Lisa Jiang has been working at Sandvik since 2006, starting as a field sales engineer and moving into a number of other sales and key account roles every couple of years. Today she is Managing Director at product unit Precision Strip, within Sandvik Materials Technology in Shanghai, China.
Q: What was your first impression of Sandvik?
A: My first impression when I joined Sandvik is that it is like a family. I have been here for 12 years and a lot has changed but we still have a very good work atmosphere.
Q: What is the biggest difference since then?
A: I feel we are more customer-focused than before and also we have become faster and even more ambitious.
Q: Two years ago, you were selected to attend a Sandvik global leadership program. Tell us about it!
A: In the beginning, I felt they had chosen the wrong person for the program. I didn’t have the confidence to participate at this program level, but my manager encouraged me to do it. It paid off. Sandvik training has been a big support throughout my career development, and the leadership program in particular encouraged me to take greater responsibility.
Q: What did you learn?
A: My big takeaway from the global leadership program was to step out of the comfort zone, take challenges and try to do the thing you thought you couldn’t do.