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Taking a Leap of Faith at the Deep End

Yuen Jia Feng Justin
Yuen Jia Feng Justin

Assistant Manager (Special Projects), ST Engineering

Q: Tell us about yourself and your work at ST Engineering.
Having taken up the ST Engineering Overseas Scholarship, I graduated with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London and am now deployed with ST Engineering (Corporate) as an Assistant Manager in the Special Projects Department.

Currently, my daily bread and butter predominantly involves supporting the Integration Management Office which oversees the implementation of Project Delta, which is a Group-wide effort to roll out shared services in a bid to reap productivity gains and build capacity for growth.

Q: What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?
In light of my previous three-year engineering stint with ST Aerospace and a year of exposure in Internal Audit, my current role offers a fairly different perspective to the workings of an MNC business. While operations and governance are undoubtedly key pillars of an organisation, good corporate strategy and management are the glue that binds everything together.

Despite a strong focus on the softer and more abstract deliverables at its core, steering the transformation of an organisation on such a massive scale is no less hard to deliver than a domain-centric product such as a refreshed aircraft or an audit report. And this is where I have found my challenge and, fortunately, my satisfaction as well – barring the rainy days, of course.

“A cocktail of good programme management, problem-solving skills, confliction resolution and creativity, topped with a decent sense of humour, would go a long way in easing the daily grind of work.”
Yuen Jia Feng Justin, Assistant Manager (Special Projects), ST Engineering

Q: What does the company do to contribute to its employees’ professional development?
Over the past few months, change has been the only constant both at an organisational level and in the very lives of the individuals supporting it. Consequently, we have all been very involved in equipping ourselves and our fellow colleagues to best manage this adjustment.

This was achieved through an ongoing series of training workshops, stakeholder engagements, and planned re-skilling, all of which underscore the Group’s commitment to developing our human capital. This is in addition to the routine learning and development courses offered for professional growth as well.

Q: What skills or talents are essential to being effective in your job?
Talent and skills are best forged by taking that leap of faith into the deep end of the pool. I am thankful that with the help of experienced colleagues and sheer determination, my new portfolio has been for me an excellent platform to work on building various life-skills and to overcome my weaknesses.

A cocktail of good programme management, problem-solving skills, confliction resolution and creativity, topped with a decent sense of humour, would go a long way in easing the daily grind of work. In the long term, they help bridge the present reality and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Though the path is rough and sobering at times, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, both in a professional and personal capacity.