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Operations Manager

Continuous learning is what keeps Liehua Zheng’s career buzzing, at Smiths Interconnect in Mianyang (China).

Continuous learning

His career to date is testament to that. After graduating from Chengdu Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in mould design and manufacturing, Liehua started his career at Sichuan Huafeng Enterprise Group as a mould design engineer and worked his way up through the communications business unit.

His constant drive to learn and improve his skills has won him awards for Process Improvement and Health & Safety as well as an Advanced Individual Award amongst others throughout his career. To further increase his future opportunities, he also passed Huafeng’s Special English training to improve his language skills.

This commitment saw him selected to help establish HSI - the joint venture between Huafeng and Smiths Interconnect, as one of its first employees.

He leapt at the chance to join a 170+-year-old company, to learn from its ‘European management style’ with progressive leadership concepts, global teams, superior IT support and a proactive Awards programme that recognises employees’ efforts.

Inspiring team progress

Liehua has since built the site’s Operations Department from scratch, establishing a team of 22 people who trust and support each other, and who share his desire to keep learning and improving.

He strongly believes that the best way to lift the whole team is if its individual members ‘Take responsibility for their personal contribution to the collective effort with all the integrity, passion and accountability of a company owner.’

So, he makes sure that they all have the ongoing opportunity to learn, develop and progress their careers.

It has proved a successful strategy and, together, they’ve quickly raised the site’s production quality and performance to the Group’s global standards.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Liehua continues to work on his own professional development and find new ways to inspire his team to keep advancing HSI’s competitive position.

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