One of the many faces of BlueScope, Alison has considerable work experience in the field of logistics. During her time here, she has worked in more than one department and enjoys the flexibility that her job provides. We asked her some questions about her career journey and what she values in her work.
When did you join BlueScope and what motivated you to apply?
I’ve been with BlueScope for about four years now and prior to joining, I had been working in the same organisation for about 10 years. I realised that unless I was able to perform shift-work or make really significant changes to my lifestyle, I wouldn’t have had any opportunity there to progress further.
One of the things that was really interesting for me about BlueScope was that I had met lots of people who had worked here before; I saw their ability to move within the company. More often than not, there are opportunities to promote internally over externally and there’s a pretty good development scheme for employees. I was attracted by the potential for more. I did love where I was working before and I wasn’t actively looking for a new job, but one day I just went on SEEK to see what else was out there and I found an amazing job here.
Have you had the opportunity to move around the company since joining?
I actually have a huge passion for shipping and I was working in marine logistics only up until June this year, but then made the move to this logistics department. I now collaborate with the NSW Road and Rail logistics team, primarily focusing on roads. I create the forecast plan for what we’re moving each week and I have meetings with the road carriers to compare rates for cargo, as well as what is available each week.
What do you value most about your work here?
The thing that I like about working at BlueScope is that I’ve been offered really amazing flexibility, particularly when it comes to work-life balance. I am now part-time—working four days each week—but I can do it over five and can pick my kids up from school and direct my own start and finish times. It can be different for various departments but within both of the teams that I’ve experienced it has been very flexible.
The thing that I love especially now is that I have some really amazing, strong female leadership. That wasn’t as much the case before and it’s something that I enjoy about my current role. There are frustrations and challenges (as in any business) but I do like working with BlueScope.
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