With a degree in mechanical engineering, an MBA and 14 years’ experience in sourcing and procurement in multinational companies, Lydia Qin fit perfectly into Shell when she joined the company four years ago.
There are several things about working for Shell that make her enthusiastic. “After almost 10 years of working for American companies, I like the exposure to different cultures that comes with working for Shell, a European company. Shell is known for its customer care and it also provides a good platform for people’s development. I also like that heavy equipment and big machinery are part of our work – it reminds me of my mechanical engineering background. Plus, the office is closer to my home which makes my life a lot easier,” she says.
She’s currently responsible for the China Sourcing Office (CSO) in Shanghai and Beijing. “I am proud to work here and exposure to new, challenging things is never-ending. Being a strategic focus in CP, China Sourcing has contributed value in terms of cost, delivery, and supply options without compromising on quality. Shell is the first energy company I’ve worked for and there are excellent programmes supporting women – it’s encouraging to know that we’re all equally valued here.
“When I first joined, the CSO team was still at the development stage. Four years on, I’m happy that we’ve managed to build a stronger team and build up our credibility. We’ve developed nearly 20 EFA suppliers in China, covering a wide range of supply from material and equipment to fabrication and services. The utilisation rate of these suppliers is steadily increasing. We have got positive feedback from various projects, which is good for the team and suppliers. It’s been a journey – there are 14 of us and we work well together,” she shares.
“We’ve all learned to prioritise our work and make use of the flexible working policy when we have personal matters to attend to. I have a few young mothers in my team – I often see what a big difference flexible working makes to their lives,” she says.