Winning the CIPSA Young Procurement Professional award in 2014 was “a great confidence boost and an honour to receive such recognition”, says Bree Pitcher.
Ahead of this year’s CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards, Pitcher said: “From a career perspective, my profile has grown and I have been fortunate to have opportunities to increase my network and meet people I would not have been previously exposed to.”
Pitcher, senior category management specialist at Meandu Mine, part of Stanwell, advised aspiring young professionals to challenge the norm. “Seize every opportunity, even though it may take you out of your comfort zone. This is the best way to develop your skills and grow,” she said.
Brooke Fowles, winner in 2013, said colleagues should be “looking for opportunities, doing things differently and building knowledge and relationships”.
Both were flown to the US by AT Kearney – sponsors of the award – to attend the AT Kearney CPO Executive Roundtable in Washington.