- Meet our Talents
- Meet our Talents
ORMIT opens doors
Richard Emerencia on working at ING.
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.
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.
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.