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GSD Employee Spotlight: Tatiana Ovsyannikova

Tatiana joined the Local HR Services family this year and relocated to Prague, Czech Republic from Germany where she spent the last 2 years doing project management work within GSD. Before that she worked as an HR BP based in Russia (in SAP and externally).

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Q: What is your current role?

A: I am Local HR Services manager responsible for the MEE and MEA regions. I am also a Global process manager – which sounds boring, but in reality, it is an interesting task Another aspect of my work is project management: I lead global projects transitioning certain services into GSD (like ITM or Onboarding).

Q: What do you like most about your position?

A: The fact that I combine several roles allows me to have diverse experiences, learn new processes and tools and increases my network within SAP. I often think that I don’t need a separate development plan as my goals are challenging and stretch me enough to have ‘on the job’ learning and development every single day.

Q: What do you like most about working in GSD?

A: First of all, I must say that very few companies in the world have such a mature Shared Service Center. So for those who work in the SSC, this is a unique chance to learn and understand how such a huge global company functions. Globalization and standardization are definitely strategic directions for many companies globally and SAP is ahead of many of them. For me personally, I feel very lucky that I can be here in Prague and be part of this big and professional SSC team.

Secondly, GSD gives us a great opportunity to look at processes and deliverables from a GLOBAL perspective. In my previous role as a HR BP, I was focused more on the local business needs and local specifics. Now I can look at things from a different perspective and combine my local and global experience to reach the best results.

Also, I had great chance to work in different countries (Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic) which was exciting… and challenging a bit as well as we travel with the family.

Q: What inspires you at work?

A: My family is my heart and my life I have very reliable husband and 2 kids of 5 and 9 years old. I see how quickly they grow (also personally) while experiencing different cultures, languages and traditions. How open they are to the change. My daughter now speaks 3 languages fluently (Russian, English and German) and is learning Czech now.

Strong and professional LHRS team across whole EMEA inspires me at work. The importance of trust cannot be underestimated!

I would like to use this opportunity to thank my peer colleagues, Carolin Mahn, and also to the whole LHRS management team for the warm welcome and for sharing the knowledge.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting their career in GSD?

A: Be open and raise your hand. There are so many chances for learning, development and career growth in GSD. We are on a growth side which is always great.


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