S.Y. Kwon

HR Service Center Representative
천안시, Republic of Korea
Rechargeable Battery Materials
Working for umicore since 2019
"My priority is to help colleagues feel at home at Umicore and I love it!"

Can you describe your role/position at Umicore?

Since 2019 I am an HR service center representative. Our center is the first point of contact for all employees who have questions on HR matters. Besides that, I am also responsible for the payroll administration.

What do you like about your job?

I especially like helping our newcomers. I take a lot of pride in answering their questions and resolving their problems. As I encounter many people working in different areas, I learn a lot on several topics.

What do you like about working at Umicore?

Most likely, the good atmosphere at the office and within the team. When we are working on a project, we work together, brainstorm and listen to each other. Our opinions are never ignored and we can express our thoughts. Umicore is a very inclusive company, where we respect everyone’s opinion. It doesn’t matter where you come from. 

Why did you want to work at Umicore?

First of all, I wanted to work in human resources and have the opportunity to become a real HR professional. Secondly, I really liked Umicore’s focus on diversity. Last but not least, the more I read about Umicore, the more I learned about its environmental and sustainable approach. I really liked it and I wanted to be part of that story.

What do you look forward to when you set off to work in the morning?

Every day is different. As an HR service center representative, I get all kinds of questions from our employees. I look forward to receiving their questions, finding a solution and seeing them leave our center smiling when the matter is solved. Supporting colleagues with HR related matters and solve their queries is my first priority. 

What has been the highlight of your time at Umicore so far?

I received an award as an excellent employee last year. That was my highlight moment at Umicore so far. Receiving the award felt like a recognition and a confirmation that my hard work was paying off. It motivated me to work even harder to achieve my goals. 

Any advice for newcomers?

Don’t be afraid to ask any questions to colleagues or to come to our HR center. Our teams are very open to help you and to help create a nice work environment for everyone.