Never one to step away from challenges, Albin aspires to embark on an emerging career in data protection and privacy compliance as this would complement his current employment profile in delivering a holistic value proposition to prospective employers.
The opportunity of having worked overseas has broadened and sharpened Albin’s perspectives where he was constantly exposed to a multitude of cross-cultural best practices.
The practical experiences of having set up a safety management system in his career have equipped him with valuable insights where he hopes to replicate the same efforts in conceptualizing an effective privacy compliance programme.
Albin believes in embracing new responsibilities readily as the process has benefited him in acquiring new skills that developed his potential continuously throughout his career journey.
Read on to find out more about Albin…
1. Tell me about yourself?
I have been working for Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) MNC companies serving the Process / Petrochemical Industry for more than 10 years.
After graduation in 2001, I worked as a Technical Piping Engineer in the shipyard field for 2.5 years after which, I left to join EPC MNCs.
Since then, I have worked in the process industry.
I loved working in this industry which offered me opportunities to work overseas and that has provided me with multi-cultural exposure.
When I joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific (MHI-AP) in 2012 as Construction Specialist, I was sent to Brunei for an unplanned shutdown for 1.5 months; equipment expediter to oversee fabricators in Taiwan and Vietnam.
In 2017, I studied Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) Compliance course and Data Protection Officer (DPO), hoping to make a switch into data protection & privacy compliance industry as this will be emerging career and this industry is a complement with my skill set.
2. What made you venture into the safety facet of your industry?
My role in MHIAP was expanded to a Management Representative to set up Safety Management System (SMS) as there was no Safety Department nor Safety Manager to handle.
The Senior Director knew I was taking the safety course and I was assigned to do the job.
Setting up, implementing and sustaining the Privacy Compliance Program is very similar to setting up Safety Management System (SMS) in MHIAP.
As such I want to anchor the same concept for the Privacy Compliance program and in my prospective job.
3. What are you currently looking for?
I am looking for a company where I can implement/sustain the Privacy Program, possibly in hospitals or insurance sectors to add value to the company.
I am open to local or overseas EPC jobs serving the Process / Petrochemical industry.
4. Greatest professional achievement
My greatest professional achievement in MHIAP was the success of setting up and implementing the Safety Management System in accordance with the Ministry of Manpower’s requirements.
Another pride of mine was when the Senior Director recognized my potential and expanded my role by sending me overseas; assigning me as Construction Manager for the very 1st project for MHIAP.
Personally, during my career, I achieved job satisfaction and respect from Overseas Fabricators which gave me tremendous joy.
5. The most significant challenge you overcome at work
I was fairly nervous when my Management gave me a deadline by end of the month to implement the Safety Management System (SMS).
It was a major project for the company, as the failure of completion can result in the inability to secure a project. but I have another project ongoing which took up much of my time.
I chose to work beyond official working hours and had to work with budgeting constraints to complete and implement the project.
6. What is one philosophy you bring to work?
My philosophy to work is very simple – to be open and willing to ask management for advice or assistance.
I enjoy taking on more responsibilities as I believe in learning new skills and being multi-role by accepting different responsibilities depending on project requirements
7. Who influenced you the most in your career and why?
My biggest influence would be my parents.
They gave me a listening ear whenever I needed advice and they always encouraged me to step out of comfort zone, to be humble and willing to learn new skills.