Welcome to the world of Swire Finance
What you will need:
We set the standard for excellence wherever we do business, with a 200-year history and an unparalleled reputation for integrity, professionalism, and innovation. We are committed to sustainable growth and dedicated to improving training and development within our business.
One core element of this strategy is attracting talents to our business. Forward-looking and original, with the ability to deal with complex and changing markets is our competitive advantage. Many of our core operations can be found in Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong and Mainland China. Elsewhere, our businesses are found in the most diverse areas such as Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Africa, Sri Lanka, the U.S.A. and the U.K.
The Group Staff Finance Programme is distinctive because you’re not restricted to one particular business area. You get exposure to all the different stages of the supply chain - from manufacturing to retail services - and come into contact with lots of different business functions. I get to see the scope of work we do, from Hong Kong to cities all over Mainland China. It’s a great opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the group.
I was made to feel part of the Swire family straight away. Something that became clear very quickly was that people here really value work-life balance - which is a contrast from my previous professional auditing experience - but they’re dedicated to creating consistently excellent work. Though collaborators have high expectations of each other, they’re supportive and eager to find ways to help when things get busy. The programme has definitely exceeded my expectations so far – both in terms of the culture and the level of exposure I’ve had.
Right now I’m looking forward to getting involved in a new joint venture together with the preparation of the company’s annual budget. I’m keen to be really hands-on and learn as much as I can. My top tip for anyone who wants to join Swire on this programme is to be confident and be yourself. If you’re proactive and enjoy creating your own opportunities in Mainland China, this programme is perfect for you.
I’ve always wanted to live and work in Asia. I’ve been working in our head office in Hong Kong for 3 years now and I haven’t looked back. As well as taking on lots of responsibility early on, like overseeing the production of our annual report, I get the chance to interact with the group’s different businesses around the world. Few programmes offer qualified accountants the same variety and challenge.
Being surrounded by fantastic people is the best thing about working here. At all levels, people are professional, approachable and good-humoured – it really is a great working environment. Something that struck me soon after I joined is that Swire’s values aren’t just business jargon. People really identify with them and put them into practice every day. I’d say to anyone thinking about joining: ask yourself if these values resonate with you – they are a huge part of the culture.
The training you get on the House Staff Finance Programme is amazing. I spent two weeks at INSEAD in Singapore, a leading business school, learning about all kinds of subjects from marketing to strategy. It was a brilliant experience. With Swire, you never stop learning. Every project has its own unique demands and opportunities, so you’re constantly developing your skills. And with lots of exposure to senior management, you learn from the top. I can’t wait for my next big challenge.
A career with Swire gives you exposure to our diverse portfolio of businesses, from world-class airlines to luxury property. Joining our Finance Programme gives you the opportunity to access a wide range of industries and gain broad experience, so you can build a highly rewarding career in a commercial business.
Our values – integrity, humility, endeavour, excellence and continuity – are woven into everything we do and are embodied by every Swire employee. They are a key reason why our employees join Swire – and stay here.
Integrity We've built our reputation on quality. We have high expectations of each other to keep delivering it. You'll be quick to learn and even quicker to adapt. Doing things the right way should always be your top priority.
Humility Essential to success – Finance Group Staff and House Staff should share their desire to learn and be challenged, including the knowledge that they must be humble and receptive to guidance from others including managers and mentors who will always be on hand to share their insight and advice.
Endeavour As a Finance Group Staff and House Staff you'll be taking on increasingly challenging roles from the start. Be professional, proactive and ready to think on your feet. These are keys to being a stand-out.
Excellence We're always looking for ways to improve the way we work. If you have an eye for detail, are keen to discover new solutions, and consistently deliver the highest quality of work you can help us maintain our commitment to – and reputation for – excellence.
Continuity Continuity keeps us moving forward. With an eye on the bigger picture, we understand how each person and each project creates a sustainable business for the long term.
We are looking for people who are ready to grow and develop as leaders, who are flexible enough to follow opportunities as they arise. At Swire, we have a nurturing work environment that prioritises development, encourages you to participate in corporate volunteer work and strikes a comfortable work-life balance. When you join us, we will support you every step of the way.
Applications for our 2016 programmes have closed but will be back later in 2017.
Check again for more updates or send any queries to LD@JSSHK.com