HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPRMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2022
Co-sponsor: VF Asia
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTProduct Development Support Coordinator
VF Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“The RMIT University Master of Global Trade is an ideal program to equip myself to become successful in my career and contribute meaningfully in a leadership capacity to my organization.”
Do Thi Thao Phuong is Product Development Support Coordinator at VF Asia, a subsidiary of VF Corp, a Fortune 250 company with more than 120 years of experience in the footwear and apparel industry supplying more than 30 global brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Bulwark and Dickies.
Phuong serves as the link between all parties involved to manage the development process into pre-production for the Timberland Footwear team. Her main responsibilities are focusing on reports about development swings and complexity of development workload for management teams to decide how to allocate projects to factory groups at the development stage. She also ensures the availability of samples of new products in accordance with the supply plan to deliver to Timberland regional offices.
Before joining VF Asia in 2018, Phuong worked as a Footwear Developer at Tae Kwang Vina Industrial for four years, where she managed new product development projects and worked closely with relevant stakeholders to solve critical technical issues during development stage to get the representative samples for new products.
She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Business English in 2014 and Marketing in 2017 from the University of Finance and Marketing in Vietnam.
With the 4.0 industrial revolution, the global economy has been changing swiftly. International trade plays a major role in creating a borderless global market with ecommerce and fast delivery.
The global trade sector requires a solid understanding of operations and management skill sets with the ability to be flexible, adaptive and agile. Fortunately, the RMIT University Master of Global Trade is an ideal program to equip myself to become successful in my career and contribute meaningfully in a leadership capacity to my organization.
The Hinrich Foundation’s pathway of aspire, learn, grow and lead is very exciting. Nowadays, businesses, economies and marketplaces around the world are interconnected and more interdependent than ever before. The knowledge, skills and network from the MGT program will develop my critical and analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as provide me with an international perspective.
This will sustain my growth towards becoming a global trade leader, which aligns with my organization’s strategy. I am strongly connected with the VF purpose: “We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet.” To live and to work with this shared commitment and ambition sharpens our focus and informs our decisions properly.
The MGT is an excellent place to build a professional business network.
The program also creates an environment where I can develop and demonstrate independent and collaborative research capability. I can present solutions to complex problems by applying efficiently a range of appropriate techniques and knowledge I will learn from the program.