Profile: Chris Beh
Engineering offers many opportunities. One of these opportunities is the ability to work flexibly. This case study is one of a series which showcases the diverse people working in engineering and their varied working arrangements.
Who do you work for?
Marsh Limited, based in their Auckland office.
What tertiary qualifications do you hold?
I have recently completed an MBA with Distinction in Operations and Management from Auckland University of Technology. I also have a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University and a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. I’m also a Certified Project Manager – PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
What professional memberships do you hold?
I’m a Professional Member of IPENZ and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), IntPE(NZ). I’m also a Member of RiskNZ (NZ Society for Risk Management) and a Member of Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand Inc.
What is your current role and what does it involve?
I’m a Principal in Marsh’s New Zealand Risk Consulting practice where I’m responsible for developing and implementing services in response to clients’ strategic risk management needs. I also support the property, business interruption and liability risk control programmes across some of Marsh New Zealand’s larger corporate accounts operating in the Dairy, Health and Education sectors.
How many hours do you work in the average working week?
What is your current employment and personal situation?
I work full time, am married and have a toddler-age daughter. My wife has returned to full-time employment as a Senior Registrar at Auckland Hospital (trainee gastroenterologist).
Why did you decide on a career in engineering?
I chose mechanical engineering because I liked understanding how things worked and I enjoyed physics and maths at school. I thought also being an engineer would pay better than being a scientist, which was my other choice.
How has your company supported you to balance your work and other commitments?
I’m able to manage my client visits, meeting dates and business travel to fit in with my family and personal commitments.
I’ve also discussed with my manager we may move to another part of New Zealand next year to support my wife’s training and development. He has been very supportive.
What does the future hold for you professionally and privately?
Professionally, I would like to move into general and executive management.
Privately, I would like to support my wife through her own career development and training. We would also like to have more children.
What advice do you have for others who are seeking to work more flexibly or who are managing work and commitments?
Professionally, be open about your goals and aspirations with your employer. If you can’t then perhaps this employer and/or manager isn’t someone you would like to work for longer term. Have a rolling three-year plan you review, say at least six-monthly. Ensure your professional development plan is formally in place at your work and in the system.
Privately, I would recommend you’re clear, open and honest with your partner and family. Having a clear plan in place will help you to achieve these and avoid any conflict.
Thanks to Chris for taking the time to give us an insight into his life.
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