Q & A with Jane King — Gold Industry Group



What’s your present position and focus at The Perth Mint?

As Performing CEO my focus is to maintain the enterprise working whereas seeing the enterprise and our individuals by means of this troublesome COVID interval. Our precedence is to guard our employees from the unfold of COVID. Equally so, if that did occur we’ve got plans in place in order that we will hold serving the mining neighborhood as we offer a necessary service to their companies.

How lengthy have you ever been with the organisation?

I’ve been with The Perth Mint for 7.5 years. Initially, I assumed I’d be right here for 18 months to 2 years however I’ve discovered it to be a captivating enterprise that presents one skilled problem after one other. I’m nonetheless excited by The Perth Mint and need to be a part of its success.

Inform us about your profession up to now?

My background is customer support, nonetheless, I spent a short while with Rio Tinto in Dampier on the port, in addition to two years as an HR Superintendent onsite at Fortescue Metals Group’s Cloudbreak. Along with studying some fairly vibrant language, understanding provisions for the lifetime of mine had been actually rewarding. All the pieces that we touched had to return to the way it was earlier than, so I just like the respect for the land that we had been mining. There are methods you will be respectful to the setting, natural world. As soon as the mining side was faraway from the pit we had been backfilling and placing it again to the way it was. The location additionally held a variety of respect for the primary nations individuals. Though I’ve a Masters in Employment Relations – Security, HR and IR, engaged on an enormous mine website actually honed my security focus.

What are your objectives in your time because the Performing CEO?

Taking care of our individuals, holding our individuals bodily and mentally secure, particularly throughout these COVID occasions. I’m cognisant of individuals’s psychological wellbeing all through this course of and completely different individuals deal with conditions in a different way. Encouraging our leaders to be understanding and placing methods in place for people who find themselves struggling or residing alone. Supporting them to proceed residing their lives as regular as doable as we take care of COVID.

What sort of alternatives does The Perth Mint provide girls?

The Perth Mint affords girls a possibility to have equal alternatives to males. Any females who come to The Perth Mint can obtain something they need to do. There is no such thing as a bias for girls in non-traditional roles. We now have a just about 50/50 cut up between women and men and a variety of girls in senior management roles. We hope that might proceed to develop.

What sort of alternatives can younger girls anticipate finding at each The Perth Mint and inside the gold/valuable metals business extra broadly?

We search to not solely encourage females to use for roles but additionally make roles extra enticing so all our employees – males included – can stability work with their household lives. For example, paternity go away acknowledges the daddy’s position but additionally provides the mom a possibility to return to her profession.

How does The Perth Mint have interaction with Indigenous communities?

We now have an enormous program to teach our individuals on cultural consciousness and have included First Nations individuals’s tales in our Exhibition tour. Within the tour, we speak about how Aboriginal households helped the gold business get began. We’re additionally dedicated to increasing our provide chain to make use of extra Indigenous companies and work with teams just like the Waalitj Basis to encourage candidates to use for positions throughout our enterprise.

Is The Perth Mint an equal alternative employer for individuals with a incapacity and from culturally numerous backgrounds?

Our enterprise is enormously numerous, you stroll by means of the completely different elements of the enterprise and also you see individuals from world wide. One factor a variety of companies have proper is that you simply don’t discriminate, however the subsequent step is to make a office inclusive, the place individuals can convey their entire selves to work and never really feel like they’ve to slot in with anybody group. Our staff of all backgrounds are made welcome, celebrated and included.

With our heritage buildings, we’ve got some challenges round entry, however that mentioned we’ve got lots of people who’ve declared a incapacity and we’ve got made modifications to buildings that we will inside heritage pointers.

I feel it additionally says so much that all of us have employees with non-visible disabilities which have felt comfy to declare to us and we work to make them really feel welcome and included.

Inform us about The Perth Mint’s sustainability focus?

We do all the issues a variety of organisations do from small to large. Recycling is only one very small factor within the nice scheme nevertheless it focuses individuals’s minds and reminds them of different issues they’ll do to be sustainable. Different examples are switching to energy-efficient lights, we’re near getting solar energy, holding water utilization to a minimal and being cautious with waste disposal.

Within the final 12 months, we’ve got seen The Perth Mint transfer from creating to superior on the sustainability maturity scale and we proceed to embed sustainability into our day-to-day operations.

What would you wish to see The Perth Mint obtain within the subsequent 12 months to 5 years?

I wish to see the enterprise nonetheless thriving, I would love tourism to return to the customer ranges that we had been at pre-COVID, with extra individuals from all around the world coming to get pleasure from our constructing and showcase our merchandise. I would love our coin packages to proceed to be of curiosity and the innovation that’s proven in there proceed so increasingly more individuals accumulate gold and silver items. I would love guests to really feel secure and cozy coming right here and guests and prospects perceive that we’re a sustainable enterprise.

I’d additionally like our mining shoppers to nonetheless really feel that they get good worth and that we’re conducting a enterprise that has an eye fixed on the long run.

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