TheFace: Nouf Al-Juaid, Saudi HR chief

Nouf Al-Juaid chief of human resources, Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 11 January 2019
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TheFace: Nouf Al-Juaid, Saudi HR chief

  • I am the first Saudi woman to take on this role within the aerospace industry in my country

I did not stumble upon the aerospace industry by accident. I am Nouf Al-Juaid, chief of human resources (HR) at the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company (SRSC).
I am the first Saudi woman to take on this role within the aerospace industry in my country.
My father was an aeronautics engineer who joined the Royal Saudi Air Force through a Ministry of Defense engineering program and retired as a brigadier general.
He is my best friend, mentor and the main reason I fell in love with the aerospace industry to begin with.
Before joining the SRSC, I worked in talent acquisition at Boeing and served as a mentor at a joint program between Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University and Boeing Saudi Arabia.
I was also a co-instructor at a Boeing annual summit on diversity and inclusion, in which I had the privilege of working side by side with three inspiring women. The summit addressed how women in the Middle East can break stereotypes.
Like any military family, we moved around air bases in the Kingdom and abroad. Our travels spanned from as far as St. Louis, Missouri in the US to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Though I have been fortunate to have been exposed to different cultures, my roots run deep in Saudi Arabia.
This is where I have learned some of the most cherished values, including strength and respect.
My grandfather, a great family man, and my grandmother, a woman of strength who continued taking care of her family after losing her husband and two of her children, raised great leaders and lived beyond the age of 100.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, camping and going on exciting adventures.
I often hold gatherings with impressive future Saudi female leaders who inspire me.
I also have a passion for interior design and have a small project in the works that I have named “dragonfly designs” because in almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change that stems from mental and emotional maturity and an understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
Having been certified by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in HR and personal development, I am helping out on a new project that raises awareness about the importance of mental health and employee well-being in the workplace.
We are considering calling this initiative “sunlight ” after being inspired by the quote: “Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It is about how you drive, not where you are going.”
The project is in its initial phase and we are partnering with experts in the field to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for all.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.