David Yung is a process engineer working at Archer Daniels Midland. With over 5 years of operations experience working with a global agricultural firm and a diverse background working across a variety of food businesses, David is passionate about seeking new innovations in food production to solve the world hunger problem. While this may be a far reaching goal, David is motivated to learn the necessary skills to make an impact in this area. If interested, you can connect with him on LinkedIn.
- Most job postings cite “X” years of relevant work experience and specific education criteria as requirements to be considered for the position. With this in mind, what prior work experiences and degrees/certifications/training helped prepare you for your current role?
My unique background in food engineering and science propels me forward to explore opportunities in the edible product sector. As a first generation immigrant to the states, I also bring different perspectives to this business. All these factors have helped me working as an engineer in a global agricultural firm that transforms raw material into consumer grade food for the international retail market.
1B. What (if any) additional knowledge or skills that you don’t currently have would make you even better at your job?
I firmly believe the three Ps impact every job (that’s process, projects, and people). As an engineer, the work I do on a daily basis involves the first two Ps. However, it’s the people that drive business success. I would like to earn the respect and trust of my peers, in the process demonstrating the importance of this value. This will make me better at my job and also help my organization.
2. Some jobs require the incumbent to be very analytical. Others require one to be a strong communicator, and others still require traits like patience, the ability to multitask, self-directedness, comfort with ambiguity, and exceptional attention to detail. Are there any behaviors and/or attributes that you would say are essential to performing the work that you do?
I would say the ability to adapt in a high stress environment is a major attribute essential to my current role. Hint: The key to success here is focusing on how to turn frustrations into opportunities.
3. Jobs guru Lou Adler says there are only 4 job types of jobs in the world (producers, improvers, builders, and thinkers). Which type of job are you in?
Improver, but I am preparing myself to move into the builders and thinkers mode.
4. Does your job involve either directly or indirectly supervising or managing people? If so, how many direct (or indirect) reports do you have?
Yes. I indirectly manage different operation teams across different work shifts (with each shift consisting of 10 personnel).
5. How does what you do impact the business? Think complexity (different types of impacts) and scale (degree of impact). Put another way: Who and what would be impacted if your job wasn’t being done well, and why would it matter that they were impacted?
Our facility focuses on the slogan S-P-E-C-Q. This stands for safety, production, environment, cost, and quality. What I do impacts all aspects of this slogan. As a contributor and leader within the organization, it is crucial for me to understand not only the customers and shareholders, but also other employees. Everyone at the site (including myself) will be at risk if my job isn’t done well.
6. Is your job safe? Rate its safety on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “seated all day in an air conditioned vault” and 10 being “I’m an astronaut going into space”. If your job isn’t safe, what working conditions (specifically) make it hazardous?
Our organization values “zero is possible” and we have consistently delivered a good safety record. However, I will rank my job safety at 5 given the fact there’s always room for improvement… although I would love to go into space despite the risk; imagine exploring the endless galaxy in SPACE!
7. Is there anything I missed that people should know about your job? Is there anything else you want to say about what you do?
Working with large equipment can be intimidating, but the hands-on experience has been valuable. The opportunity to get experience working in a fast paced environment (something you don’t get out of most schools) has also been valuable.
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