Business Wisdom: Jennifer Victory

From the desk of JENNIFER VICTORY, Group Compliance Manager at Smurfit Kappa.



Which is the most useful way to engage clients or suppliers? A business breakfast or lunch?

As I like to get a lot of work done before 8.30am when the phone starts ringing, I prefer to meet over lunch or dinner, rather than breakfast.

How might people you work with describe you?

Tenacious. Although the first time I heard it I didn’t know whether it was a compliment or not? Organised. Hard working, focused and determined.

How do you stay balanced at work?

In Smurfit Kappa there is an excellent culture of teamwork and lots of support. I do always eat lunch and if I’m in the office in Dublin, I put on my flats and go for a 20-minute walk to clear my head.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

If I’m going to the office, about 30 minutes. I leave the house before 7am. When I’m on an early flight, it’s even less as I always have everything set out and ready to go for the morning – laptop bag, tickets printed and passport ready.

Accomplishment you’re most proud of?

My current position at Smurfit Kappa. Since I joined, I’ve worked in a variety of financial roles with increasing complexity and responsibility. This has allowed me gain invaluable experience in a global company and have the opportunity to further progress my career.

What is unique about your business?

Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using sustainable resources, is our primary focus. Smurfit Kappa is an integrated producer – our packaging plants source the majority of their raw materials from our own paper mills. Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries, with a sales revenue of 7.9 percent in in 2013.

The most significant barrier to female advancement?

I’ve always had a very positive working experience and have never encountered barriers to the advancement of my career.

The motivating factors for you in your role?

Interaction with world class management, the ability to work in multiple jurisdictions as part of a global company and exposure across several different functions and areas of expertise.

Pastimes out of the office?

I enjoy long walks with my two dogs, Ben and Harry. I was a keen competitive swimmer for all of my teenage years and recently took it up again to keep fit. I love planning holidays with my husband John.

Should women place for their financial future?

There is an onus on everyone to provide for their future through appropriate savings and pension arrangements.

What keeps you awake at night?

Getting up at 4am for a 6am flight out of Dublin airport – I don’t sleep well knowing I have an early flight the next morning. I set two alarms, my phone and iPad. In my role I take on a lot of speaking engagements which require detailed preparation so I can address all prospective questions. I make sure to check, double-check and even triple-check everything before I go to bed.

How do you handle difficult situations?

We all face difficult situations. It’s important to listen to views and advice from group colleagues and local management and ensure you are equipped with all the relevant information with which to make a decision or resolve a situation.

What are your priorities in planning for the future?

To continue to progress in my current role with a view to advancing my career.


From the February 2015 issue of THE GLOSS Magazine.


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