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Human resources executive provides insider's view of working for an energy company

Human resources executive provides insider's view of working for an energy company

Barbara Heim

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Barbara Heim ’83, former executive vice president of people for BG Group, will share insights about the benefits and challenges of working for a major energy company during a presentation at Lycoming College at 7:30 p.m. on April 20. The presentation, which will be held in Room G-9 of the Heim Biology and Chemistry Building on Mulberry Street, is free and open to the public.

During her presentation, titled “The inside story: one person’s perspective on working for a major energy company,” Heim will discuss the breadth of career opportunities available at global companies. Along with the more obvious positions of engineers, scientists and financial experts, energy companies hire professionals with a variety of skill sets including environmentalists, safety and performance managers, trainers, communicators, and human resource and marketing professionals. Heim also will discuss the benefits and challenges of working for a large corporation in the energy industry.

Heim spent seven years as a human resources executive for BG Group in the United Kingdom before her retirement last year. She had global responsibility for the company’s human resources function serving more than 5,000 employees in 14 countries. BG group, acquired in 2016 by the Shell Oil Company, produced around 680,000 barrels of oil per day and had significant liquefied natural gas capabilities. Its operations spanned 25 countries and most continents.

Prior to BG Group, Heim spent the previous 25 years in human resources with notable organizations including Burger King, Ryder, Colgate Palmolive, Pennzoil and Frito-Lay. Her work with these various organizations provides her with a unique vantage point for comparing careers in the energy industry with other industries. She began her career after earning a bachelor’s in communications from Lycoming College in 1983.

Heim now works for Houston-based non-profit, Be An Angel, providing services to multiple disabled and profoundly deaf children.