Jade Peter is the National Human Resource Manager at Belgotex Floorcoverings. Jade has close to two decades of experience in the field and some of the previous positions that she has held include HR Manager of St Anne’s Hospital for Netcare, Regional HR Manager for Deloitte in KwaZulu-Natal, Group Human Resource Manager of BSi Steel Limited and owner of Synergize HR Consulting and Recruitment.

Jade completed her Social Science Degree, majoring in Organisational Psychology, Motivational Psychology and Industrial Sociology at the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg, before pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management in 1999 through University of Natal. She also obtained a BCom Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology through UNISA in 2001 and is currently completing her Master’s in Commerce Degree, specialising in HR Management.

Her main objective at Belgotex is to ensure that the company provides a professional best practice human resource service to the business.

“My job is to ensure that systems are in place to continually monitor and improve the human resource climate of the company, to mitigate risk for the business in terms of labour relations and ensure compliance to labour legislation. I’m also responsible for attracting and retaining the best talent, ensuring a happy and healthy workplace culture as well as driving equity and diversity initiatives within the business. I am privileged to work with a qualified HR team who are passionate about Belgotex and without whom our successes would not have been possible,” says Jade.

Jade adds that she is proud to be associated with the Belgotex brand and is excited and confident about her future with the company.

“My role is interesting, dynamic, challenging and rewarding. At the helm of Belgotex’s leadership is a group of directors who are completely committed to the sustainability of the business and the preservation of the family values that define the company – which is definitely a winning formula. The leadership team are people centric and are committed to staff well-being,” says Jade.

When asked about her greatest achievements to date, Jade says that improving diversity, celebrating cultural differences and encouraging an atmosphere of fun in the workplace are some of the achievements that she is particularly proud of.

“Taking over the reins from the previous HR Manager, who had 32 years of service with the company, was extremely challenging. The HR climate was entrenched, making any form of change, albeit small, very tricky. As a new leader my aim was to reshape HR to align more closely with best practice and to ensure congruence with business objectives. We have made great progress in just short of two years and I am proud to have gained the trust of my team and the directors to whom I report,” says Jade.

Jade remarks that she loves telling people the unique story of Belgotex and its rich family ethos.

“The flooring industry is awesome in its own right but being associated with the brand that is synonymous with being market leaders, change agents and trend setters really makes all the difference” says Jade.

Outside of her busy corporate life, Jade is the mother of two teenagers, Jordan (15) and Caden (13). She says her children are her inspiration and also the reason for her grey hairs. Her partner Ivan, sisters and mother are her biggest supporters and her happy place.

For more information, contact Belgotex Floors on +27 (33) 897 7500 or via www.belgotexfloors.co.za.