A favourite from previous conferences, Andrew Little returned to speak on the role finance plays in a business and how important it is to understand finance within different departments. Lastly, Chris Egerton-Vernon, Procurement and Inventory Manager for insignia shared his journey from sales and account management into procurement, and how being open to pursuing internal opportunities can both push you out of your comfort zone and help build your career.
At the conclusion of the presentations, the graduates put their learnings to practice in a supply chain simulation. Channelling their inner Lego Master, they were tasked with constructing a Lego plane, however not every team member had all the information required for the completion of the task. One person could view the instructions (procurement), one person could communicate the instructions (warehousing), one person could construct the plane (manufacturing), and one team member supervised the team’s progress and advised only when something was wrong, not what was wrong (finance). The team with the Lego plane most closely resembling the full task brief took home the win.