Name: Elena V.
Title: HR Specialist
Career Area: Human Resources
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Education: M.Sc. Chemical engineer
"Working in such a big organization, with versatile activities, provides many chances for development and options to show one’s skills in more than one specific area."
I truly believe big achievements start with small steps and gradual changes. The path of success starts from the individual efforts of a person and heads towards the major success and satisfaction of our partners.
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
My everyday responsibilities include: registering timely and accurate monthly data for additional payments for Dutch employees; handling requests from Clients Human Resources Managers and employees regarding payroll issues. The responsibility to register basic and additional salary payments to be accurate and on time is very important for providing good service to employees. I am also responsible for answering questions via mail or telephone and handling payroll related queries.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
I manage an e-mail box for questions and requests related to payroll. I help Dutch employees with details on their pay slips. My main duties are: registering overtime, travel expenses and a variety of additional payments that should go with salary payments; checking if all requested changes for employees are correct in the payroll system and making corrections if necessary (on daily basis); setting up accounts for new employees in SAP; generating reports; processing excel spreadsheets and providing the data for SAP; entering records in SAP and answering a service telephone line for Dutch employees.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
After graduating, I started as an assistant in a computer company and then I worked in a bank. For 1.5 years, I was part of a clinical trial team developing a new medicine. Then I spent 9 years working for a company importing crop protection products and seeds for the Bulgarian market. Finally in December 2006 I received an offer to work for the newly opened office of Cargill in Sofia (part of Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain Europe GOSCE). I was in the Forwarding department until I decided that I needed a new challenge and Cargill provided it to me.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The “thank you” emails from our customers and colleagues. And also the feeling that, I am useful and I have been able to help.
Why did you choose to join Cargill and what keeps you here? In other words, how has a career at Cargill helped you to thrive?
I was aware that working for a reputable and stable company like Cargill will give me comfort and a suitable environment to work at the top of my capacity and provide multiple options for development.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
Working in such a big organization, with versatile activities, provides many chances for development and options to show one’s skills in more than one specific area. You also get to contribute to the welfare of customers, colleagues and the community. So do not hesitate, go for it!
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
I love watching movies. Charlie Chaplin (if I am not mistaken) has said - “One becomes 2 hours smarter after a movie”.