Estelle Darrigade joined the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore effective January 2017 in the role of head of HR and recruitment, leaving her previous role as career consultant and executive coach in her own company Next Step HR Consulting.

In this new role, Darrigade reports directly to the executive director of the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Carine Lespayandel and she is based at Liat Towers at Orchard Road, Singapore.

Darrigade shared with Human Resources that as head of HR and recruitment, her new role involves team management and ensuring continuous growth of the French Chamber's recruitment services, summing up the responsibilities of this role as thinking and developing HR services.

"The French Chamber assists companies in their recruitment as well as supports job seekers on their job search which involves creating and developing workshops that answer distinct questions job seekers have about working in Singapore.

"Another aspect of this role is supporting the activities of the HR Committee and the HR Club of the French Chamber," Darrigade added.

One of the French Chamber’s role is to provide a platform for the business community to exchange ideas and develop networks - the HR Committee is one of eighteen sectorial committees while the HR Club is the community for international HR directors and HR managers.

"More than a professional network, these provide the opportunity for our members to gain a broader knowledge base, share experiences, share best practices, improve processes, and come up with new ideas," she explained.

Sharing her number one priority for this year in the role, Darrigade said: "It is to set up in my new role and maintain the growth of my department, taking into consideration developments in the employment market in Singapore, developments in visa regulations, etc."

Shedding light on the top talent concern in Singapore at the moment, Darrigade said that attracting and retaining talent is an important HR concern for companies.

"Especially where it pertains to new generations, the focus is on retaining talent, which means being able to listen to, evolve and adjust to new expectations," she elaborated.

"A good part of a company’s ability to attract talent hinges on its branding, as a business, and certainly as an employer. And then to retain talent, companies need to offer opportunities for growth; for employees, this could be in terms of career growth or skills development," she said.

"Ultimately, most employees need to feel well, challenged and connected to their company and its values."

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