Position joined as: Senior Executive - HR
Tell us about your job
My job covers the entire spectrum of HR disciplines in our Mumbai engineering centre which I like to describe as ‘Hatch – Match’:
My role also includes collaboration and coordination with other departments and ensuring systems and processes are adhered to.
What excites you about the work you are doing now?
Almost everything. I do what I love and I love what I do.
Interacting with senior and junior colleagues; working and collaborating with them; helping them; being inspired by them – all of this makes an impact on the Company.
Exploring all the different facets of HR excites me a lot, and because I learn something new every day, there is never a dull day.
Tell us about your journey with Petrofac
I joined the Mumbai office in 2006 and have seen a lot of change over the last 10 years.
I initially worked in recruitment as the focus was on hiring people. There was no HR department and no concept of organisational development (OD). Both were introduced and I was given the opportunity to work on developing disciplines such as competency management, performance management, performance planning and employee development.
Nurturing our new trainees is important to the success of our engineering centre. Those entering Petrofac are considered to be the ‘diamonds’ in their particular academy. I’ve been deeply involved in the development of soft skills, in particular our ‘Campus to Corporate’ module that helps trainees transition from student to becoming an engineering professional. I also launched our mentoring programme and our ‘buddy scheme’ for trainees.
What has been the highlight of your time at Petrofac?
Highlights of the last 10 years include visits by founders Ayman Asfari and Maroun Semaan to the Mumbai office, as well as my own visits to Petrofac’s offices in Chennai, Delhi, Shajrah, Abu Dhabi, Woking and London. I was also very proud to be a finalist in the EVE Award ethical category in 2011 – the inaugural year of the awards.
I’ve been heavily involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. I’ve taken part in fundraising drives including marathons and the Oxfam 100 km trail walk. I’ve also been the organiser and Master Of Ceremonies for our annual Parampara event for staff and families, which helps build our family atmosphere here.
What has been your key learning at Petrofac?
Be driven by our values. Be genuine, be positive and be energetic. Don’t expect things; earn them.
Also, people are not robots and my own engineering background helps me connect with employees, most of whom are engineers. Engineering principles are important ingredients to success for Petrofac, but basing human capital strategies on engineering alone is a recipe for disaster. For excellence in HR, one needs to be a good motivator and decision maker and I need to think with both an engineer’s and an HR hat.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
My aspiration is to maintain an environment of learning, growth and excellence which always gives me immense satisfaction and paves the way for self-development.
I’ve had 26 great years working in engineering, HR and OD, and what started as a job has morphed into my life! It has been an adventurous learning journey with many paths still to explore. I would like to retire from Petrofac after setting up a legacy for future HR professionals to follow.
What advice would you give someone thinking about a career with Petrofac?
If you have the drive for excellence and a commitment to work hard, then the sky is the limit.