Engineering Coordinator

Villa Rosa Kempinski

Florence

Tell us a little bit more about you and your career background.

After graduating with a diploma in hotel management, my career journey began in 2011 as a receptionist in the hospitality industry in Nairobi, Kenya. Working with different employers, I progressed in hotel management and joined Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi in 2013 as a room attendant, a part of the pre-opening team in the housekeeping department. By December 2015, I was promoted to office clerk.

The following year, with the encouragement of my supervisors, I underwent cross-training in the engineering department. This led to my transfer and promotion to engineering coordinator in October 2016, a role I continue to hold. Despite lacking an engineering background, I am the only woman in our department. I have successfully overseen departmental coordination and spearheaded various engineering projects, proud of the accomplishments we have achieved as a team.

 

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Accepting the role of engineering coordinator has boosted my self-confidence by altering my perception of engineering as a predominantly male-dominated domain. I enjoy my work as an engineer and am grateful for the support provided by my team and supervisors throughout this process.

As a coordinator, my most cherished work moment was when I assumed leadership responsibilities in the absence of our department head and effectively guide a team of engineers in executing a project. This accomplishment leaves me feeling fulfilled and inspired to explore further opportunities in the field of engineering.

 

How is Kempinski different from other places where you have worked?

Kempinski is not only an equal opportunity employer, but it also focuses on career growth. Clear training programmes are set, and all employees are taken through a detailed development programme. The onboarding experience is top-notch, and this continues seamlessly to the point of employee separation.

Kempinski also practices an open-door policy which makes employees feel free to air their grievances and interact with their managers.

 

What advice would you give to someone considering joining or someone who has just joined Kempinski?

I would tell new Kempinski team members, as well as those considering joining us, that they have indeed made a wise decision and are in the perfect environment. At Kempinski, we prioritise staff welfare and provide equal opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, our cafeteria, known as K-Base (Kempinski Base), located at the centre of the workplace, is beautifully adorned with artistic paintings that cultivate a serene atmosphere for all employees.

 

Any interesting fact about your hotel property?

Our hotel’s name, Villa Rosa Kempinski, has a Spanish origin and means “a house of roses.”