“I loved the fact that they proactively approached the business with the idea – rather than wait for an opportunity to come up, they worked together to create one.”
Similarly, Group Category and Shopper Manager Mark Polaczek didn’t hesitate to agree to the job exchange, as it was a natural step forward in Julia and Paul’s development and leadership journey.
The first few weeks involved Julia and Paul shadowing and helping each other transition into their new roles.
“There were a lot of questions! Which is quite unique, because often when you take a role, the person has left the business already, so the ability to go to Paul for help has been awesome,” says Julia.
Now the training wheels are off and Julia and Paul have been in their new roles for four months.
“I don’t want to swap back – at least not yet!” says Julia.
Paul agrees with Julia, saying, “previous to this role I did sales my whole career, so it’s exciting to try something different out of my comfort zone and get a new skill set.”
“Being able to stay in Fonterra, because neither of us wanted to leave the Co-op, and taking advantage of the different roles out there and learning something new, has been a great opportunity.”
Julia and Paul’s job swap is an example of Fonterra’s commitment to providing a flexible working environment that attracts and retains the best people.