Joint venture in China

I was part of a three-person team from Unilever that established a joint-venture tea factory in Guangzhou, China. We started with an empty building and a year later we had a working factory. Initially I was responsible for Finance, IT and Supply Chain however when after a change of General Manager brought in a Sales specialist I was also given the factory to look after.

As you can imagine there were many challenges working in such a different environment, especially as the only non-Chinese employee, and I learnt a huge amount during my 2½ years there.