Conny Von Gabain: Saving Money, Helping Employees

The Deliver Best Practices Competition, an annual, global continuous improvement challenge to recognize, support and promote process advancements at Jabil recently came to a close. Of the 32 individuals invited to St. Petersburg to present their projects, 11 were women. We will be featuring them, their project and how they embody Jabil’s core values in the following weeks. Come back often and read about these accomplished ladies.

There’s no wonder Conny Von Gabain’s team theme song was “Money, Money, Money” by Abba. After all, the HR representative from Venray, The Netherlands, was the team leader on a project that took changes in Dutch taxes as an opportunity to investigate cost saving opportunities. Not only were these opportunities helpful for Jabil, they also benefited employees.

Von Gabain’s team project, “New Salaries Up and Jabil Costs Down” made it to the final round of the Human Development category, bringing home third place. By taking the time to investigate changes in an updated tax regulation, Von Gabain was displaying one of Jabil’s core values of being accountable. This core value is echoed by Von Gabain with how she’s found that, at Jabil, everyone’s opinion is appreciated.

Von Gabain’s favorite part of the Jabil culture is its “openness, equal treatment for everyone and the opportunity to develop yourself if you want to.” She sees no gender barrier for herself or her female colleagues within Jabil’s walls. “I think the most qualified person should be in the position, man or woman. At our site, I don’t see a difference in the treatment between men and women.”

With a childhood ambition of becoming a teacher, Von Gabain started her career as a cashier in a supermarket. It’s safe to say that Von Gabain has made impressive strides in her personal development and career. Although, if Von Gabain could tell a younger version of herself one thing, it would be to “enjoy every minute of your life.”

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