What's your job about?
Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) is a co-operative operating in the retail and wholesale grocery sectors of the North Island and my areas of responsibility are partnering with our Supply Chain team to provide commercial project support and turning financial insights into execution.
What are you exactly doing?
What's your background?
I grew up on the Hibiscus Coast of Auckland, where I was lucky to live across the road from a park and beach so needless to say spent most of my time outdoors. In terms of education I attended Orewa College, and the university of Auckland, and more recently gained my Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. I started at FSNI as a summer intern in 2015 and was then fortunate enough to be offered a graduate role in 2017 after completing my degree. The graduate programme lasted two years and gave me the opportunity to work in Strategy & New Ventures, Property Development and I.T. in a variety of roles, subsequently settling in the Strategy team as a business partner for two years before moving on to my current role. Continuing to learn and gain new skills is very important to me and post CFA I’ve been learning Piano and training for marathons to make use of my newfound time!
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes without a doubt. For my job, having business partnering skills are key to succeed, and although the technical finance skills are beneficial they could be learnt on the job. I’m a big believer that with a good attitude and work ethic you have the tools to succeed at whatever you put your mind to. Another great characteristic for any job is curiosity, for example understanding what’s behind a number or monthly result and why? This allows you to provide actionable information to decision makers.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is being able to turn insights into execution with real results. An example of this is being able to say if we can increase utilisation of our trucks (carrying products to stores) by X% then we can save $Y. Or that post implementation of our warehouse management system in our distribution centres, productivity has increased X% allowing our people to pick store orders faster and more accurately which gives customers more of what they want when they want it. I love that the work we undertake has tangible outcomes you can see.
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