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We took five with our procurement manager, Anita Cunningham…

She loves to drive a hard bargain, and hates a full inbox….. read more here!!

What is the most enjoyable part of your job at Tasbuilt Homes?

Most enjoyable part of my job is receiving quotes under my budgeted allowance, its very satisfying!

What does a typical day in the procurement office look like?

My day in the ‘procurement office’ usually begins at 6:30am and finishes at 5:00pm. Its usually buzzing with people every moment, from suppliers, to production guys to delivery drivers! My desk can have a lot of paper work on it at times like plans, quotes and invoices, but I promise its always clean before I leave!

Tasbuilt is a family business… tell us one positive and one negative that goes along typically with this business model?

Positive – its great being able to see that as a family we have been able to work together and create a successful business.

Negative – although its great working with each other all day, Tasbuilt usually comes home with us at night and almost every tea time its brought up for conversation.

What is the greatest change you’ve brought to Tasbuilt’s processes that you are most proud of, and why?

Sign offs are a big thing at Tasbuilt. With the help of my assistant, I brought in a checklist to be completed before we hand our houses over to our clients which has proven to be very successful. I am proud of this because it means our clients know that the house is gone through in detail before we hand it over to them 😊

Where do you see Tasbuilt in 2 years’ time?

In 2 years’ time, Tasbuilt will be proving its mission of ‘creating the Australian family dream professionally and hassle free’ even more than we do now, by offering landscaping services as part of our package!

Buying smarter is your speciality, give two tips to someone new to the procurement game on how best to do this….

  1. Always email an order through, don’t ever order over the phone. It always helps to have record of an order!
  2. Organisation is key to being in procurement. You have to give your suppliers plenty of lead time so you can receive your orders on time.

And just for fun….. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

Firstly I would go insane because I HATE a full inbox! I think I would just answer the first 300 (whether they were urgent or not) and delete the rest..!


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