Arowana is its people. What is unique about Arowana is its entrepreneurial spirit, where humility, solidarity, tenacity, creativity and unwavering commitment mean that the seemingly impossible can be achieved, despite the odds.
When we look to hire, what we look for above else is tenacity and resilience, people who are energised by seemingly insurmountable challenges and who thrive in an imperfect world where change is constant. We don’t restrict our search for talent to those from a certain professional or educational background – we look for accountants, engineers, data analysts, bankers or entrepreneurs; college graduates or those with decades of experience; those from start-ups or who have run their own businesses or those who have worked in professional services or corporate environments.
I'd say the most enjoyable and valuable experience I gained during my years as an executive at Arowana was the pace and quality of learning there. Every day presented opportunities to learn about different aspects of operating and investing in businesses – an experience that continues to be incredibly valuable in helping grow the startup business I'm now involved in. I'm proud to be an Arowana alumnus.”
Kent Kwan, former Arowana Executive Director, Co-founder Atlas Trend
At Arowana, we believe in lifelong learning. We consider it of upmost importance that our people not only stay relevant but also have skills and experience that are future-proofed to be able to help our companies to scale up, not just now but sustainably. We continually invest in best-of-breed learning programmes, spanning leadership, technology, marketing, data science and finance, among other disciplines. On top of this, each of our team members gets allocated an online education budget each year for them to expand their knowledge base.
We want our people to be independent, outside-the-box thinkers, and in this regard, we encourage them to learn disciplines beyond their core competencies.
To help our team members accelerate their personal growth, we have Arowana University – the in-house learning and development arm of Arowana, which also serves as a learning and development support unit for our companies.
When Arowana University introduced the Circle of Leadership, I was one of the original attendees only missing those when I was unable to travel. These are invaluable for personal improvement, team interaction and motivation.”
Kelly Alcorn, GM Thermoscan
Through Arowana University, we have engaged world-class speakers and subject-matter experts for our team to learn from and engage with. These include Boris Groysberg (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School), Verne Harnish (Rockefeller Habits) and Tony Seba (Clean Disruption author and Stanford Professor).
We have sent team members out, to study such programmes as the Persuasion course, devised by world-leading expert Professor Cialdini; the Singularity University program in Silicon Valley; a 12-week introduction course to the Rockefeller Habits; the London Business School Essentials of Leadership programme; and the Columbia Business School Value Investing course in New York.
Our team members also get the opportunity to participate in exclusive development opportunities internationally. Most recently, we curated a Tech Tour of Silicon Valley that involved behind-the-scenes visits and meetings at Google, Apple, Singularity University, Tesla, Impossible Foods, Facebook and Microsoft. Other recent trips have included New York City and Bangkok.
Careers at Arowana
We are always interested in hearing from interesting people whether it may be in London, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore or Manila – even if we haven’t posted a job. What we look for are people who embrace our values, like to operate with pace, power and precision, work best in a team and have a never-say-die entrepreneurial spirit.
If you are interested in being part of an authentically entrepreneurial environment (and its attendant ups and downs) as well as accelerating your learning and growth, why don’t you introduce yourself.