Posted on 07/23/2019

Portraits from China: Fang Yan

In our fifth interview in the China series we talked to Fang Yan, Head of Packaging Purchasing in China, about her experiences of working at BSH.

What’s your name?
Yan Fang

What’s your background?
I was born in Jiangsu, studied in Nanjing, and settled my family here. I joined BSH 15 years ago, and most of my BSH life has been spent with supply chain functions. I worked for indirect category, steering, and process, and now as head of packaging purchasing.

What made you choose BSH?
BSH is my first company and so far the only one. The Siemens brand has a very good reputation in terms of their products and in the job market; that was true 15 years ago and it’s the same today. Joining BSH after university was an honor, and I’m grateful to have started my career here.

Please describe your role and responsibilities at BSH.
I’m responsible for packaging and printed material purchasing in the production material area for the Region Greater China subsidiaries.

What’s so special about working at BSH China?
Working at BSH is like working in a big family. It’s mature processes and strict division of responsibilities is quite different than local Chinese companies. Chinese speed and a VUCA* market is making us deal with more and more opportunities and challenges.

Do you have a hobby – and if so, why are you passionate about it?
I like travelling a lot! Travelling is my “pressure regulator” after a period of work pressure. What’s especially appealing to me is to get to know different people, their cultures and attitude to life.

What’s your favorite BSH product or your favorite BSH innovation?
Dish care is my favorite product. In China people aren’t used to having an automatic solution to the standard “kitchen fight.” Now there’s a perfect solution!

*VUCA is an acronym that stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous and describes, among other things, today’s difficult conditions of managing a company.