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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Tanille Carruthers


Administration Manager


HSC – did start two degrees, however, determined I didn’t want to go down these paths. The first was Bachelor Veterinary Science when I first left school and the second was Bachelor of Financial Administration. Besides the few units I completed in the Bachelor of Financial Accounting, all of my experience and skills come from on-the-job training.

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Can you tell us how you ended up in your current role?
I have worked for Transpacific Industries since January 2008, in various roles, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial accounting and general administration.

How long have you been in your current role?
Officially start on Tuesday, 3 June 2013

What does your job involve?
Overseeing all administration staff at Rutherford and Kooragang Island Offices. P&L review and reporting.

What role has training and up-skilling played in you getting your current job?
It played the integral part as the experience I have from on-the-job training means I have a stronger insight into what this role requires (I have filled most of the roles that this position is responsible for). This made me a strong candidate for this specific position.

What do you love about your job?
What I will love about this role, as has been with all of the other manager roles I have held prior to working for Transpacific Industries, is systems. Determining what is required of each role and along with the staff implementing efficient systems to ensure day to day running of the office is smooth and effective.

What attributes do you think best suit this type of work?
TRUE LEADERSHIP skills, while you may not always know the answer, being confident in finding the answers and implementing them. Having gained the respect from your employees to ensure that everyone has a vested interest in working towards the common goal.

What advice would you give someone looking to work in the industry?
The advice would be to have a CAN DO attitude. If I’m asked to complete a task where I do not know the process (and neither does person giving me the task). I am RESOURCEFUL. I determine the end product and research the requirements to reach this. This helps make you RELIABLE. It has meant that I have been able to GAIN EXPERIENCE that may not generally be available in the official role that I fill. Decide the role you want to hold and carry yourself in that manner, just because you do one role doesn’t mean you have to only behave to meet the requirements of that role. For the majority of my jobs, especially where I have changed industries, I have worked my way up from the entry roles and for this last role was asked to apply.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Career wise, I would like to continue to develop myself where possible and continue to fill roles with greater responsibility. Complete a number of courses to formally support my roles. However, I do see a family on the horizon in the next 5 years. This will become a priority and if I can balance the two I will still progress in my career.