My experience at YCP Group gave me a unique opportunity to pursue simultaneous careers in the management services and principal investment. This is challenging yet rewarding at the same time. As portfolio manager for YCP Group’s Thai dessert factory, I had the opportunity to take charge of a wide array of functions from setting high-level strategy to hands-on management of the factory. Throughout my journey with YCP, I realized that having a creative thought process, an achievable plan and an ability to navigate through elements beyond my control are paramount for success; whilst a chance to witness the impactful results to your business and people is priceless. This has indeed been a life-changing experience for me, both personally and professionally.
At YCP Group, we are trained to work in two different perspectives - as a professional consultant providing objective advice to businesses; and as a business owner with a CEO perspective. This is the value that the firm has to offer to our professionals to expedite our career growth. I am currently the Managing Director of F Treatment, one of YCP Group’s strategic investments where I gained hands-on experience of setting up a new business and subsequently growing the business. YCP Group is one of the best places to acquire the professional skills, whilst allowing you to actively applying the skills to many real-life business challenges at the same time.
YCP Solidiance is more than a consulting firm. It is a firm where professionals are encouraged to incubate new businesses and deployed to manage portfolio companies within the Group – thereby equipping us with practical management skills as we encounter and resolve real life business challenges on a daily basis. Despite having limited work experience, I was given the opportunity to manage our Alobaby business in Singapore and successfully built the business to 30 times bigger within two years. As a young professional, I was also empowered to independently manage consulting projects, significantly advancing my learnings and expediting my professional growth. If you are a new graduate looking to push yourself and pick up a broad range of skillsets faster than any of your peers entering the workforce - YCP Solidiance is the place for you.
I started my career with the firm as a Senior Consultant in Indonesia. Having lived the bulk of my life outside of India, trying a new country was an exciting yet nerve-wracking prospect. Exciting due to new culture and work environment, nerve-wracking because of the new chapter in my life. All my concerns were put to rest the day I landed up at the Jakarta office. What helped is the swanky location of the office along with amazing colleagues who were extremely helpful to address the smallest of queries. What I find most exciting is collaborating with performance driven and talented team members across Asia-Pacific & Middle East. From Mecca to the Great Wall, from e-commerce to traditional manufacturing of industrial products; the multi-cultural, multi-sectoral exposure has seen me in challenging situations to understand further about the markets, how business is conducted and the various dynamics associated with these vibrant economies. In three words, my experience here has been exciting, challenging and rewarding!
After spending years in the region leading another boutique consultancy, I jumped at the chance to build an Asian firm's local presence from scratch. I joined Solidiance (now named as YCP Solidiance) in 2014 as a Business Development Director, to spearhead our first foray into West Asia, also known as the Middle East. In order to fully understand our pan-Asia consulting expertise, I was first assigned on multiple projects in Asia before settling down and planting a flag for our Abu Dhabi office in 2015. Equipped with strong relationships throughout our Asia offices and a deep understanding of the value we could bring to our clients – the Middle East practice grew quickly. We opened up our Lebanon office in 2016, and have been supporting clients in and outside the MENA region. Since then, our Middle East team has executed many projects across various industries to help our clients solve tangible business challenges. In 2017, I ventured off to the Stanford GSB to complete my Executive MBA, as I felt the need to develop our design thinking, digital, and tech sector expertise. I returned as a Partner Middle East in 2018. What I love most about YCP Solidiance is the calibre of talent, the global mindset, and our industry agnostic approach, to make sure our consultants stay challenged and don't feel pigeon-holed into one industry or market.
Working at YCP pitches your skills across numerous industries in which you may have had little to no previous experience. This learning curve is fantastic exposure that you may take forward to future projects and investments, build a unique set of experiences and find your professional niche. Most importantly, this learning curve is supported by a first-class team of experienced colleagues from which you will organically develop your competencies and confidence. I think YCP is a great place to work because entrepreneurship is encouraged from the core. Our unique business model encourages professionals to strive for growth, build fresh perspectives clients and take accountability. This is the best part about working with YCP; your ideas will come to life.