From the Royal Australian Navy to Cleanaway: Meet Rob Vincent

Learn about Rob Vincent’s role in our IWS team and why he considers himself to be one of the ‘lucky people’.

Our People

September 30, 2020

Highlights

These skills I learnt whilst in the RAN have been instrumental during my time with Cleanaway and have allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge with my co-workers.

Highlights

These skills I learnt whilst in the RAN have been instrumental during my time with Cleanaway and have allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge with my co-workers.

Industrial and Waste Services (IWS) Account Manager Robert Vincent’s career with Cleanaway began after serving 14 years in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Rob was deployed operationally overseas several times and served on numerous ships and in shore-based establishments around Australia before discharging and settling in WA.

Following his time in the RAN, Rob joined Cleanaway as a temporary labour hire operator. “I wanted a new challenge in a new industry. I was also keen to work with a company that valued its employees as much as the defence force and one that also gives back to the community. It was my luck that Cleanaway was hiring at the time. I’m glad to still be here six years on.” said Rob on what guided his decision.

Rob quickly settled into his role and built lasting relationships with his teammates, “My first day at work was interesting to say the least, in a positive way of course. It reminded me of my first day at recruit school where the people, environment and job were all new and you didn’t know what to expect. I was pretty lucky to have a good, positive team around who helped me settle in, most of whom are still with Cleanaway to this day. This is a real testament to Cleanaway and the value we place on our people.”

By the end of 2014, Rob was in a full time corporate Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) role as advisor to Perth Metro branches. Rob then took on a branch manager role for Perth Metro, followed by the branch manager role at Alcoa Kwinana.

“In the RAN you learn very quickly the value and importance of time management, discipline, punctuality and how to prioritise tasks. These skills have been instrumental during my time with Cleanaway and have allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge with my co-workers. It’s been particularly useful when planning for succession and developing our future leaders. I find it really rewarding to see our team grow and develop.” said Rob when reflecting on his move to a leadership role.

Rob recently took the opportunity to move up within our IWS business. With his wealth of knowledge and experience gained over the last six years, there is no doubt that he will be able to hit the ground running.

“Working with the IWS team has been a highlight for me and has really made my Cleanaway journey memorable. I have recently taken on a new challenge within Cleanaway transitioning from being a branch manager to a key position within the projects and contracts division. My new role gives me the opportunity to work with customers whilst also continuing to work with the sites and the people that I have been involved with over the years. I am one of the lucky people that can say they look forward to going to work each day.” said Rob.

Congratulations Rob, we look forward to many more years together.

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