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" I am responsible for the plasterboard Plant & Supply Chain activities for Saint-Gobain Gyproc. I develop the operational strategy to support the wider business strategy, including capacity utilization, capital expenditure requirements, supply chain activities, and new product and people development.
My first priority is to keep a high standard of safety and ZERO accidents across all sites. The pillar of my position is really to lead the warehousing, plant management, and purchasing teams and rely on their skills to drive a high and sustainable performance. I'm based in Abu Dhabi in the plant and I frequently go to Dubai to meet the purchasing team. I start my day with a production meeting where we discuss safety, production KPIs, and warehousing activities, and I then do my tour on the shop floor to visit the teams on the production stations and in the warehouse. I've lived many lives with Saint-Gobain. I was 21 when I joined it in Lebanon, where I started my career in finance. In 2013, I moved to UAE to take the role of Finance Manager for Saint-Gobain Weber in the GCC. After 3 years, I moved to the Gypsum and Pipes activities as Finance Manager for Saint-Gobain Gyproc in the UAE. I was also given the opportunity to work on strategic projects related to joint ventures in the Middle East. And again, after 3 years my management said “Okay you've done everything you have to do in finance, so what do you think about moving to an operational role?” I trusted the management’s vision and I liked the idea of embarking on a challenging journey very rich in learning and self-development, so I didn't hesitate!
" SG treasury management is based on 3 principles: enforcement of financial risk management rules within the group, optimization of financial conditions for the entities, and management of daily operations.
EMME treasury supports the treasuries of the countries, serves as the interface between the DTF and the local treasury functions, anticipates cash flow shortages and finds alternative funding options, negotiates with banks, monitors the execution of the foreign currency hedging, and ensures that all the Group guidelines are followed properly. I collaborate with three Treasury Managers (GCC – Turkey – Egypt), and was travelling frequently before Covid-19 to the countries to meet with the team, with bank representatives, and to review treasury matters. Nowadays, we switched to video conferencing and online tools. 20 years of experience in finance prior to joining Saint-Gobain, I have been working for Saint-Gobain for 4 years; 2 years as procurement manager and I am Treasurer for the EMME since 2 years.
Working with Saint-Gobain teams is different than working with other Companies; the spirit is different. It is more teamwork oriented, and you feel you belong to this family.
I am proud and happy to be part of the Saint-Gobain family, and I strongly encourage talents to join Saint-Gobain where experience, career development and a dynamic environment will be waiting for them.
" I’ve been working at Saint-Gobain Weber for 4 years. Before, I had different experiences in multi-national companies of various sectors as an HR professional.
What is challenging for me in HR is that no two days are ever the same. I believe that HR has a strategic role in influencing and shaping an organization’s culture through good people management practices, regardless of the size, industry or current environment of the company. If you enjoy working with people in a diverse environment, HR can be a good option because you can confront a variety of challenges on a day to day basis, from administrative tasks, like contracts and job applications, to more people-oriented tasks, like implementing new ways of working or increasing the level of engagement and collaboration.
The best part of working at Saint-Gobain as an HR professional is that is you can help your stakeholders, your employees, your customers, your candidates benefit from a variety of solid experiences, considering that this is a company which has been in the market for 355 years with all the wisdom, expertise, acquired knowledge and refinement in its DNA, and shows a strong commitment to its purpose of “making the world a better home.” With that strength, you can design a tremendous development path for your employees just from the first day, as well as being able to offer a well-designed candidate journey to attract the new- generation, young talents. I believe HR is a core player in this striving to make our purpose a real call to action.
" I am responsible of the daily operation of Saint-Gobain Weber plant in Lebanon Hosrayel (Jbeil), my job consists on a daily follow up with most of the departments to ensure good planning and organization in order to have an efficient productivity chain, providing our customers good services and product quality.
I am based in Lebanon more specifically in Jbeil, I started my career in this same company in 2001 that was previously known locally as SODAMCO, after our integration in the Saint-Gobain group we started promoting our activity as Saint-Gobain Weber Middle East.
I joined the group as a secretary and my role has evolved to sales coordinator, stock keeper, customer service manager and today I am the Operation Manager of the plant. All these positions allowed me to develop my know-how and strengthen my ability to take over such higher responsibility in the group.
I am proud of my achievements and throughout the years I have learned a lot on how to motivate our team, be patient, open and supportive as well as focus on good teamwork, encourage agility and foster loyalty.
Being the person I am today, I have gained the respect of my team and have inspired other women in the group to believe that effort pays and that nothing is impossible.