“We share values like respect and integrity”

Chong Hui Yee, 26, from Teluk Intan, Perak joined Hanson Malaysia as a management trainee in 2011. Her first assignment was at Rawang quarry, where she gained experience on various aspects of quarry and asphalt operations. Chong was also exposed to Hanson's concrete operations at the Sungei Besi plant in Kuala Lumpur. She was promoted to project development engineer in August 2012, which is the position she currently holds.

Liew Kim Chai, 57, from Kuala Lumpur has been with the company for 32 years and has come a long way since starting work with a local aggregates and asphalt producer which was acquired by a multinational company and subsequently came under the control of HeidelbergCement. He began his career as an assistant accountant with the local company and is now regional manager in charge of central region operations in Malaysia. Liew is currently responsible for 5 quarries, 6 asphalt plants and 10 concrete plants located in his region.

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How would you describe HeidelbergCement? Can you identify yourself with the company?

Liew:
For me, HeidelbergCement stands for stability. I am proud to work for such a financially strong and dynamic company.

Chong:
I agree. I see HeidelbergCement as driven by motivated people striving for excellence. In addition to the health and stability of the company, I also like the good working environment and company culture.

Liew: And I can identify myself with the company because we share values like performance, respect, and integrity.

What, for you, characterizes a good employer and a good job?

Liew:
I think a good employer is one that adheres to its values, as well as appreciating and recognizing the efforts and achievements of its employees.

Chong:
In my opinion, an employer has to provide career opportunities and demonstrate a commitment to empowerment. One of the things I like about my job is that it entails travel to production sites for project work – that is much more interesting than office work. It gives me a sense of triumph when I’m able to apply my mineral resources knowledge on the job.

Liew:
In my case, challenging and measurable objectives make my job especially exciting. For me, a job is good when I can push myself beyond previous limits, which gives me a degree of satisfaction.

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How has your job changed since the beginning?

Liew:
My job has changed considerably since I started with the company. I began at operational level as an assistant accountant. Now I’m the regional manager in charge of central region operations.

Chong:
I started as a management trainee and was promoted to project development engineer. I have only been working with the company for 2 years now, so there is not much of a difference. But I have taken on more responsibilities compared to when I started. Incidentally, I’m glad to share this conversation with Liew. It helps me to better understand the rich history of our organization.

Liew:
I can understand that. When I was a quarry manager back in the day, we were a local company. You know, we were already the largest aggregates and asphalt producer in Malaysia. So we were obviously an interesting target. We were acquired by Australian interests first, then British and now German. We have come a long way from our local roots, growing and becoming a multinational company. And now we are part of HeidelbergCement, the largest aggregates company in the world! It is also gratifying to look back on how we have survived the past financial turbulence and come through as a more resilient and stronger organization.

Chong:
The company has been stable during my time here, and I am impressed by how we have managed to turnaround successfully in the past. This alone speaks volumes about the management’s capabilities and exceptional leadership.

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What do you think will change in the next few years at HeidelbergCement and what are your personal ambitions?

Liew:
It is difficult to predict what is going to happen over time, but we hope to see stable growth and continued financial strength so that we can successfully build for the future.

Chong:
I look forward to seeing our country’s economy start to pick-up again now that the general election uncertainty has been resolved. Our company should do well with the buoyant construction sector in the coming years. Personally, my next professional aspiration is to become a quarry manager. As this would increase my responsibilities, I hope to have an additional staff member to assist me in my work.

Liew:
Besides working hard to achieve my management objectives and adhering to the company’s values, my hope for the future is that I’ll stay healthy in order to enjoy my contribution to the company’s success.

(The interview was conducted in 2013.)

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