Peitra is the head of human resources for Lend Lease Retail and Communities Asia Pacific and looks after half a dozen businesses operating in the property development and retail shopping centre side of the company. After coming from a legal background and specialising in employee relations, Peitra began working for Lend Lease as a legal counsel in the construction side of the business and then moved into human resources.
What employment opportunities do you have at Lend Lease?
As an integrated property group we employ people from a variety of backgrounds to work in property construction, development and management. The company is divided into three main lines of business – retail and communities, investment management and project management/construction.
We employ people who have commerce, economics, engineering, law, planning, construction and marketing degrees. We certainly employ people who don’t have degrees, but it is largely a professional work force and having academic qualifications is certainly an advantage.
Apart from employing people who have excellent technical skills, we also want the people who are the right fit, who will behave in accordance with our values of respect, integrity, innovation, collaboration and excellence. Because the work requires employees to be highly collaborative, we need to ensure that people will be able to work together effectively.
Many members of our senior management team have built their careers through Lend Lease and come up through the ranks. There are also large numbers of people working in the top positions in publicly listed companies that began their careers at Lend Lease. There is an obligation for individuals to manage their own career, but, additionally, Lend Lease does assist employees to develop and nurture that. For example, if you come in as a graduate engineer, you can move into a position as a project engineer, then project manager, and continue to move up through the ranks into senior management.
People do this all of the time (both within Australia and overseas). We encourage movement as it really deepens people’s skills sets. The more experienced people there are in different parts of property, the more valuable they are to us.
We operate in over 38 different countries with an enormous presence in the United Kingdom and the United States through all our streams of business. We also have operations in most European countries and some areas of South America and, of course, Asia. A significant number of people are sent around the globe each year. We place both senior and junior people on international assignments – we see it as part of the attraction of working for Lend Lease. Most of our senior management have spent time in various locations around the world.