‘Man’ufacturing not just for men
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the Australian manufacturing industry contributes approximately $100 billion to Australian GDP annually and employs around 900,000 people, with one in four being women.
Here we speak to Jasmine Riddle, operations and strategic business manager with JRS Manufacturing who is leading the way in the exciting and rapidly evolving world of manufacturing.
Jasmine grew up in the sunny South-East of Queensland having spent her youth in Brisbane and on the beaches of Fraser, Stradbroke, Moreton, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in Queensland.
“It was such an amazing time to be growing up there and I reflect on this time with great happiness,” Jasmine says.
When she finished high school, Jasmine was relativity uninspired and for a while struggled with what to do with her career.
However she came alive when she was accepted into the Royal Australian Navy and from there, she says ‘life made sense’. The camaraderie, the excitement, the challenges… all bought out an edge in Jasmine she didn’t know she had.
After finishing her Navy service, Jasmine raised her four children and worked at JRS when it best suited her family. Jasmine and her husband continue to apply this to their business today.
What is your job title and can you give a little insight into what a day in the life of Jasmine Riddle looks like?
I am the Operations and Strategic Business Manager at JRS Manufacturing Group.
It’s ridiculously busy but I love the intensity and the ongoing need to be dynamic, flexible and capricious.
My day-to-day responsibilities vary depending on the landscape we are driving in. It’s critical to find a balance between the operational pull of the business and the work that needs to take place to identify opportunities and areas of volatility and uncertainty.
DEBUNK: In male-dominated industries such as manufacturing, there is a perception the type of work is hands on, factory work. You challenge that perception in your role; what opportunities are actually available in the industry?
I think if we look at manufacturing as a whole industry the opportunities to have a career, be challenged and create personal growth are limitless for women.
There are still hands on, factory roles but with the advancements taking place, those roles are evolving to incorporate the interface of robotics and technology. The facilities of these operations are bright, high tech, inspiring and vibrant workspaces.
Diversity in the workplace is important to business. Sitting at a table to solve a problem with a group of individuals who have had different experiences and methods of approach can be a game changer.
Who wouldn’t want that advantage?