By Diane Utatao
Director – D&I Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Member, NAWO NSW State Committee
Our first NAWO NSW Quick Bites event held on Wednesday 27 April 2016, was focussed on our learning priority of Corporate and Commercial Literacy*. Although this is an important topic it is often viewed as a rather ‘dry’ subject – so we were thrilled to be generously hosted by Tooheys which was a huge drawcard for our members!
To the envy of many a beer lover and all manufacturing enthusiasts, we were delighted to be taken for a tour of the Tooheys brewery. Over the course of an hour we saw how the raw materials were mashed, whirled and fermented using the yeast that is cultivated to perfection in the bright new storage tanks all the way to filtering to their state of the art bottling lines. It was incredible to see how everything just worked automatically and how little manual handling was required. We were also taken on a journey of the different beer brands and how they have evolved over the years and the history of the family behind the Tooheys sites.
Fast Facts about Tooheys:
The parent company is Lion (owned by Kirin), which is split across 3 businesses:
Following the tour we were joined by two financially savvy speakers from Lion – Wendy Cheung, Commercial Manager, Logistics and Melinda Xuereb-Brook, Management Reporting Leader who shared their career insights on building commercial acumen, from a Finance perspective.
Wendy and Melinda were then joined on the panel by Insa Errey – Utilities Improvement Engineer, Lion and Melissa Aistrope – Technical Brewer, Lion, for an engaging and practical discussion on how to collaborate with your Finance team to help you deliver more cost effective performance for your business.
Take-outs from the presentations and panel conversation:
Example of Value Creation
The logistics team came up with an idea to increase the number of cartons per pallet. The company is charged by the pallet. By increasing the number of cartons per pallet they leveraged $1 million in value creation in one year.
According to the feedback our members had a fantastic morning which was topped off with a beautiful BBQ lunch provided by Tooheys. We would like to thank our guest speakers from Tooheys and a special mention for Christine Carew from Tooheys who organised the logistics to make the morning run so smoothly.
*NAWO’s research found there are key areas where female leaders benefit from additional insight and learning. Therefore all of our events and programs are built around five key learning priorities:
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