Courtney Ellis-Jones asks how you would determine whether you think someone is a "global mobility expert." How would you define a "global mobility expert?"
Karen O’Brien, global mobility director at AECOM, had this to say: “A GM expert is someone with deep knowledge and significant experience across a broad spectrum of industries and locations. It is someone who regularly presents on GM topics and or writes articles. An expert would be seen as a trusted advisor and also seen as a thought leader in their company and in the wider GM field.”
Courtney goes on to declare that in an increasingly global world, the importance of the global mobility professional is more apparent than ever. There is a pool of knowledge that is both deep and wide across many fields like remuneration, expatriate and corporate tax, immigration, supply chain, talent management, duty of care, culture...and the list goes on.
How do you differentiate yourself to show you are also an expert?
With Global Shared Service Centres and Centres of Excellence rising in importance for the cost-savvy multinational, many Global Mobility Directors are finding their staff spread among diametrically opposed timezones and without the hands-on training and monitoring they’d get from sitting in the headquarters. As more people enter into Global Mobility, either from the necessity of the global demands or the exposure of global roles encouraging newcomers from Human Resources, Talent, Engagement and Tax, it is becoming more and more difficult to outline what exactly a global mobility expert is.What makes someone one an “expert”?