JAS-ANZ Staff Share What it’s Like to Work at the Forefront of Industry Accreditation
As consumers, we often don’t know much about the organisations that work tirelessly behind the scenes to help ensure the safety, quality and integrity of the products and services we buy.
One company that exists for this purpose is the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (or JAS-ANZ).
JAS-ANZ provides independent accreditation of professional industry bodies that have devised their own accreditation schemes within their sector. Operating across Australia and New Zealand and recognised on the global stage, JAS-ANZ helps ensure that the standards of excellence being set by industry bodies are designed and managed to the highest standard.
With a number of significant roles on offer, we chatted to Kim, Melinda and Hannah from JAS-ANZ who shared what their roles entail, why they applied to work at JAS-ANZ, and what they’ve found since joining the organisation.
“This is a great place to come when you have industry or public sector experience and want to take the next step in your career. It gives you the ultimate viewpoint across industry and regulation, and you’re making a difference every day to industry operators and the consumers who buy the goods and services”
What is your role at JAS-ANZ?
Kim: I am a Sector Manager in our Canberra office, and responsible for schemes we accredit within the food and biological sectors. I engage with Scheme Owners with the ongoing management and development of the scheme, and conduct assessments of professional bodies which JAS-ANZ accredits to these schemes.
Melinda: I’m the Learning and Development Manager, based in our Canberra office. I work across the organisation providing training for our staff and around 150 contractors who support us with auditing and other capabilities.
Hannah: I am based in Wellington in the Accreditation Services Administration team. We work on the frontline with clients, staff and contractors – liaising, scheduling assessments, managing contract assessors, and more.
What was your background prior to joining JAS-ANZ?
Kim: Before JAS-ANZ I worked with the Department of Industry on their de-regulation initiative, and before that I was the Director of Strategic Policy and Partnerships for the NSW Food Authority. Prior to that I was the Chief Scientific Office for Food Industry Asia, representing the food industry in ASEAN.
I have a broad experience working in industry and government on food regulations and food safety, and how companies develop and bring food products to market.
I have spent a long time working in industry and government in food regulations and food safety, and how companies develop and bring food products to market.
Melinda: I’m a qualified accountant and have extensive experience in business management and training. I worked in the public service and directly prior to JAS-ANZ had my own business in contract training and development, and business consulting.
Hannah: I was in the education sector, in teaching and professional development.
“I love the complex environment we operate in. Here, you can never know everything so you’re learning every single day. For me, getting along with the people I work with is important and the culture here is really nice.”
And why did you make the move to JAS-ANZ?
Kim: JAS-ANZ plays a pivotal role in ensuring trust and confidence in products and services within the marketplace. It was attractive to me because it is relatively small, so you get to work closely with people while having a big impact. Because we engage internationally, there is an opportunity to meet and learn from peers who have deep expertise in their field on a global scale.
Auditing is also really dynamic and a great way to apply and strengthen my knowledge gained from the public and private sectors.
Melinda: I was attracted to the flexibility of the role and the exciting large-scale global projects I could get involved in. From the moment I met the team I was drawn to the culture too, and felt it was the right fit for me.
Hannah: I love organising and was looking for a position where I could use those skills and my background. I learned that JAS-ANZ worked with organisations in South Korea so I thought I could contribute to liaise with them as well.
Kim: My role has it all – it is people, skills and technical rolled into one. There is a lot of engagement with industry which means I deal with a wide variety of stakeholders in the food industry: from farmers to manufacturers to major retailers.
We also engage with regulators from the public sector so you get to experience the full circle across industry in Australia and New Zealand, and also internationally.
Melinda: I love the complex environment we operate in. Here, you can never know everything so you’re learning every single day. For me, getting along with the people I work with is important and the culture here is really nice.
There are also huge training and development opportunities – both via our online learning system and day to day while working with, and being mentored by, people who have so much experience in their field.
Hannah: It’s very casual and friendly. We have a small team here in NZ, and everyone knows each other and helps each other. We also work closely with the ACT team and are all very supportive of one another; it’s not hierarchical.
There’s induction training to get a feel for how JAS-ANZ works and learn position-specific duties, and I find every single day I learn something new just in doing my job.
Kim: This is a great place to come when you have industry or public sector experience and want to take the next step in your career. It gives you the ultimate viewpoint across industry and regulation, and you’re making a difference every day to industry operators and the consumers who buy the goods and services.
Be open to constant learning and exciting challenges – the industry is forever changing which means the benchmarks for excellence and our work is always evolving too.
Melinda: You can come from all different backgrounds and gain so much from working at JAS-ANZ. No matter how much expertise you have, learning is a key part of the job because everyone is applying their knowledge in such a unique environment.
Having been here more than 2 years, I would normally be looking for my next challenge by now. But here I haven’t got that feeling at all. There are so many more exciting projects in front of us, and the opportunities are there for you to make the role your own while knowing you are making a difference through the work that you do.
Hannah: You need to have strong attention to detail but still be flexible and able to look at the big picture and how it flows from beginning to end. We have a standardised way of doing things, but each client and situation is different. So you need to be versatile and dynamic, enjoy working in a team, and be comfortable asking questions.
JAS-ANZ currently have opportunities to join their team. For more information on each role please check out the job adverts below. Alternatively you can reach out to our team for a confidential discussion.