Meet Anna Siountris, all-rounder and all round superstar Operations Supervisor for Cleanaway’s Industrial Services team in St Marys, NSW.
Anna started with Cleanaway in 2018 as part of the Toxfree acquisition, but her career in industrial services and waste management started in 2013 as a junior receptionist. Over the past eight years she has worked for multiple companies in the industry in various roles including administrator, weighbridge operator, allocator and customer service manager.
“No two days are ever the same.” Anna said of her role at Cleanaway. “The tasks I complete range from ordering PPE, site compliance with the St Marys Liquids Waste Service team, vehicle registrations, customer service, contract management, assisting with onsite shutdown activities and assisting the operation team and Branch Manager with project work.”
Anna developed her strong work ethic in her teens when she took on her first job was at Coles, where she worked for 13 years. She worked in every department from check-out to night fill and fruit and veg. During her time at Coles, she simultaneously held jobs in payroll, administration, and even dental nursing.
“When I started my full-time receptionist role in the waste management industry, I continued to work for Coles for five years working nights and weekends.” said Anna. “Finally, I left Coles as my career was progressing rapidly with Toxfree.”
“My favourite part about working in industrial services at Cleanaway is the variety of tasks and the people,” said Anna. “I’m always challenged, and I enjoy dealing with new people and their different personalities. Everyone has different strengths that they bring to the table that helps get the work done and go home safely.”
“I’m so proud to work with other strong women at Cleanaway in a predominantly male-dominated industry.” Anna would love to see more women doing High Pressure Water Jetting (HPWJ) work. “It’s not for everyone, but if you like to be physically and mentally challenged then this is the place to be.”
“I believe by providing team building exercises and training workshops to new and current employees we can achieve greater equality in the workplace. I also think it’s important that we’re provided with constructive feedback and recognition. A simple acknowledgement goes a long way – it’s how we develop as people and progress in our careers,”
To women looking to join the waste management industry Anna’s advice is “be yourself, have a good work ethic and doors will open for you.”
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