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Meet Stirling Piu

Meet Stirling Piu, a BComm Graduate who successfully completed the RCL FOODS Management Trainee Programme in 2013 and is now fulfilling his passion as a Project Manager in the Business Intelligence team.

Stirling’s Background

Born and raised in Durban, Stirling grew up working behind the shop counter of his parents’ business, which he says taught him the value of hard work and good customer service. It was this drive combined with his passion for food that led him to apply for a position on the RCL FOODS Management Trainee Programme.

Here’s what he had to say about his journey with us so far:

What attracted you to RCL FOODS as your employer of choice?

I would say, what really stood out to me about RCL FOODS is its strong culture that focuses on people, above anything else.

Which RCL FOODS value resonates with you most and why?

I’m the kind of person who is always looking at how to improve existing ways of doing things and I have realised that change plays a big role in this. You can’t expect a different result unless you do something differently. One of RCL FOODS’ values is ‘seeing and doing things differently’ and this really resonates with me.

Tell us about your journey at RCL FOODS, so far…

Since starting as a Management Trainee in 2013, I’ve been given the opportunity to learn, grow and add value to the business. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great team members, who have contributed tremendously to my personal growth and development.

What is your passion?

I’m really a nerd at heart. I enjoy learning new things and love spending my time problem-solving. This fits in very well with my role at RCL FOODS in the Business Intelligence space, where I am constantly exposed to new business processes and a fast-changing environment.

What advice do you have for graduates starting out in their careers?

Hard work and grit are hugely important. Starting your new chapter in the working world is when you need to absorb as much as possible to make a meaningful contribution so remember to stay humble in your approach, because learning does not end after tertiary education. Also, never be afraid to share ideas!