On the Rise

Jenna Ja­mani won’t stop un­til she’s learned ev­ery­thing there is to know about Fluor Canada

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER - – By Wil­low White

IF YOU ASK JENNA JA­MANI WHAT HER JOB TI­TLE IS, she pauses be­fore an­swer­ing “con­struc­tion project en­gi­neer.” The hes­i­ta­tion isn’t be­cause Ja­mani isn’t sure what she does. Rather, it’s be­cause the 31-year-old has held a range of roles in her nine years at Fluor Canada, and stick­ing with just one ti­tle doesn’t seem quite ac­cu­rate. “I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to do a lot of things within my short ca­reer,” Ja­mani says. And she’s not kid­ding.

While study­ing for a de­gree in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Water­loo, Ja­mani was hired by Fluor for a four-month in­tern­ship. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, the com­pany wanted her back and hired her as a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer. While she liked the work, af­ter five years it started to feel sti­fling. “It re­ally kept me at my desk with a more cu­bi­cle kind of men­tal­ity. But I wanted to open up the cu­bi­cle doors, my knowl­edge and my net­work,” she says. Fluor was happy to help Ja­mani ex­plore new roles and she tran­si­tioned into a sales po­si­tion. Through­out the fol­low­ing years she went above and be­yond the daily grind and spear­headed sev­eral in­ter­nal floor cam­paigns to raise money for United Way. She even spent four months work­ing for United Way’s city-wide fundrais­ing cam­paign as a loaned rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Fluor. She liked non-profit work so much, she al­most didn’t leave. By 2013, Ja­mani was se­lected as a par­tic­i­pant in Fluor’s for­mal lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment track, a pro­gram that iden­ti­fies can­di­dates for po­ten­tial com­pany lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

To­day, Ja­mani is a con­struc­tion project en­gi­neer at a new up­grader site. It’s a var­ied role that changes daily due to un­ex­pected twists and turns. But it’s a chal­lenge Ja­mani is up for. She says it re­minds her of one of her favourite pas­times. “I liken it to a soc­cer scrim­mage where one per­son wears a red shirt and plays for both teams—for what­ever team has the ball—and just moves back and forth. That’s kind of what be­ing a project en­gi­neer has been like, get­ting en­gaged wher­ever you’re asked.”

The de­mand­ing nature of the job suits Ja­mani’s com­pet­i­tive and goal-ori­ented nature, and she en­cour­ages other women to jump into tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated roles like hers. “I work with so many women who are lead­ers on this project. I’ve no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in gen­der bal­ance even from five years ago,” she says. “You learn so much on site. I would rec­om­mend it to any­one, but women in par­tic­u­lar—come to site. There’s noth­ing to be afraid of.”

Work­ing for Fluor pro­vides Ja­mani with the kind of work­place di­ver­sity and per­sonal growth that she craves. “One of the things that I’ve re­ally loved about Fluor is that they’ve been re­ally open to my ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions,” says Ja­mani. While she says she prob­a­bly won’t spend the re­main­der of her ca­reer as a con­struc­tion project en­gi­neer, she is look­ing for­ward to which­ever path it opens up for her next. “One of the things that I re­ally loved about my sales po­si­tion was get­ting to work with an en­gaged group of peo­ple who talk about the strat­egy of our busi­ness and how we’re go­ing to im­prove our busi­ness. Maybe an op­por­tu­nity will come up in the fu­ture where I can learn more about our busi­ness strat­egy,” she says. For now, Ja­mani will keep tak­ing ad­van­tage of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity she’s of­fered. “There’s not re­ally one per­fect ca­reer path. It’s just learn­ing new things and hop­ing you can uti­lize that for your com­pany in the long term. I re­ally hope to jump at op­por­tu­ni­ties, to keep grow­ing and con­trib­ute in a pos­i­tive way.”

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