Kanheya

Head Engineering Technology
Joined us in 2002, based in India

What makes you, you?

I’m going to be a PULSE volunteer, using my skills to help an NGO teach livelihood skills to uneducated slum youth. How many other companies give their employees three to six months off to do charity work?

What’s the best thing about working here?

Since I came here, I haven’t looked back. I’ve frequently been empowered to make decisions. Sometimes they’ve been the wrong decisions, but you’re allowed to learn from your mistakes.

What are your highlights?

I started my career with GSK in Singapore, working as a chemical engineer and then becoming a Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. I then moved to Scotland for four years as site process engineering team leader. This was a huge cultural change but I was able to offer different views and perspectives to add value. Subsequently, I was awarded the CEO’s award for multicultural diversity and marketing in 2008, which I’m really proud of. I then moved back home to India and became head of the engineering technology centre for global manufacturing and supply.

How have we supported your development?

There’s a very good key talent review process in place. I’ve been part of a leadership edge program and went on a week’s course to improve my leadership skills. This allowed me to network with colleagues across the globe to understand different aspects of our business.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

Act with honesty and integrity at all times and be flexible.