Hotelier Middle East Awards: Where are they now?
Zehra Masood, who won the Procurement Person of the Year award in 2018 talks to us about her work and how the win affected her
We catch up with Zehra Masood, who is currently the cluster procurement manager at Majid Al Futtaim Accor properties.
What was your role at the time of the award?
Purchasing manager at Fairmont Dubai
What is your role now?
Cluster Procurement Manager – Majid Al Futtaim Accor properties.
I am responsible for a total of seven properties: Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre Hotel & Residences, Novotel & Ibis Dubai Deira City Centre, Novotel Suites & Ibis Dubai mall of the Emirates, Ibis Dubai al Rigga.
How did winning a Hotelier award change the course of your career?
To be named procurement person of the year represented an enormous validation of the work we have put in as a team. I’m a firm believer in result-oriented success, where even the smallest positive occurrence inculcated positivity and implied that I am on the right track. Winning the Hotelier award certainly boosted my confidence and led me to take a big career leap – to handle a cluster of seven of Accor’s core brands in the region.
What is the best part of your job?
Collaboration – I love my job because we, at MAF Accor properties share the same vision and dedication in striving towards one common goal.
I also like the autonomy, as my leaders provide me with the freedom to innovate, work within a diverse culture and create meaningful relationships at work.
What would you say to this year’s winners?
Stay hungry, stay foolish!