| Faza Suraj |
BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) recently appointed the first local female to assume the Head of SCM (Supply Chain Management) position.
Hajah Rosita binti Hassan has been working in the industry for more than 20 years and became the first female to be a qualified drilling engineer in 1999.
She continued working in the field for the Wells Department over the next decade.
Hajah Rosita, 43, then progressed to several roles in the supply chain before assuming this position on January 6.
BSP has several departments under it and she explained that it is SCM’s duty to take care of all the contracting and procurement activities for the whole of BSP.
“A lot of our (BSP) activities are executed by third parties. Because we do not produce a lot of materials in Brunei, it is SCM’s job to manage these activities while carrying out quality purchases at the right time and price.”
SCM is also involved with the Local Business Development (LBD), setting up contracts and agreements with contractors while prioritising local companies.
In the past 18 months, 13 new Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been awarded their first contract.
“This is an exciting journey for me as this role has been taken by expats. Being the first Bruneian to take this role, there are a lot of plans. LBD is here to help more local SMEs develop and increase the number of Bruneians in the industry,” she said, adding that last year Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) contractors had employed 1,471 locals, surpassing the 1,000 target.
Hajah Rosita is also chairman of LiveWIRE – a flagship BSP programme aimed at supporting the development of entrepreneurship.
Since its establishment in 2001, they have trained 10,000 youth in SME development. About 350 companies have been established since then.
She is also the President of Women in Focus Network, which focuses on leadership.
“There we have mentoring that sees us gathering participants in an informal learning session facilitated by volunteers within BSJV,” she said.
On her challenges in the field as a woman, she shared that when she first started as the only female worker on the rig, her aim was to be the best among her colleagues.
“Don’t be afraid of challenges, look at them as opportunities.”
A devoted mother and wife, Hajah Rosita has also learnt how to balance her working life and family life.
“It’s all about the choices that we have to make. I’m thankful that I have a family who supports me.
“The decisions you make depend on what’s important to you. I feel that I have been blessed with a skill and it is my responsibility to do something good with it,” she added.