She’s the gatekeeper of all things online (which for an ecommerce company is basically…. everything), and is currently attempting to tackle life the Italian way – meet Sophia Cheung, our Business Project Manager.
What do you do here at Grana?
I’m kind of the gatekeeper to everything you see on our site. I’m responsible for driving projects, big or small and ensure that they are completed to improve customer’s experience on our site.
What’s it like working at Grana compared to your previous jobs?
I would say the atmosphere, as I’m given a lot of freedom to manage what I get to do. The environment is relaxed and there’s no real corporate vibe of not being allowed to do things because of what your title is at the company for example. However, it does come with its disadvantages too. As I’m often left on my own to develop all the missing links required to turn a concept into a fully functional implemented idea.
What have your learnt about people through your job?
That every person will have different perspectives on ideas. This has made me adapt how I present ideas across, as how the tech team views something will be completely different to how the product team will view it.
What’s the most difficult thing about your job?
A big part of my job is negotiating. I speak to different people or teams across the whole company, everyone has their expectations, which means it can be difficult to make everyone happy. Part of my job is to compromise and manage those expectations.
What do you look for in quality when it comes to curating your life?
I’ve become more selective over the years, and will spend a bit more money on clothes that will last me longer, or experiences such as trips.
Can you tell us a bit about the places you’ve traveled and how they influenced you as a person?
I grew up in the UK, which I really appreciate even more now. It’s given me a different outlook on life since coming to work in Hong Kong. Making me value different cultures and backgrounds that people come from. I also recently came back from a trip to Rome and loved the way that the Italians tackled life, they really enjoy each part of their day from even their morning coffee which I need to start doing more of.
What do your friends know you for?
What they know me for and what I think they know me for might be a lot different. But I’d hope they see me as quirky, ambitious, thoughtful but also a weirdo that will sing at random too.