2017 STEP Ahead Award Emerging Leader Nominee: Creating a Strong Impact Since Day One – Y Tran 

An Emerging Leader

Y Tran was nominated as an Emerging Leader in this year’s STEP Ahead Awards. Y is a Human Resources Generalist in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Y was nominated as an Emerging Leader, representing young women under 30, to the Manufacturing Institute’s annual awards.  These are young women are seen as the future of the industry and have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments at the start of their careers.

Y began her career with Jabil after she graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology five years ago. From day one Y has been a reliable team member who can be counted on to provide guidance and support when necessary. Her consistent superior service has won praise from customers and internal business leaders, according to Desiree Wong, Jabil Asia Communications Manager. Y was nominated by her entire team for the award.

Career Achievements 

Y’s responsibilities include managing human resources for foreign employees, administration and customer service.  She also creates and coordinates work schedules to ensure operational efficiency in the office.  In 2016 Y was nominated for the Best Employee Award, for her outstanding customer service and consistently excellent performance. Y is an exemplary ambassador for Jabil and this is particularly noticeable during customer visits, as she ensures they are taken care of and provided with prompt and accurate information. Y’s trademark is said to be her warm welcome and excellent hospitality, which she extends to everyone that walks through the door.

One of her biggest achievements to date is being appointed as a team lead for a Lean Six Sigma project to find ways to reduce stationary costs. The team achieved a thirty percent reduction in spending and introduced new processes to regulate consumption, contributing to the organization’s overall profitability.  Y led the five person team, coordinating and supervising the project in collaboration with the project sponsor and Lean Manager.

As the main Human Resource liaison for foreign employees, she serves as their counsellor, providing much valued guidance to help them align with Jabil’s culture. She offers advice and tips about adapting to life in Vietnam, and ensures that they are settling in smoothly, while trying her best to motivate them and resolve work-related issues.

As a project champion for the stationary cost project, Y “created a cohesive and collaborative environment for the team, facilitating ideas and encouraging participation from all team members,” said Desiree.

Corporate Initiatives and Beyond Jabil

In addition to her work responsibilities at Jabil, Y is an active supporter and participant in corporate and social responsibility activities and recently participated in run in Hoi Chi Minh City to help raise funds for cancer research. She has been part of many events including visiting orphanages and donating gifts to those in need.

Y‘s leadership ability also extends beyond Jabil as she led a team of volunteers in organizing the “Heart Sedative Volunteers” event, an awareness and fundraising activity. Y led the overall planning and execution of the event, including the development action plan, assigning tasks to volunteers as well as overseeing the overall logistics to ensure a successful event. The event created awareness and raised over two thousand US dollars for the cause.

Congratulations to Y for being an Emerging Leader nominee for the STEP Ahead Award, she is a true inspiration for those in the early stages of their career.

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