promotion and development of a shift operator who is now a regional contracts manager. I am sure this person will be sitting on the board one day and I may even end up working for them! This will be an even better achievement. Another includes the development of a laboratory technician who is now managing a technical team providing consultancy to the oil and gas industry. This person will achieve much more in future.
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