Yi Tang, MSc
Director of Finance & Controlling, Strategic Projects, IT & Processes
Can you briefly describe your background and the path that led you to your current position at Burgmann Packings?
Following my Master‘s degree in Business and Accounting with Finance from Warwick University, I worked as a Finance Specialist at Huawei‘s German headquarters, gaining invaluable insights into the financial operations of a multinational company. I then joined Burgmann Packings, initially as a Board Assistant, where my primary task was to improve communication between our headquarters and the Chinese subsidiary. Due to my dedication and expertise, I have progressed to the role of Finance Director in China, where I am responsible for revitalizing the subsidiaries’ operations amidst challenging economic circumstances.
What is your role at Burgmann Packings, and how does it contribute to the overall objectives and goals of the company?
In my role as the Finance Director at Burgmann Packings in China, I steer strategic financial planning, cost optimization, and operational efficiency enhancements. By thoroughly analyzing financial data, I detect potential areas for improvement and propose measures to drive growth and stability. Furthermore, I foster effective communication and alignment between the headquarters and the Chinese subsidiary. These efforts are instrumental in helping the company navigate economic challenges and foster profitable growth there.
What‘s one significant way your role or responsibilities have evolved since you started at Burgmann Packings?
One significant way my role has evolved since I started at Burgmann Packings is the increased scope of responsibility and leadership. Initially joining as a board assistant, my primary focus was on establishing effective communication channels between the headquarters and the Chinese subcompany. However, as I demonstrated my financial acumen and ability to navigate challenging situations, I was entrusted with the role of Finance Director. This promotion expanded my responsibilities to include strategic financial planning, operational optimization, and driving growth within the subcompany. The evolution of my role reflects the trust and confidence placed in me, allowing me to make a more substantial impact on the company‘s overall success.
As a leader within the company, how do you foster creativity and innovation among your team members?
As a leader within the company, fostering creativity and innovation among my team members is a top priority. I encourage an open and inclusive work environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas and perspectives. I organize brainstorming sessions and workshops to stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving. Additionally, I promote a culture of continuous learning by providing opportunities for professional development, attending industry conferences, and exploring emerging trends. By recognizing and rewarding innovative ideas, I motivate my team to think outside the box and contribute to the company‘s growth and success.
The sealing industry, like many others, is undergoing significant changes and advancements. What innovations or trends do you see as most impactful for Burgmann Packings in the near future?
The sealing industry is indeed experiencing significant changes and advancements. One innovation that I see as impactful for Burgmann Packings in the near future is the adoption of digitalization, automation and the development of No-PFAS sealing solutions. Embracing technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can optimize production processes, improve product quality, and enhance operational efficiency. Additionally, the development of sustainable and eco-friendly materials and practices will play a crucial role in meeting evolving customer demands and adhering to environmental regulations. By staying at the forefront of these innovations and trends, Burgmann Packings can maintain its competitive edge in the market.
What‘s your favorite part about working at Burgmann Packings, and why?
My favorite part about working at Burgmann Packings is the company‘s commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. The organization provides a supportive environment where new ideas are valued, and employees are encouraged to take calculated risks. I appreciate the opportunities for professional growth and development that Burgmann Packings offers. Additionally, the company‘s strong emphasis on collaboration, diversity, and sustainability aligns with my personal values. Being part of a team that strives to make a positive impact and drive meaningful change within the industry is incredibly fulfilling.