Michael ZHU's testimonial, Business development manager

Michael ZHU gives insight into life and corporate culture at Arkema China.

What is your job at Arkema China?

I am the Greater China Business development group manager & Global battery market manager in Kynar® Fluoropolymers, based in Shanghai.


What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

I have dual functions in Fluoropolymers BU. I am in charge of all the Kynar® business development and technical service activities in Greater China, mainly focused on new application market and new customer development. At the same time, I am also the leader of global Li-ion Battery market for Kynar® business, this is a fast-growing market in the recent years, especially in China and Asia.


What did you do before joining Arkema China?

I joined Arkema in 2006 after getting my Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Before I went to the States pursuing for graduate study, I used to work for ICI Paint China and ATOFINA China (H2O2 BU) as Sales engineer.


How do you see your future at Arkema China?

I am very fortunate to have my career grown together with the Arkema Kynar® business, here I found a good combination of my technical background and commercial experience. Therefore, I am well convinced that Arkema’s business growth will allow me a significant career growth in the future.


What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to work for Arkema China?

As Arkema is a very globalized organization, team-work spirit and communication are always the two key tips I give to the new comers. Never work alone - Work with your team will help you learn and adapt yourself quicker within Arkema. Asking questions directly to your local and foreign colleagues is always the most efficient way for learning.


What are some of the highlights of working at Arkema China ?

I have been working for Arkema Kynar® team for 7 years so far. Our team in China becomes bigger and younger since I have joined. We work as a team to overcome business and technical challenges from customers everyday. While beyond work, we get along as a big family, where we share a lot of fun together. This balanced atmosphere makes me feel comfortable and confident to continue my career in Arkema.   


How would you describe Arkema China in one sentence?

With its fast-growing business, safe and friendly working environment, Arkema China is a great working place which allows everyone pursue for his/her own career future.