At the parent company Plus PM Co., Ltd., I was engaged in technical work as a project manager for construction projects.
In 2019, I was assigned to Plus PM Consultant. While learning PM skills to know the needs of clients more deeply, as a sales representative, I also collect project information, build relationships with clients, formulate sales activity strategies and make proposals. With web marketing, we hope to be engaged in more new projects.
To be honest, I didn’t have the image of working abroad at first. When I was told by our CEO Kimura that I would be assigned to overseas, I strongly wanted to know what kind of values can be created if I experienced expatriate in my early 30s, and to acquire the ability to work overseas.
There was a lot of anxiety and pressure, but I had a strong desire to take this opportunity to achieve results, so I decided to take up this challenge.
My level of awareness towards my role was changed. When I was working in Japan, I was “one of the consultant teams” and my responsibilities were vague.
However, while working overseas as a sales representative, I strongly felt my role of “becoming a bridge with Japan” especially for our Japanese clients who expand their businesses in overseas.
Also, in order to achieve high results for the entire organization, I feel it is important to understand each other’s culture with local members who have different cultures and languages and work together to gain mutual understanding and trust.
In the beginning, I had a hard time communicating in English.
I’m ashamed to say that I have not been using English for about 10 years before I am stationed in overseas.
Every day, I think of “How can I express my idea?” I continued to speak with poor English and take notes of feedback from local staff.
And now I am able to participate in the creation of bid proposals for overseas PMC projects.
I also struggled with the strength of my preconceptions in overseas where cultures and values are different. and I am studying every day to improve my communication skills to convey “what I want the other person to do” in the true sense of the word.
There was a logistics warehouse project that I was in charge of as a sales representative, we worked hard with project team members from diverse backgrounds to implement the solutions by thinking deeply “what to do now as a project manager and how to make the project successful from the client’s point of view”.
At the end, when the client said, “Thank you very much, the project was successful”, I felt the excitement that I have not experienced before in Japan.
Also, when the clients and suppliers I have been able to relate to through the project say, “There are customers I would like to introduce to Mr. Okuda,” I feel happy and rewarding.
My goal is to be a business person who can compete anywhere in the world and to be a leader in the organization to support client.
To that end, I want to become a person trusted by the others person and repeat learning and challenges every day in order to improve my business skills and knowledge.
With the economic environment changing at a tremendous pace, we do not know the future. That is why I want to spend my work and private life happily and with energetic so that I can feel that I have grown up today, even a little bit every day.