Rafidah Jumal’s career kicked off when she received a Shell Malaysia Scholarship 18 years ago, giving her the opportunity to do a three-month internship at the company. The graduate interview shortly after led to her permanent employment and she hasn’t looked back since.
She has worked as Management Accountant in Malaysia Downstream, Finance Manager at the Gas to Liquids plant (Shell middle distillate synthesis) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Finance Manager for Malaysia and Singapore before taking on a Project Manager System Implementation role.
She also spent a few years in London and The Hague, working in Group Reporting before returning to Malaysia to join Retail as Cluster Finance Manager, covering Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. In her current role, Cluster Finance Manager, South East Asia – Global Commercial, she oversees more than seven countries.
For Rafidah, it’s all about the people and their passion for what they do. “You get such a great mix of diverse talents, cultures, backgrounds and innovative ideas. Passionate people have vision, tenacity and a need to explore new things. Couple this with Shell’s business principles of honesty, integrity and respect for people and the environment, and you’ve got a winning combination. I also love that the company prioritises safety as much as it does – it ensures we all go home to our families at the end of the day,” she explains.
“Family is so important. I’ve learnt my most valuable leadership skills from being a mother and a wife – compassion, humility, authenticity and the ability to truly listen to people, help me to be a better manager,” she shares. “If life at home is out of balance, it will ultimately spill over into your work.”