Temp Role Leads to Career – Suncorp’s Software Procurement Leader Jessica Pike image

Temp Role Leads to Career – Suncorp’s Software Procurement Leader Jessica Pike

Ever wondered how a temp role could lead to a career in an area you would not normally consider? Jessica Pike shares her story on how a temp placement some years ago has had a long lasting effect on her occupation, studies and passion. We are so very proud of her accomplishments.

Tell us a bit about yourself, and what your current role involves.

I work in ICT procurement at Suncorp (my role is Software Procurement Leader) and I have been in ICT procurement for just over 8 years doing various things. Now I’m in the category management/sourcing side which means my day-to-day is mostly running tenders & drafting/negotiating contracts which suits me to a tee.

How did you end up in Procurement?

I’ve been asked a bunch of times why I chose procurement and I always have to tell people I didn’t choose it, I just fell into it when Suzie sent me on a 3 month temp contract – where I ended up staying more than 5 years!

I was only a few weeks out of high school when I started with Majer and had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I’m 8 years in, half way through my second degree and I’ve definitely found my passion.

What do you see as two benefits of working from home in the current climate?

1) I get to spend more time at home with my family (boyfriend and fur kids haha).
2) I feel like everything has slowed down a little, I’m not rushing from home to work, to the gym, to the supermarket, and back home every day. It’s nice to have a little more time in the day.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Don’t undersell yourself.
(I’ve heard this a few times especially when I’ve applied for new roles that were a step up from where I was).

Describe Majer in three words:

  • Supportive
  • People-oriented &
  • Trustworthy.

If you find yourself in a world of uncertainty when it comes to employment opportunities, or you are not sure where your career is headed – contact us at Majer. We would love to help you embark on your next accomplishment.

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