Wednesday Woman: Hulda Armine, Maersk Oil Qatar

What are the top three qualities, in your opinion, a woman must master in order to be successful in B2B?

a) Don’t compromise on who you are – I feel that I’m always learning more about this point… and have to keep reminding myself that I just can’t be anybody else, so there’s really no negotiation.

b) Build your community of like-minded thinkers – I don’t need everyone to agree with me, but knowing that there are people I respect who like to listen to how I think, keeps me invigorated.

c) Bring my heart to work – Focusing on balancing my eager brain with what ‘feels right’ keeps me sane.

 

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What is your name, position, country, age?

Hulda Armine, Team Leader – Projects & Procurement Tender Committee Representative at Maersk Oil, living in Qatar, 40.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, which started out as a desire to be a surgeon, taking a meander through international law, macro-economics and two self-designed majors. I topped it off with a Master’s of Science in Supply Chain Management.

How did you arrive in the position you are in today?

I became intrigued by the APMM approach to Procurement while I was studying Supply Chain Management at the Copenhagen Business School, spent 2 years working in Group Procurement and was attracted to the opportunities and environment at Maersk Oil Qatar. My current role has a shaping and defining focus that I am quite energized by. Overall, a combination of opportunities evolving and being attracted to appreciative leadership.

What do you find most exciting about your job?

Helping development opportunities unfold for the people and company, through synergy, intuition, energy and enthusiasm.

What is your future aspirations?

To continue to expand the playground I shape with my thoughts, ideas and co-creators. With the term playground, I’m consciously focusing on having fun at work and the incredible productivity that results. We all know how good it feels to laugh, that sensation is an easy source of motivation and efficiency.

What is your best career advice?

Get comfortable with who you are, not who you think you should be.

How many days a year do you travel?

10 days or less, as much of my current focus is in Qatar. Though there are courses and meetings which can get me on a plane, even being a breast-feeding mom, for a few more months.

If you could work with something else what would it be?

I would paint, teach, consult, coach and be a psychologist.

What women have inspired you in your career?

My esteemed professor Britta Gammelgaard, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sara Smuts (an excellent lawyer), and my grandmother and mother. On both a personal and professional level, these women have shown me strength of character and energy that I frequently revisit as a source of motivation and solidarity.

What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do professionally?

Run a cross-functional work group for Contractor Management. Finding time and prioritizing this focus alongside of our day jobs, was more than a juggling act. I learned much about myself, both limits and how I want to grow and focus going forward.

What are the top three qualities, in your opinion, a woman must master in order to be successful in B2B?

a) Don’t compromise on who you are – I feel that I’m always learning more about this point… and have to keep reminding myself that I just can’t be anybody else, so there’s really no negotiation.

b) Build your community of like-minded thinkers – I don’t need everyone to agree with me, but knowing that there are people I respect who like to listen to how I think, keeps me invigorated.

c) Bring my heart to work – Focusing on balancing my eager brain with what ‘feels right’ keeps me sane.