This is the photo-story of Jason Romero, an HR Services Talent Operations Manager in Manila. He gets inspiration and energy from his friends, family and colleagues every day.
Hi, I’m Jason, an HR Services Talent Operations Manager in Manila. I joined Shell 10 years ago and believe I gain energy and inspiration from my family and the people around me every day.
After studying chemical engineering in university, I worked in a corporate office before deciding to set up my own bar and restaurant. One day, a university friend came into the bar and asked if I’d ever considered working for Shell. It's safe to say that conversation changed my life; not only did I find a new career, but I met my wife at Shell and we now have a lovely daughter.
The people around me – my family and work colleagues – inspire me every day. I want to be a good father and role model to my daughter, and I want my wife to be proud of me. The individuals in the team inspire me to come to work every day and be a leader they can look up to. I learn from them just as much as they learn from me.
This is my wife, Ayen. We met at Shell, where she works in Recruitment Operations. As we work for the same company, we can relate about work, although we don’t let work dominate the conversation at home! It’s good that we can act as a sounding board for each other, and she's always full of great advice.
Although the people in this fun cross-team building event came from different groups at Shell, we could feel and tell that we belonged to the same organisation. We shared the same ethos, if you like. It’s great to connect like this, rather than to work in silos. Building relationships both in and out of work is, from my point of view, incredibly important.
This workshop pulled together leaders and subject matter experts from different locations around the world. I think it’s fantastic that we each had an equal say on the future of Operations, and how our team can continue to challenge the status quo, provide better processes and stronger partnerships in our company.
This is Isabelle, my daughter and my work-life balance! She’s just about to turn three, and she's certainly the main inspiration in my life. She motivates me to try and become better at what I do.
There’s no hierarchy here at Shell. Everyone’s viewpoints are respected regardless of gender, culture or nationality. It is empowering to know your opinion is wanted and to learn from people who have had different experiences to yours. We've got so many talented individuals here and each of them is full of ideas; it would be a waste not to utilise all that creativity!
This is the first time in my career that I wore a sash! This was to celebrate the end of a major project that I led. Behind me is the Operations team I helped set up, collaborated with and managed, and to my left is my colleague, Anne Chua, who I'm handing over to. What a great team!
It was an inspiring experience to travel to Shell Headquarters in The Hague. It gave me a great opportunity to work alongside other subject matter experts and senior leaders of Talent and Diversity & Inclusion in Shell – there are two vice presidents in this photo!
Look at this collection of certificates and trophies. I’m proud of the number of Awards for Operational Excellence we’ve won as an organisation. This is me and my manager, Jackie Harding, Regional Operations Manager, who has been a great mentor to me and has helped me develop not only professionally, but personally as well.
I find fulfilment in mentoring and coaching my team. I’ve learned a lot along the way and I'm constantly discovering new methods and ways to give advice. This is my former team colleague, Pam Mendoza, who I mentored. I’m delighted to say she now sits with me on the leadership team. Truly, a great outcome of our coaching sessions!
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