Today we sat down with our Sourcing Assistant Jason Huang to learn more about him and his work at Swedbrand.
What do you do as a Sourcing Assistant? Which are your main responsibilities?
As a Sourcing Assistant, I mainly handle RFQs sent by our Sales Team, and my job is to work with our suppliers to get the best prices. If the client agrees on the price we proceed with production and place the order with the supplier. I also have to deal with the production management process and the inspection once the production is done. I´m always making sure that our clients receive the product they want. I like it, it’s fun.
What did you do before you started at Swedbrand?
I had never worked in sourcing before, I used to work in the logistics industry for three years. I used to deal with things like warehousing, air shipping, ocean shipping, and so on. Working in the Sourcing Department is definitely different, very exciting and challenging.
Why did you change?
I always like to try new and exciting things. In logistics after a while it gets very repetitive, and you end up doing the same things over and over again for most of the time. You are basically just shipping products all the time, but in sourcing it’s completely different. Here it’s all about the products and how they are made, so there’s a lot to do, and it’s always something new.
What do you like the most about the company?
I think first of all the environment, it’s so international! You won’t find that in many companies like that, half of our staff is from outside of China. Also, like I said before, my job is very challenging!
Describe Swedbrand with three words?
You come from Shanghai, have you ever lived outside of the city or anywhere else?
My whole life I have lived here in Shanghai. My entire life, high school, university, all have been here. But in the future I hope I’ll be able to live abroad. I would like to live in South America if possible, like Brazil for example. I went to Brazil once on a business trip and I fell in love with the country. Both the weather and the people there are very beautiful!
I’m really inspired by my colleagues who have moved to China without having a job and then found one here. I really respect them. I would like to give it a try but I know it’s not easy. If possible, in the future, I would love to save money and travel the world.
What countries have you been to?
I have been to Brazil, and to France, but only for two days. I have also been to Thailand before, but that’s about it. But this September I’m going to Japan, I’m really looking forward to it! After Japan I would love to go to the US next year. I love Hollywood and I would really like to visit San Francisco.
What is your favorite thing about Shanghai? And how would you describe Shanghai to someone who has never been here?
The best thing about Shanghai is that it’s one of the most advanced cities in China, and I think you can get almost anything here. Take high-end clothes for instance, you can find them pretty much everywhere here, no need to go to Paris for that! So I definitely recommend the shopping experience to people who are new to Shanghai. Other than that, the city is always very crowded, every day of the week, so every restaurant, club or amusement park always has long waiting lines which you need to be prepared for. It´s the thing I hate the most about Shanghai!
What are your plans for the future?
So far I really enjoy my life and I am learning a lot of things here at Swedbrand. So in the next few years I will probably be working here. It’s so hard to predict the future though. If I have the chance to work abroad, South America or the US would definitely be my first choice.
My motto is to live in the moment, that’s also why I don’t usually make plans. Because things can change so quickly and you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Life is like a box of chocolate!
What do you do in your free time?
I don’t do many things in Shanghai, because as a local I try to avoid the center, many places are too touristic. What I like to do during the weekend is to escape from the city. Me and my friends like to rent a car and take road trips. We go to nearby cities and stay away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Sometimes I go to remote resorts to enjoy the nature.
I don’t really do any activities; I’ve gotten quite lazy lately. I used to play basketball when I was in high school and university, but I don’t do much sports anymore. It’s sad, I know. That’s a sign I’m growing up I guess. (He laughs)
Do you have any hidden skills?
I can speak a little bit of Japanese. I don’t speak too well but I can handle a basic conversation with Japanese people. And I’m still in the process of trying to master it, so I hope my trip to Japan this year will help me improve it! The reason I started years ago was because I love the Japanese culture and their ancient history, I’m especially fascinated by the samurais!