Loo Lee Chian

Production Manager

BE (Honours) Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya (UM), 1997

At university 
I studied chemical engineering at UM. In my opinion, chemical engineers have more career opportunities because the course has the broadest scope of any engineering discipline. Above all, chemical engineers are versatile!

My company and job
I joined Nestlé as Management Trainee (MT) and it has been an enriching and fulfilling experience as the programme thoroughly equipped me to embark on my career path in Nestlé. The programme provided me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in other functional departments, which helped me better understand the business as a whole. Today, I am Production Manager and my role is instrumental in the implementation of manufacturing strategic initiatives to ensure sustainability, and enhance performances of the plant for the future as well as shop floor competency building and motivation.

The best and worst bits
My job is challenging, but also rewarding because every day is an opportunity to learn and grow. I am motivated when the effort and commitment is reflected through the key performance indicators (KPIs). Engaging the team and consistent coaching is crucial in ensuring the success and alignment of objectives.

My most memorable achievement at work
The most memorable achievement was when my first manufacturing plant successfully joined the Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) journey through the launch of the NCE Foundation Gate in 2011. This is a great milestone indicating the maturity and readiness of the team to be empowered, enhancing the operations performance to a greater height.

Getting the job
I had gone through three rounds (if I’m not mistaken) of interviews to get the job. The secret of success is to be ‘you’ (in my opinion) during the interview; just be open about your weaknesses and strengths.

Be prepared for
As young graduates, you must always be open and adaptive to change. Changes are far too dynamic in any multinational organisation. If you don’t change, you will be changed!

Some advice
Be honest, open, committed and transparent. Also, be willing to learn and be willing to work harder!