Meet Hansa Patel, Essar’s Everyday Champion
Mar 9th, 2018
I started my career 23 years back, when there were a handful of women engineers and even fewer in the manufacturing sector. In 1995, I was recruited by Essar during my campus placement. Since then, there has been no turning back! Those days, there were merely 8 women employees at the Hazira campus. Many of my close friends and relatives discouraged me from joining Essar as the steel plant was in the outskirts of the city, roads were still being built and travelling would be a problem. However, my determination and guidance from my peer, Hemali, helped me overcome the doubts and take the plunge.
I started my career in the Import section of the HRC division. An engineer was needed for inspection of imported machinery and other Customs related paperwork. I gradually developed expertise in the techno-commercial field. Being the only woman in the team for the longest time, juggling multiple roles, taking up new opportunities, adopting new technology with the times—none of these has been a challenge. I owe it to my colleagues and seniors for having faith in me. There have been instances when we have had to stay back late due to commissioning of HRC and other projects, but our safety has always been the top priority at Essar.
My learning process has not ended yet as I joined the Service Tax department at Essar Steel a few years back. Our team worked on the GST implementation last year and that was just the new challenge I was looking for. I would like to thank my superior, Mr Devang, who has always encouraged me. I would like to seize the moment to thank you all for influencing and sculpting me into the person I am today. I appreciate having had this wonderful opportunity to work at Essar!
Hansa D Patel
Finance & Accounts, Essar Steel
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