VCX: Hi Annette, can you talk us through your career to date?
AK: My first corporate role was in customer service in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), which served as my introduction to suppliers, customers and dealing with day-to-day issues.
I’m always looking for my next challenge, and after being promoted into a team leadership role, I considered my skills and interests, and moved into a procurement analyst role. It was a great move for me and allowed me to apply what I learned through my Bachelor of Business degree to solve business problems, streamline processes and create efficiencies.
A manager saw my potential and prepared me for my next role as Procurement Category Manager where I was responsible for packaging procurement – think glass jars, chocolate wrappers, cardboard boxes, all the things you see on the shelf at the supermarket – a complex remit and fast-paced role!
VCX: What led you to Vicinity?
AK: The business I was in at the time was focused on developing the team into being category specialists and I didn’t want to be pigeonholed into packaging procurement forever.
I’d been focusing on developing my transferable skills and, to open the door to industries other than FMCG, I knew I needed to gain experience in indirect procurement – labour services, waste, repairs and maintenance. I managed to gain the experience I craved with another FMCG, before finally joining Vicinity as a Procurement Manager.