Spotlight On: Courtney Ribbons, Supply Chain Manager

Courtney Ribbons is a respected member of our South Australian Supply Chain team and has worked for Pernod Ricard for 14 years, across a variety of roles. During her time with the company, Courtney has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and is also a CPA. As Supply Chain Manager for Australian Operations, Courtney manages warehousing, logistics and production planning. We sat down to find out more!

What do you enjoy about working for Pernod Ricard?

There are lots of things I love about working for Pernod (including the products!), but I think the main drawcard for me is the people – we have a unique and defining culture that translates all around the world.

Can you tell us about one (or a few) of the highlights from your career?

I loved being a part of the Pernod Ricard Leadership training program Mixers in 2018. To come together with 36 peers globally and be challenged, inspired and supported, as well as create great memories, was an amazing experience.

*One area that both men and women struggle with is balancing work life with personal, how do you achieve balance?

A few lesson’s I’ve learnt when trying to maintain balance are:

Don’t confuse balance with trying to fit as many things as possible into one day – it’s only going to lead to burnout in the long term. It’s more important to try and focus your energy on the things that really matter. I use this to try and avoid folding up washing!
Try to let go of the guilt that inevitably occurs when life and work are so closely integrated. You can’t do everything, and this means you will have to make choices that don’t make everyone happy – just do your best and be kind to yourself.
Look after yourself & recharge your batteries: take time out, go on holidays, spend time with your favourite people, exercise, read etc – it’s incredibly important and can be hard to prioritise
The last thing I would say is that I think the ‘perfect’ work/life balance for me is a myth – and if you spend too much time seeking it you forget to enjoy what you have now.

*If you had some advice for someone starting out their career with the company, what would it be?

Be authentic and true to yourself – anything else is unsustainable
Seek & give feedback freely. It’s one of the best ways to grow self-awareness
Try and learn your strengths - not just the things you are good at, but also things you love – and use them more and more every day

*Do you have any examples of how other people have helped you achieve better balance throughout your career?

My family and friends are a huge support for me every day. During 2017 I was able to take my long service leave and spend 3 months travelling around Australia with my husband and two children. An incredible experience which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the business, my manager and my team.

*What do you enjoy doing outside work?

As my colleagues know, I love to play field hockey. I’ve played over 300 senior games for the Nuriootpa Hockey Club and I don’t have plans to stop anytime soon.

I also love spending time travelling, whether that be a quick weekend away or 3 months off!

*What inspires you on a day-to-day basis?

The opportunities that my children will have in the future are exciting to me – and I’m inspired by their confidence to do anything, their curiosity, their bravery and their boundless energy.

*Do you have a message you’d like to share?

I love this quote from Danielle La-Porte – “You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

Apologise for mistakes. Apologise for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologise for being who you are.”

It’s a reminder to embrace your unique qualities - it’s what sets you apart.