4 Questions for Julia Nolf
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you found your way to Hellmann?
I am originally from about an hour north of Philadelphia and about an hour and a half west of New York City so if you made a right angle, you’d hit my hometown. I’d say I’ve had an interesting career so far, working in different industries. The last company I worked at was a ‘Fortune 100 Company’ – a large corporation! When I reflected on what I wanted to do next, I realized that I wanted to go somewhere a bit smaller, where I could have a bigger impact and more control over the decisions being taken.
When I was approached with this opportunity, I thought this role is a lot of what I’m looking for and I feel my skills are particularly suited for this position because I’m a team builder and that’s exactly what is needed right now. Let’s get the structure figured out and develop the talent!
What is your impression of Hellmann so far?
The F.A.M.I.L.Y DNA really resonates with me because here everyone is trying to do the best for the customer and do the best for the people as well and I really believe in that. I also feel very strongly about women in leadership, so I am happy to be at a company that supports that. Hellmann is somewhere I feel my voice is heard and I have a seat at the table!
You will oversee sales, business development, marketing, and account management across North and Latin America. Which projects are at the top of your agenda?
First things first, I am listening and spending time not only with the sales and commercial teams, but also with the operations team to get familiar with the current state. The next step is, that I want to focus on some key areas in the short term given the bigger initiatives from the global team. I think we have great opportunities to look across the commercial organization and make sure that we’re setting ourselves up for success in the integrated Americas region so that everything is consistent. This includes structure, incentives, compensation, and more which are meant to support the team and make life easier as well as provide clarity on what to focus on. The third thing is to relook at the actual structure in the Americas and make sure that it is as efficient as possible, so we service our customers correctly while we also take care of our people so that their workload isn’t overwhelming and ensure they’re getting paid correctly.
Those are the major goals to set up the support structure in the short term so that we can be successful in these global projects! There are strategic things that we can do and people we can add with specific knowledge that will really boost the team so that is what we’re going to work through in the next 3-6 months.
Tell us about what you like to do in your free time:
I’m pretty big into yoga and I think it’s really good for the soul. I love to travel, I know everybody says that, but I really do! This year, I went to Africa for the first time, I traveled to Kenya and did a safari, and it was wonderful! Last year, I hiked Machu Picchu! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.
I also love riding horses! My mom is an accomplished equestrian and she got me into it as a little kid. I am currently getting my Equine Therapy Certification so I can help people with mental health, emotional, or behavioral issues by teaching them how to care for horses. I feel very passionate about this and can’t wait to get my certification done!
Thank you very much for the interview.