09/12 Breakfast Panel Discussion


Attracting and retaining local young professionals


Entry-level job seekers have the luxury of an abundance of job offers. Corporates face a high level of competition for talent. What are the criteria of these young graduates to perceive a company as a better employer? What are good practices of Employment branding?


Panel Composition:

  • Ms Jaya Dass, Country Director Randstad
  • Mr Frank KuijstersDigne Consult, a specialist on HR/cultural differences/executive coach
  • Mr Jan TimmerManaging Director at Pezy Group, Singapore
  • Mr Marnix Mali, Head of HR, APAC, Booking.com

Once employees have commenced their careers their focus turns to advancement and how to quickly progress up the corporate ladder.

Job-hopping in Singapore is fairly standard practice, much to the frustration of employers and HR teams. And evidently this is not just an issue with senior and middle management – even recent graduates are, apparently, prepared to hop, skip, and jump between roles making moving employers an Olympic sport.

How should companies play catch-up with job-hopping employees?

What are key attributes that Singaporean young professionals look for in their dream job?

Standard working hours, a good relationship with colleagues or a transparent organisation?

According to studies on ‘generation Y’ non of the above.

Though understanding generation Y and their preferences is key to managing performance and engagement.

  • Does Gen Y use social media as a source to learn about organizations?
  • What drives Gen Y? Money or opportunities to develop and grow?
  • Would Gen Y rather collaborate than compete?
  • Is Gen Y likely to built relationships with co-workers and do they feel comfortable in partnerships?
  • Why is Gen Y job hopping?


Panel Composition:

  • Ms Jaya Dass, Country Director at Randstad

Jaya Dass joined Randstad in 2008, bringing with her 10 years prior experience in Business Development and HR, in addition to working in Australia.

Equipped with strong business acumen drawn from her experience operating a business in security and audit, Jaya was fast-tracked from being a consultant to providing stewardship for a team of 120 consultants across 8 divisions in addition to the Randstad Corporate Support departments.

In October 2015, Jaya was promoted to Country Manager for Randstad Singapore with the remit to further develop and grow the business.

Jaya holds a Master in Commerce and a Bachelor in Finance. She is a member of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), the Marketing institute of Singapore (MIS) and the accredited WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)


  • Mr Frank KuijstersDigne Consult, a specialist on HR/cultural differences/executive coach

Frank has more than twenty eight years of experience in facilitation, training and coaching. He trained, coached and consulted (senior) executives and professionals at all levels in profit and non-profit organisations in multiple countries in Asia and Europe. He is a business coach to both entrepreneurs and executives of entrepreneurial firms. In his previous and current consulting roles, he worked extensively on leadership/management capability issues, developing teams, internal communication, cultural awareness, negotiating and influencing, organisational change and managing careers with people of different cultural backgrounds and nationalities.


  • Mr Jan TimmerManaging Director at Pezy Group, Singapore

Based in Singapore, Jan is Co-Founder of We Are Perspective Pte Ltd in Singapore. He started the company in Singapore in 2011 and grew a team of 12 creative professionals serving a wide variety of clients in Asia.

As Managing Director, Jan is responsible for the business here; managing its growth, the organization, sales and finances. He is also the linking pin between the Singapore company and its Dutch Pezy Group counterparts. As member of the board of directors of Pezy Group Holding Jan supports the growth of Pezy Group strategically.

Prior to this, Jan was responsible for building up a new product development company for Pezy Product Innovation in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. As operations manager he built a design team, acquired a customer base and managed relations and projects with the other Pezy Group companies.

Before Jan’s business management roles, he was a pre-development consultant and project manager with Pezy since 2003. He was involved in several technical conceptual projects that required out-of-the-box solutions and often resulted in patents. In this time he worked on projects for customers based in Europe, China and Singapore.

Jan started his career as an industrial designer for Bakkers Special Products, a mechanical design company in The Netherlands.

Besides his work at Pezy Group, Jan actively supported the product development education in The Netherlands as a member of the graduation committee at the The Hague University of Applied Science, and as external member of the curriculum and graduation advisory committee for the Fontys University, from 2004 until 2009. Currently he is connected to Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore as external reviewer.

Jan studied Industrial Design at the University of Delft and Product Development at The Hague University of Applied Science.



  • Mr Marnix Mali, Head of HR, APAC, Booking.com

Marnix Mali is the Head of HR, APAC, Booking.com, based in the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore.

He took up the APAC role July 2015 after having been responsible for Global Learning & Talent, Booking.com, based in Amsterdam.

In that role he led the initiative to define what it takes for a people manager to be successful at Booking.com, leading to the Management Recipe, and launched the Booking U, the platform of all learning events and opportunities within the company.

In his 20 year career Marnix has held various HR roles in global companies, and worked and lived in London, Hamburg and Amsterdam.

Today he lives in Singapore with his wife Yoshie and their sons Taro and Jiro.



Wednesday 9 December 2015 8h00 am – 10h00 am


Tower Club

9 Raffles Place, Penthouse (62nd-64th floor) Republic Plaza, Tower 1,

Singapore 048619