Emily, the European Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Richemont, tells us about her career background, gives us an inside look into life at the Richemont Group and shares her top advice for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career background?
I’ve worked in the private sector for five years now. Before moving to Richemont, I worked in communications for another multinational company, but after working there for a couple of years, I decided to get a master’s degree in Fashion Media practice at Conde Nast College (CNC).
Re-entering the work environment mid-pandemic was challenging, and I was hesitant to take a 6-month internship, but it was the right decision. Now, I’m in my second year at Richemont and can gladly say that this role makes full use of both my educational and career background. I know it’s not the case for everyone, but I’m grateful I can regularly use and refresh my knowledge.
What stood out to you about Richemont, when applying for opportunities?
On a personal level, I’d aspired to work for Richemont for some time. I was already a big fan of Chloe, I’d studied Alaïacollections at CNC, and had lusted over the watch & Jewellery brands. Professionally, I wanted a place to develop my career and, as an established company, with a rich heritage, international presence, and lots of opportunities, Richemont ticked many boxes for me.
How did you find the recruitment process with Richemont?
I was in full job-hunting mode which, for anyone reading this will know I’m sure, can be a lonely experience. I’d applied to roles in Richemont brands, but my first connection with Richemont was directly through a meeting with HR. I felt listened to and was asked about more than just my qualifications. It was because of this; my profile was shared with further HR contacts which lead to me being recruited in Switzerland.
What is a ‘typical day’ like in your role?
No two days are the same and I love it.
I have regular meetings with teams across Europe, interacting with people from different departments and Maisons, listening to their needs and advising on DEI strategies. Diversity can be a very personal and emotional subject, which means not a week goes by without a meaningful conversation with someone.
Aside from the day-to-day of reviewing and developing resources, my role requires me to constantly educate and inform myself. Our understanding of DEI is continuously evolving, so I make time to do research and connect with experts so I can feel confident advising our colleagues. There’s never a dull moment because there’s so much we can do to make the workplace a more diverse and inclusive space.
How would you describe the culture at Richemont?
There’s a certain energy about being part of such a big organisation. I’m part of a 35,000 people journey and with that comes a huge amount of opportunity. I feel privileged to be connecting with people from all over the world on a daily basis.
There’s a great deal of talent here, this, combined with mutual respect for the heritage and a passion for our brands - you can learn so much just by speaking to your colleagues.
What is one of your key learnings, since joining Richemont?
Connect beyond meetings. This has been exaggerated by the pandemic, but I think it’s always been important. Check-in with people, pick up the phone to get input from others, loop someone in with a different point of view – to me this is key to smart and inclusive work.
What surprised you about working for Richemont?
Everyone in the world is at a different point when it comes to DEI. Many people don’t understand it, are intimidated by it or are unsure of how it relates to them. I was pleasantly surprised at Richemont by the willingness of very busy people to make the time to join the conversation, get involved and learn.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is thinking of applying to Richemont?
Don’t underestimate your organic skillset. I think it’s important to think about what you bring beyond your qualifications. From my experience, including the kind of person you are, how you work best and what inspires you into your career profile, is how you find the best roles and teams for you to join.
In terms of Richemont, read up on the history and the brands, see which ones speak to you or inspires you most - then bring that energy with you.
If Emily’s journey has inspired you to explore where a career at Richemont could take you, check out the profile here, to discover the latest opportunities.