Tanya Rybarczyk is the Common Supervisor, CSBP Fertilisers, a part of the Wesfarmers Group. Tanya has over 25 years’ expertise throughout a variety of industries together with retail, chemical compounds, transport, mining and sources and has a powerful background in finance, mergers and acquisitions, personal fairness, accounting and investor relations. Tanya graduated from the Signature Management Program in 2009.

The very first thing we requested Tanya was to outline her management model.

“It’s at all times exhausting to reply that query, as a result of it’s from another person’s perspective, however I at all times attempt to be an genuine chief. What I imply by that’s being sincere with your self and with others about who you’re, what you stand for, your strengths but in addition your gaps.”

“It’s crucial to me to be true to who I’m after I’m coping with individuals, and being genuine was a key studying for me throughout my time within the Signature Management Program. Who’s obtained time to be anybody apart from themselves?”

“I’m additionally very collaborative. I like to advertise sharing and difficult concepts and to deliver collectively a range of views to make higher selections.”

“I see my function as supporting the individuals round me. In the event that they’ve obtained good concepts that are in keeping with our imaginative and prescient, methods, and values, then I assist them to develop these concepts.”

However Tanya needed to adapt to her management model as she climbed the company ladder.

“I’m analytical by nature, so within the early days I used to be all in regards to the numbers, the method, the element. I’ve needed to be taught to step again and be far more strategic.”

“I nonetheless really feel the necessity to have a degree of understanding of the element, so I dive into one thing till I’m comfy with the small print, after which I come again up and give it some thought strategically.”

“However you simply can’t afford to be within the element on a regular basis, so I make sure that I’ve obtained actually good individuals round me after which empower them to take accountability of their space of duty.”

This high-level strategic considering has come in useful for Tanya over her profession.

“I’ve had six roles at Wesfarmers over 18 years, and every one among them has been an actual change of tempo. None of these roles have been a logical development from the job I used to be doing however quite leveraged my attributes and abilities. For instance, my earlier function was as Chief Monetary Officer of Wesfarmers Chemical compounds, Vitality & Fertiliser (WesCEF) however I’m now main a fertiliser enterprise but I don’t have an agricultural background.”

“Gaining the belief of individuals and the credibility with out that apparent business expertise has at all times been a problem.”

Coming into the function at CSBP, the very first thing Tanya did was get to know individuals within the enterprise, from group members to clients to suppliers.

“I needed to grasp their concepts, the place they noticed our challenges and alternatives, and actually attempt to be taught as a lot in regards to the enterprise as attainable. I used to be very upfront and sincere about the truth that I didn’t include all of this data. Everybody responded positively to that honesty.”

“These discussions shaped the inspiration of a refresh of our enterprise strategic course.  I labored with my management group to develop an thrilling new imaginative and prescient for the enterprise together with key strategic aims to drive us ahead, underpinned by an up to date set of values.  This has been a very vital step for everybody within the enterprise to align their efforts to assist obtain our aims.” 

One in all Tanya’s proudest moments at Wesfarmers was the job-sharing association of her function as Chief Monetary Officer at WesCEF.

“Throughout my eight-year time period as CFO, I went on maternity go away twice. My boss on the time, Tom O’Leary, inspired me to return to work in the identical function however in a job share capability, which was wonderful.  When my present boss, Ian Hansen, took the helm he was additionally very supportive.”

“I used to be one among three girls who rotated by way of the function as job-share companions over a 4 12 months interval and between us we had six kids.  I feel we proved that not solely was it attainable to do, however it was truly extremely profitable and fulfilling from each knowledgeable and private perspective.”

The job-sharing acted as a proof of idea for the enterprise. Removed from being a compromise, Tanya’s bosses felt the function was improved.

“They have been successfully getting two brains for the value of 1. Any type of problem or state of affairs was met with two individuals’s views, which led to raised resolution making.  It was range in motion.”

Having accomplished Management WA’s Signature Management Program ten years in the past, Tanya nonetheless remembers it being a very optimistic expertise.

“I actually beloved its distinctive construction and the members developed genuinely sturdy relationships. Each different course I’ve been on has an alumni community, however it simply doesn’t evaluate to the Management WA Alumni.”

“We lean on one another on a regular basis if we’re seeking to that subsequent transfer or need some recommendation about profession improvement, work or private challenges, or any of these type of issues. It’s a very trusted atmosphere. It’s been extremely helpful since I did this system.”

The Program additionally gave Tanya expertise into sectors she had by no means labored in. 

“I had at all times labored within the for-profit company sector, so the Signature Program uncovered me to authorities companies, not-for-profits, and social causes. It broadened my understanding of Western Australia and our challenges.”

As an Alumna, Tanya additionally volunteered with a not-for-profit by way of Management WA’s Skillsbank initiative. She joined the advisory council for the Huge Brothers Huge Sisters Australia, which is a part of the world’s largest volunteer-supported mentoring community, matching younger individuals aged between seven to 17 with optimistic grownup function fashions.

“I wouldn’t have in any other case seen these alternatives or focused these alternatives, and it’s been nice.”

After volunteering for Huge Brothers Huge Sisters, Tanya went on to be concerned with Neighborhood West. However removed from being simply an train in giving again to the neighborhood, Tanya’s involvement with not-for-profits has helped her in her company function.

“I’ve learnt lots about technique improvement. Not-for-profits like Huge Brothers Huge Sisters are grass roots organisations that actually must evolve their methods. Being concerned in that course of has been one thing I’ve introduced specifically to this function at CSBP Fertilisers.” 

As a ultimate query, we requested Tanya to inform us three issues she would change about how Western Australia is led.

“WA is an remoted place on this planet, which is a optimistic, however I feel it’s one among our challenges as nicely.  We run the danger of being too parochial, too inward trying and never uncovered sufficient to what’s happening globally. Take a look at New Zealand. New Zealand is a small remoted nation, however it’s so progressive. It punches above its weight.”

“We additionally must diversify our financial system and, though we’re blessed with unbelievable mining and agricultural property, we can’t afford to  be so reliant on them as a result of they’re each cyclical and seasonal industries.”

“My third level is about profiting from what we’ve obtained and including worth wherever attainable.”

Tanya factors to developments in agricultural expertise at CSBP which is able to allow improved resolution making for growers.

“Expertise is one thing that may be exported as a service or as a instrument together with product.”

“If we will’t diversify throughout industries, then diversify inside the business. We should always leverage extra of the worth chain for the WA financial system.”

Purposes at the moment are open for Management WA’s Signature and Rising Management Applications.