One year ago today, Ana joined the HYGECO team. On this special day, she shared her background, her motivations and her daily life in the leading French group.
HYGECO: Tell us about your career up to now
Ana: I had a fairly typical student career. First, I did a business school in Normandy where I got a Bachelor’s. Then I did a Master’s in “International Purchasing and Innovation” at KEDGE Business School in Paris for two years including a sandwich year at INDIGO, a company in in the parking sector. So, I had started to put my foot in the professional world before arriving at HYGECO. I had the pleasure of joining the HYGECO team as Group Purchasing Manager. I manage the purchases of all HYGECO subsidiaries. The goal is to really have a global vision and try to achieve maximum savings.
HYGECO: What does a typical day look like for you?
Ana: I respond to and send a lot of emails. But I also find myself getting out of my office to talk to the operational teams to understand what they need. As I handle different subjects in the company, I need the entire staff to contribute in order to accurately move forward with my files. My work also consists of Excel spreadsheets because I have to report the figures and savings that we have made. In addition, there are many telephone contacts in the negotiation phases. It’s about human contact and I prefer phone calls or face-to-face meetings rather than sending emails, which are much more impersonal. These meetings allow me to get to know the suppliers and see what they can bring to us.
HYGECO: What motivates you the most in your work?
Ana: Originally, I chose purchasing as it allows me to negotiate. In fact, I love starting a new topic and saying to myself “let’s see what I will manage to gain, what I will manage to take from this”. Since I have been working at HYGECO, I realize that there are other aspects that I like very much: purchasing affects all areas of the company, so I have to talk to everyone within the company. I particularly appreciate this human contact! I would say that it’s a big part of what motivates me in the morning when I come to work. I know that I will not stay in my office all day and that I am bound to have contact with our suppliers, our customers or my colleagues.
HYGECO: What challenges do you face on a daily basis?
Ana: When I handle a subject, I need to have a good overview. For that, I need feedback and, being at headquarters, it’s very complicated to get a good idea of the reality of the processes and what often happens on the other side of the world!
Thank you Ana and good luck!