Our women in the spotlight: Tanweer Rahimun

Tanweer Rahimun joined BMMI in 1997 and is now the Performance Management and Employee Relations Manager. Below she shares her experience and what has inspired her.

My journey in BMMI spans over eighteen years. I first joined as the PA for the HR Manager, moved on to be PA to the Nader Trading Divisional Manager, then the PA to the EVP for 8 years in the food services division. From 2010 onwards, I was basically in charge of the entire GSS HR function. Although I had to deal with people overseas, I always felt very connected to the GSS family and the logistics of it was never a hurdle. I made sure to have great working relationships with all my colleagues oversees. Finally, last year, my role solidified as the Performance Management and Employee Relations Manager.

In the beginning, I was supporting a new upcoming division. I must say that it had its fair share of challenges. However, I think what helped me overcome any barriers was the fact that I would never shy away from any work. I’m the type of person who would always search vigorously for new ways that would help improve our processes. I would say I was always ahead of the curve when it came to utilising technology and doing things differently. I had to put in a lot of hard work to prove myself and my existence to the SLG and I’m really proud of my accomplishments.

I must say that my hard work had always paid off and I had a lot of support throughout the years. I credit a lot of my growth to Robert Smith who was and still is a true inspiration.

Think outside the box, don’t let your gender define who you are. At the end of the day it’s about proving yourself, regardless of your gender and being able to know your abilities and limitations. From my experience, I would always tell the people I work with to never be afraid to ask and apologize. Simply own up to your mistakes and turn challenges into opportunities!