I am Famous around the office for: my funky
hairstyle and love of all things bubbly!
Background: I have been working in the Hardware Industry for over 20yrs. In 1990 I took on a 6 week casual role at Bunning's as "the Tea Lady". I had ambitions to study Nursing, so took the job for extra money, but to my surprise I really enjoyed it and made lots of new friends, so when I was asked to stay on as supervisor in the mail room, I said yes.
From there I moved into the Pricing Department, where I worked on product changes and added products to the range manually, before computers came in! Bunning's had just purchased McEwans in the east states and it was my job to help put together the range and pricing for all Bunning's stores nationally. Finally computers came in, and the job got a whole lot easier!
I was then asked to take on a role as Advertising Assistant. I was responsible for helping to select products for catalogues/TV and press and ensure that advertised stock was available in all Bunning's Stores. I then successfully applied for the position of Garden Buyers Assistant, helping with ranging decisions, new product submissions, trading terms and business reviews. During this time I also studied Retail Management at Tafe.
I continued to move my way through the organisation and took on a Buying position within the Garden Department for Pots and Reticulation for WA, SA and NT, and later, was appointed buyer for Housewares/Storage/Indoor and Outdoor Blinds.
I was involved in developing the 1st Bunnings Warehouse in WA Joondalup and saw first-hand how the Warehouse concept was redefining the way consumers shopped for Hardware and Lifestyle products. I continued to see many more Warehouse developments in WA and SA over the next 8-10 years.
When Bunning's decided to centralized their buying location, I took on the position of WA Retail State Manager for Smart Home Products. 8 years later Seasol came calling and 10 years on I've never looked back.