A Woman’s Network contributor Farah has spent sometime to answer the our Interview Questions!
Lucy and Farah met at the very first Coffee Corners networking event in December 2018. It was clear from their first encounter that they both shared the same passion, enthusiasm and ambition for female progression and the zest for life! With a similar career background and a balance of different experiences they soon started planning next steps for A Woman’s Network.
From setting up a Trello board to creating posters – Farah has already enriched the concept of this networking space and continues to volunteer her time to help grow the community both on the Meetup page and on social media.
Farah is a keen volunteer – most (if not every) Saturday she volunteers at ‘The Chiltern Wood Recycling Project’ https://chilternwoodrecycling.co.uk/ where she rolls up her sleeves and get involved helping out where she can!
With a multi-continental career, Farah has worked in France, Mexico and the UK giving her the growth and experience throughout her years.
Find out more about this Professional Woman, by reading her interview below.
Q: Tell us about your career?
A: I have been lucky enough to start early and spend time in very diverse cultures, work environments and company structures and industries.
I think being an analyst was in my personality from teenage. And it was probably triggered by my time in Paris restaurants as a student. These jobs involve maximising each footstep, anticipating the customers wishes and following sometimes strict etiquette. Then joining the world of Master Data, I felt my process thinking skills were enhanced by the motivation I found in this highly concrete data governance world. Each task involves clear steps, requires solid methodology.
Q: What inspired you to work in this field?
A: Master Data attracted me because the technical side of it was accessible to anyone with the right reasoning mindset. I did not need an IT diploma. All I needed was to prove that my investigation and testing skills were founded on sturdy logic.
Q: What does your job in Master Data involve?
A: Many picture Master Data as creating and enforcing rules for a company’s core operational data. I perceive it more from the people side. I believe it is critical to understand the processes and history behind the current state of affairs and the possibly less than optimal setups. Once you understand the why, you can devise a better organisation, change plan and communicate the benefits of quality in master data with the rest of the company.
Q: What has been the biggest career challenge?
A: As I have worked most of my professional life in multicultural environments, I find it is crucial to keep cultural differences in mind. It is all well to know it, but to integrate that idea into everyday dealings with people from other parts of the world, is another set of challenges.
I find it is the best challenge too as it forces growth both on the personal and professional parts of one’s life.
Q: What has been your career highlight?
A:The defining moment of my career was me joining Techtronic Industries’ newly formed Master Data department. Actually the first employee of the team, I was given the opportunity to witness the construction of a Master Data organisation from the ground up. I had never taken part in IT implementation projects and the SAP waves I took part of at TTI involves all the moving pieces of a company… From Customer Services or Finance to the Distribution Centres, I had the chance to collaborate with all possible stakeholders within the company and evangelise at the same time on the matters of Master Data Governance.
Q: What are your goals for 2019?
A: This year I am focusing on contracting. This is a lifestyle and work profile I have never tried before and wanted to see if this would offer me more opportunities to discover ever more industries and ways of working.
Q: What was the best advice you have been given and who was it from?
A: It was not so much advice as experiences one after another that convinced me there is no point trying to be someone you are not. Of course there always are rough edges to round up, but if you are bubbly, be bubbly, if you are more reserved, don’t be ashamed to not want to be the centre of attention in meetings.
Bottom line, if it isn’t you, you won’t do it right. So you do you and be the best version of it you can be.
To connect with Farah, check out her linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/farahnaili