Inside The Growth Room of Ellyas Bangun, Global Talent Acquisition Partner at HelloFresh

Ellyas Enda Hadinata Bangun is a Global Talent Acquisition Partner at HelloFresh SE. Previously worked in a NGO to bring students and fresh graduates gain professional experience in Thailand

Ellyas Bangun, Global Talent Acquisition Partner at HelloFresh

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1) To kickstart, could you share about your current role, what the company does and a bit about your career background?

Hello! Currently I work in HelloFresh SE, #1 Meal Kit in the world. We provide meal kits for our customers across 17 countries. We aim to provide every household with wholesome, homemade meals. Our business model helps our customer to save money in every meal, access to high-quality food, allowing everyone to enjoy a varied tasty diet and most importantly less food waste also CO2 neutral in every box.

I work as a Global Talent Acquisition Partner focusing on Commercial Marketing in our Headquarter office. When it comes to career background, I drive far away from my educational background. I graduated from Chemistry major in 2016 but started working part time in an NGO from 2014 and fell in love with People Development. Right after graduation, I flew to Thailand to continue my NGO journey for a year to help bring students and fresh graduates to have a professional experience in Thailand and then jump into the startup environment as a recruiter and work in Talent Acquisition ever since.

2) Can you describe what your typical workday looks like?

I am not an early bird person. I think I will never be, since I know my productivity time is not near sunrise. Usually I will start my day looking at my calendar to see what my schedule looks like. Majority filled with meetings and interviews. Since my current employer works in hybrid mode, I can freely choose my work mode (either at the office or from home).

At lunch time I usually engage with my colleague and talk about something not related with work to refresh my mind before drowning myself again with my task. I always ensure my tasks finish before 6 p.m. as it will give me more me time in the evening to catch up with anything (books, series, or any activities)

3) What does personal growth mean to you?

Personal growth for me is the development of your skills, knowledge, wisdom, and character. It’s a continuous process and never ending improvement during your life. You will never stop with personal growth no matter how old you are.

4) Is there a habit you consciously exercise to ensure you achieve your ideal personal growth?

I am not a fan of yearly resolutions because I think it limits my imagination and I often customize my target or milestone I want to achieve depending on my situation but I never change the ultimate goal. Being versatile in the process could help me to add unforeseen value in the process of achieving my ultimate goals in my personal growth.

5) What does it mean to grow in your career? How do you measure your career growth?

Grow in my career when I leverage my experience and not stuck in the same gear for a long period. To grow is not only title-based but also scope of my job. For example, my first corporate job was only focusing on hiring in Thailand but after that I started to increase the number of countries I hire for Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia and now I work on a Global scale. Even for the same title I don’t see that I am stuck but I expand my capabilities.

Usually I measure the career growth not only from the KPI given by my company but also with my own plan. Bring what I want to do in my career to the table and have a discussion with my Line Manager openly with all the possibilities and support needed. Come out with a tangible action steps, numbers and you absolutely need someone who can monitor the progress (Not only you since you might can be bias toward yourself).

6) Aside from your full-time job, is there anything else you like to do outside work?

Sometimes I like to attend events and also keep myself updated with what is happening in the world. I also like to find new inspiration and visit places and explore part of the city that I never know.

7) Are there any books, podcasts or apps that have been helpful for your growth?

My early career and very helpful books are mostly from Malcom Gladwell. But my all time favorite is The Tipping Point. This book really helps me to find something that I never imagined I am actually already having and just need a little nudge to grow it. It’s like to realize something within your capability that you can grow bigger but you need something to ignite it.

8) Any tips you’d like to share for those who are looking to venture into similar roles?

To be in a recruitment it’s not about you filling the open jobs. This role is currently in a shortage across the globe and to become a good Talent Aquisition you need to perceive a skill like detail oriented, curiosity and also strong business acumen (understanding business terms etc will be beneficial - with reading you can really keep it up with it).

In the traditional talent acquisition you just need to close the job but in modern talent acquisition you need to be an ambassador from the company and also an advisor for talent out there. You need to engage your stakeholder and candidate which really shape your communication skill and don’t stop learning because the industry keep changing the format and you need to adapt toward that change internally and externally.

9) Finally, what is the one quote you always live by?

I have 2 quotes that I always live by. “Live Life and Let Live” and also “You never know until you try” help me to focus on what matters in my life and at the same time keep challenging myself.


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