A Chat With Jarvis

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Today we sat down with our Senior Merchandiser Jarvis to learn more about him.

What are your main responsibilities at Swedbrand?

My title is Senior Merchandiser and my main responsibility is sourcing. Doing Requests For Quotations, finding suppliers and product development.

Why did you choose to work at Swedbrand?

First of all because it’s very stimulating to work in such an international atmosphere. Second thing is that my background is in sourcing. I already worked at a Swedish Company and I like the Swedish work culture a lot.

What is the most exciting project you have worked on at Swedbrand?

There is an on going project right now which is really exciting and it’s about rigid boxes. The project is important and we discussed a lot of the potential improvements which could be done with the client, such as the printing, the logo and the labels. I enjoy it because, as a Merchandiser, you can create something yourself here.

What did you do before you started at Swedbrand?

I finished University in 2007. Then I worked for three years at L’Oreal. After that I worked for five years at Ikea and then as a Manager at a Theater. It is one of the best children theatres in Shanghai and I used to go with my daughter just to watch shows. They were looking for somebody with a business and art mind, but also a father’s mind, so I got the chance to work there.

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How long have you worked at Swedbrand for? What do you like the most about the company?

I’ve been working for Swedbrand since August. I like the atmosphere and the simplicity in a professional way. You don’t have that in many companies, especially not bigger companies, where everyone is valued equally. It doesn’t feel like there is a hierarchy here. It’s simple and we are working together to a clear target.

Describe Swedbrand with 3 words:

  • International
  • Professional
  • Simple

What was your dream job when you were younger?

When I was really little I wished to be a professional football player! I also liked art and performing, so I actually had the chance to do a few things in that industry. But I really like sourcing. My major in university was economics and my first job was in logistics. I stayed for four years and then I switched to a more supplier oriented position where I could deal more with sourcing. I started in the middle of the supply chain and then I moved more to the manufacturing part. I think that’s where the value is created and I can also see myself being valued there.

Where are you from originally? Tell us something about it!

I’m Shanghainese, born and bred! I come from the north-east side of the city, and I still live in the north. I also went to University, got married and had a child here.

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What do you do in your free time?

Four or five years ago I played a lot of music. I was playing in a band with some friends and we were covering The Pulp. That was my passion. But since I had a daughter I’m spending more time around her. In the beginning I was concerned about losing time to play music, but now my only concern is how to make my daughter happy. We like to travel, going to theatres every 2-3 weeks or going to the park. One passion I saved for myself is football. Borussia Dortmund is my favourite team and one of my most amazing memories is related to when I was in Dortmund watching the game where Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga Title! I used to travel a lot to Europe, but my favourite country is Japan. I love the countryside especially. The people are extremely polite and you feel really comfortable. It’s definitely a must-go! I avoid travelling to capitals, they are pretty much the same everywhere.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to stay in the Sourcing function on a more Senior Level. I don’t have any plans to move right now. I like being in Shanghai, because I feel home here.

What is your favourite quote?

Le mariage c’est comme une forteresse assiégées, ceux qui sont dehors veulent y rentrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir. It means “marriage is like a surrendered fortress, the ones outside want to get in, the ones inside want to get out.” “La forteresse assiégée” (《围城》)  “The surrendered fortress” by Qian Zhongshu (钱钟书)

Do you have any hidden skills?

Acting and playing music. I think no one at the office really knew about it, but now it’s not hidden anymore I guess. He laughs*

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