Jintae joined Dana in 2011, a year after KNOC’s acquisition of the business. In 1988 his career with KNOC started in the accountancy department, where he was involved in all aspects of finance and treasury. Subsequent roles included exploration and production audit team leader, budget team leader, finance manager for CLJOC (a joint venture between Conoco Phillips, Petro Vietnam and KNOC) and latterly deputy general director for finance for Zhambyl Petroleum.
Q: What does your role as Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Dana involve?
A: In the last year I’ve been focusing mainly on transition management, ensuring Dana’s finance function is aligned with KNOC’s.
Q: What are the best bits of your job?
A: I’m constantly learning and being challenged. Before my secondment, I had no experience of European and UK financial practices. I find it very satisfying to be developing new skills and expanding my knowledge.
Q: And the worst bits?
A: There aren’t really any parts of my job that I dislike. I see every challenge as an opportunity.
Q: What's the most useful piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Work hard and always do your best.
Q: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I didn’t have a specific career in mind, but I looked up to my father and wanted to be like him when I grew up. He was an incredibly hard worker, he was dedicated to his family and he made a lot of sacrifices in order to give his children the best start in life.
Q: What's your favourite place to go on holiday?
A: The Isle of Skye. The scenery is breathtaking.
Q: What or who makes you laugh?
A: My colleagues. We work hard but we have fun too!
Q: What's your favourite film and why?
A: The Last of the Mohicans. The story takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian war when France and Britain battled for control of the North American colonies. During the war the French called on native American tribes to fight against the British colonies. It’s a very powerful story, with an amazing soundtrack.
Q: If you had to describe working at Dana in three words, which would you choose?
A: Challenging, aspirational and ambitious.