Country Manager, Pacific Brands Underwear Group New Zealand
Since joining Pacific Brands more than 13 years ago, Andrew has paved an exciting career path that has seen him move across many different brands, operating groups and countries. He’s seen and done it all, having held numerous senior-level roles with popular brands in Sydney, Melbourne and most recently, New Zealand.
Can you tell us a little about your journey with Pacific Brands?
It started in 2001 when I applied for a State Management role with the operating group previously known as Dunlop Sports Group in Melbourne. Not long after, I was given the opportunity to transfer to the Sydney head office to as the Group’s National Sales Manager, and afterwards relocated back to become a Divisional Manager for Slazenger Apparel.
18 months later I started my career with what is now known as the Pacific Brands Underwear Group (PBUG), which has led me to opportunities to become a Business Manager and then a National Sales Manager. Most recently I was promoted to the Country Manager position for PBUG in New Zealand, where I focus on managing various business operations and building market share for Jockey as well as Bonds.
How did you navigate your way into each of the roles you have had?
Work hard, and speak up! The opportunities will appear, but at times not always what you want or when you want – but they’re there. The most important thing is to take them when you can, each of them will help you to achieve your end goal.
How did you know that you were ready for your current role?
As PBUG formed about three years ago I felt like I had lost my way, but since then I’ve regained my mojo. A lot of this is due to some great professional development sessions and ongoing support from the HR General Manager and PBUG General Manager. All of the mentors that I’ve had during my time here have been so valuable and influential. As part of my development, I was given detailed 360-degree feedback and a one-on-one coaching session with a career psychologist. Now I’m in a really good place. I really enjoy my role, the brands and product. I’m passionate about what I do.
What do you think it takes to grow a career with Pacific Brands?
It’s a big business that has lots of moving parts. I think respecting the people that are in this business, their knowledge and the role that they play has helped me in my role. There is some amazing talent and an incredible depth of knowledge here. Don’t pretend that you know everything and remember that it’s okay to ask questions. I also think it’s important to be genuine and know who you are, and to have goals, but to be flexible and open to change as the business evolves.