Life is not about finding yourself, but about creating yourself
Updated: Jul 28, 2021
Togzhan started with Richemont in 2018 as an Internal Control Specialist for the Russian Market. She is now working at Group level as a global Business Data Project Manager. From Russia to Switzerland, she brings her young and innovative point of view to new projects and initiatives. In her journey, she learnt that people should not be afraid to propose new ideas or break boundaries of what is expected from them.
My career path...
My story with Richemont started in Russia when I was 21 years old. At the time, I was still doing my master degree in Big Data and an internship in finance. My typical working day started at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, and then I had classes in the evening. I knew that my internship was a temporary position, but I was still very curious and fascinated by the Group’s values and direction. I thought that Richemont would be a place that I would love to continue working. After four months of my internship, I was proposed to join the Group for a permanent position of Internal Control Specialist. I remember that day very well because for me it was the start of a dream coming true.
As part of being an Internal Control Specialist, I was also responsible for payroll. I would say that it’s not a typical combination, however, it made my job very special. On the one hand, I review different processes such as discounts approval or IT general controls. On the other hand, there is a world of HR&Finance collaboration with hard deadlines and great teamwork. After 2 years within the company, I also started leading the E-commerce launch for Cartier Russia & CIS. The project group involved different departments, local and European Maison teams, so it was very challenging experience! Every time when we were able to meet the project roadmap, I was very happy and proud of our strong collaboration.
Recently, I joined a new team and a new office as Business Data Project Manager in Group Distribution Performance Department in Bellevue, Geneva. I am very excited to discover new projects and environments and I can’t be happier to have this relocation opportunity within the Group! I think that’s how I can describe my career path within the Group, being happy every day.
How have I impacted the group...
Together with Cartier, we opened a new sales channel and we were the first, at the time, to do it in the Russian market among the luxury players. The model and the processes that we put in place allow us to cover every Russian city with free delivery, which brings new clients and expands the omnichannel experience for existing ones, and finally, it generates additional sales!
When I left Russia, the team was working on launching local E-commerce with the same model for other Maisons such as Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels. I believe it’s the start of a very interesting chapter of our business in Russia!
How have I changed...
For sure! After three years in the Russian market, every position that I had was on top of the previous one. It was always a different scope of skills. Not only technical ones but also personal, like feedback and presentation skills. From what I learned, the job description is not static, you have to make it your own. I am not afraid to propose new ideas or break boundaries of what is expected from me anymore.
When I was asked about my long term goals, I couldn’t find the right words besides “I want to continue working within the Group”. For me, personally, it’s new skills and new abilities that I am looking for, not the next job title or label. Curiosity is something that moves you forward, especially to deep dive into your passion.
My favourite memory...
There are so many of them. For example, when we went live for Cartier’s website, we did not do any promotion or advertising, because we really created a new operational model and we wanted to go live slowly. But the first order was placed in, 30 minutes after the launch and it was coming from the suburbs!
What had a huge impact on my career and on my understanding of what I want, was a meeting I participated in Russia with all European markets’ CEO and CFO. As I was a part of the #YRichemont project, related to Millenials, I had a chance to present our ideas and results during that meeting. It was nice because we had a green light for almost all of our initiatives.
It made me believe that there is no such thing at Richemont as the fear of not being heard or judged. I think that they truly listened and believed in what we presented, and this is a very precious memory.
What surprised me...
I was impressed by how smooth it is so far! I’m 24 and I relocated to the headquarters, and if someone told me that three years ago, I would not have believed it. I had very supporting managers who mentored me and gave me amazing opportunities to challenge myself. Every year there are more and more initiatives across the Group and I saw how they are changing the way we work in a good way! I really like that in Richemont!
Wise words I live by...
For me, life is not about finding yourself, but about creating yourself. This is what I tell myself every day and I think I will keep doing it!