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Kelvin Ng Wei Yong

Vice President, Supply Chain: SATS BRF

Kelvin studied for an MSc in Mechatronics in 1995. As the current Vice President in Supply Chain for SATS BRF, Kelvin outlines some of his day-to-day tasks, the importance of his Loughborough education and his knowledge of Mechatronics.

How did you get your current job and can you share your career journey so far?

I was headhunted by an agency to work in my current role. I am a senior management executive with more than 20 years of experience. For the initial years of my career, I was in the Technology sector, working with 2 large MNCs- Hewlett Packard and 3Com Technologies. This was followed with another interesting but steep learning curve with DHL providing solutions on their supply chain across the globe. My love for cooking and food inspired my next role with Yum! brands, driving supply chain excellence from farm to fork for KFC and Pizza Hut in 13 countries across Asia. Since 2012, I have also served with the Marine Stewardship Council, whose goal is to reverse the decline of fish stocks for this and future generations.

How relevant was your subject of study in securing your job?

Very relevant - especially with the tight labour force in Singapore. The need for technology and automation is growing. My MSC in Mechatronics enabled me to work closely with my suppliers as I speak the same language as them.

What is a typical working day for you?

My typical work day starts with a team meeting, followed by walking the floor to ensure that everything is in order. Most of my day is in meetings with customers, suppliers and internal stakeholders. It typically ends with quiet time to reflect on the day and plan for the next day’s activities.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

Over the years, I have moved from being a customer to a supplier and also from local roles and regional roles to global roles. With Globalisation and E-Commerce, information is now a click away. We need to constantly learn and adapt or we will no longer remain relevant in the workplace.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Being able to combine my love for great food and working with food in my job every day. It’s a recession proof industry as we all have to eat every day and it’s never boring!

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

Being able to shape and mould the next generation of leaders. It’s humbling when you see the staff you have worked with soar to greater heights in their career.

What advice would you give to others who would like to get into this career?

Be a motivator and a change agent. If you continue doing things the same way, how can we change the outcomes? Come out of your comfort zone, challenge the norms and raise the bar every day.

In which ways would you say the programme at Loughborough University helped to prepare you for your future career?

The combination of my good grounding in Loughborough University and my diverse experience positioned me well to understand complex markets and businesses in Asia Pacific, defining growth strategies and working across the entire supply chain. Mechatronics and Robotics is becoming ever more important, the need for more efficient supply chains, the invention of drones and faster planes and computers. The programme at Loughborough was way ahead of its time. In 1995, the word Mechatronics was still very much in its infancy, it’s quite spectacular to see how far we have come over the years.

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