Hiti Taluja is a powerhouse of a woman! I have never met anyone so dedicated to increasing her knowledge, learning from those around her and encouraging others on the same journey. Working in a fairly male dominated industry, Hiti has a passion for mentoring and nurturing up and coming women, so get ready for some nuggets of advice in this months 'How I Got Here'!
What is your current role and how does it fulfil you?
My current role is Sourcing Manager for Incitec Pivot Limited, which is an ASX listed global company that manufactures, markets, and distributes industrial chemicals. My role involves complex negotiations and developing strategies for commodity sourcing by thoroughly researching market supply and demand. The other aspect of my role is compliance and governance over optimised supply chain solutions to maximise profitability and efficiency. The dynamic nature of our industry and day-to-day challenges fulfils me in a volatile and uncertain environment.
What careers decisions and experiences led you to where you are today?
I believe in this quote, “Luck favours those who are in motion” by Brendon Lee, Melbourne Business School. I believe that one should invest in continuous learning as it facilitates elevating your mind and assists in making the right choices. Early in my career, I cleared ICS exams while working for a shipbroking company in India, which provided an opportunity to leap into the global maritime industry.
After 10-12 years of industry experience, I embarked on a journey to pursue an Executive MBA, which helped me move my anchor and expand my vast knowledge of different facets of business. These valuable learnings have helped me widen the lens and contributed to growing the value chain for my organisation.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to end up where you have ?
"Winning and losing is the result, but one should never stop trying, as trying is your actual work" Six principles > Authenticity, Humility (being humble), can-do attitude, never give up, continuous learning and accept imperfection.
"Authenticity "Being who you are how you are – is an important trait of us human beings.
I believe with "humility," we can develop stronger relationships, which in turn helps in all interactions.
"The attitude" is the key; when we believe in "can do," the journey becomes more enjoyable.
Failures are helpful ways we can learn from, for which one should have a "never give up" attitude.
As we upgrade our cars and houses, we need to keep ourselves updated by "continuous learning" with a growth mindset.