I joined in December 2007 under the Odenberg family as Office Manager, and then as the company changed through acquisition my position moved into the HR/People Department. Previously I held HR/People related positions in CPL, Microsoft and Wyeth focused mainly on recruitment, induction, development and training and polices.
What is your role at TOMRA?
As People and Organisation Manager, I look after Ireland, the UK, Italy, France, Japan and South Korea – mostly within Food and some overlap into Recycling. People is my business and I am happy to help across all the business areas.
Why did you decide to work for TOMRA?
I like to have variety within my role and feel challenged each day; in almost 12 years I can honestly say no two days are the same. We have an amazing bunch of people within TOMRA who are passionate about what they do and I’m proud to part of that.
What does your average work day look like?
Currently the focus is on recruiting or activities related to our recruiting efforts; then employee relations, payroll administration, management and employee support across many countries, budget planning, workshops, global mobility, facility topics, health and safety; beyond that it can vary quite a bit day to day.
What's the best thing about your job?
The best part of working in this job is the variety that comes with this profession. I love being able to work on diverse projects across a range of departments and countries; you get to spend time engaging with some amazing people to achieve a common goal.
What's the skill you'd most like to have?
To play the guitar!
What are you passionate about professionally or personally?
Professionally: Ensuring I give the best support to the company’s biggest asset – our people. Personally: Spending time with my family which includes our pets, friends and exploring different parts of Ireland, singing and recording (for fun) with my hubby, rugby, gigs and revamping old furniture. I love life so I could go on, anyone who knows me knows I like to keep busy.
What's your favourite holiday destination?
It’s too hard to give just one; I love exploring new places with my husband and sons. I’m very lucky that my mother has a home in the South of France – that’s my go-to unwind space. After that (so far), my favourite places are anywhere in the West of Ireland, Thailand, Malaysia and San Francisco.
What's your greatest business achievement?
Most recently, implementing a new, improved and fair benefit package in Ireland by increasing annual leave, improving long term illness, maternity and paternity leave pay. Caring about our people is one of the six leadership principles and this was at the core of the process and it supports our employer brand when we are in the market to attract and retain the best talent.
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What's your greatest personal achievement?
Being a mother, it’s the most rewarding job in my life and also the most stressful. They keep you grounded and challenge you to be the best version of you as they grow and learn.
What did you eat for lunch?
Salmon salad and an apple, typically I bring in my own each day.