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Richard Emerencia on working at ING.

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By Richard Emerencia

Program Manager Transformation Office

‘When you arrive at ING and say that you’ve come from ORMIT, a lot of doors open for you. It’s a quality label.’ Richard Emerencia works at ING as a program manager. He began his career there through ORMIT.

Business transformation

I strongly believe in the future of ING. It was brave of them to completely change direction. Even though it was not an easy decision emotionally, it was the right decision rationally. Tech-giants are ready to take over a piece of the market. We have to react more quickly. And to do that, we didn’t just need a new Agile approach, but also a change in culture.

Helicopter View

Even in an Agile environment, someone has to maintain an overview. That is what a program manager does. I check that all stakeholders are involved. And that there is no overlap between projects. And if there is, I make the sure the teams working on the projects strengthen each other. That expectations are clear. And that alternative solutions are devised whenever they’re required.

A different trajectory, the same philosophy

My trajectory is different to that of the average graduate who comes to ORMIT. ING was looking for people with experience in change management. We worked together with young talents and experienced people from the organisation to guide cultural change. But the ORMIT philosophy is still the same. The focus is on personal growth, and training and coaching are an integral part of your career.

You find out what you’re good at and where your blind spots are.

Personal leadership is central

Whether you already have work experience or have just completed your Master’s degree, you’ll grow throughout your whole career. And with ORMIT, that happens quickly and with structure. You combine your job with a big bunch of training days and coaching. You find out what you’re good at and where your blind spots are. Everything depends on your personal leadership. This is how I learnt to adapt my style of communication to the target group and embraced the open feedback culture.

You need to love change

Change is in my nature. It dates back to when I moved from the Netherlands to Belgium as a young boy. Change. How I recently made the professional switch from IT to the business side of things. Change. From functionally managing a team to giving guidance in an Agile environment. Change. I still remember how I said that I would never work for a bank. And look now. I feel good. Right: change once again!

The ever-present element: autonomy

What most appealed to me about ING was the autonomy. In an Agile work environment, you decide your own goals and how you’ll fulfil them. The hierarchy is there to  support you. And that is completely complementary to the vision followed by ORMIT. You direct your career yourself, on the job. You decide for yourself what you want to become. ORMIT makes sure that this growth is accelerated. Together with ING.