Welcome back to our feature “Meet our Team”.
Today we introduce to you our colleague Lucy Yu, Procurement Manager. Find out why Lucy Yu is passionate about working in international projects and what she likes about the “big” and “small” family.
My name is Lucy Yu and I am a procurement manager. Within this position I am in charge of procurement activities for the business unit large bore pistons at our plant in Kunshan and support the small bore piston business within global projects. Therefore I work together with colleagues from the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Prior to joining Rheinmetall Automotive, the projects I was part of were limited by size and locations, e. g. only at one plant. Now I am working for projects across seven plants. The activities I am part of today are challenging but I really recognize the power of teamwork within the global groups. Being able to share knowledge, information, and different ideas with colleagues around the world makes me enjoy my work a lot. The experience in those projects has made me able to recognize potentials for process optimization, through which we achieve to make our business in China and worldwide more efficient.
Through the international projects I feel like a part of the “big” global family while at the same time, I am a member of our “small” local family in Kunshan. Therefore, the company feels very worldly to me but with the benefits of having an intimate local team and low administrative barriers. Our management team in Kunshan contributes to the family-like atmosphere by communicating openly about our business situation and explaining decisions to us employees. This openness makes me not only feel confident and safe, but also fosters my trust in our management team. Moreover, as a procurement manager, I also visit new suppliers and introduce our company to them, including our financial figures, which is why open communication is necessary for me to do a good job. Every time when I’m presenting the company, I really feel a strong sense of job safety and I am proud to contribute to our success through my work.
For me, it is important that I can continue to learn from my colleagues and here, I am surrounded by many inspiring and talented people. Furthermore, my colleagues are always supportive and therefore the company is an attractive employer to me. The good work atmosphere is very visible during our “Family Days”. I like them very much because I can show to my family, especially to my daughters, where I work and who my colleagues are. That convinces them that I am very happy with my job and the company I work for. I also highly value the flexible working hours, in particular when traffic is bad. In addition, we have an annual health check and receive gifts on special occasions, such as national holidays or our birthdays, which make me feel appreciated as an employee.