MEET OUR TEAM

ALYSSA MCCOIST

The day I started at Orrcon I was overwhelmed with emotions; nerves, excitement, curiosity, hope, just to name a few. I was 17 years old and was about to start my first real job in a male dominated warehouse doing something completely different to anything I had done before. I guess the recruiting team saw something in me and decided to give me a go; I haven’t missed a beat since!

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ALYSSA MCCOIST

The day I started at Orrcon I was overwhelmed with emotions; nerves, excitement, curiosity, hope, just to name a few. I was 17 years old and was about to start my first real job in a male dominated warehouse doing something completely different to anything I had done before. I guess the recruiting team saw something in me and decided to give me a go; I haven’t missed a beat since!

My first day went really well and I can honestly say that the team were very friendly and welcoming. I have felt included and a part of the team since the beginning.

With a supportive team and a very thorough hands-on training program, I am now very confident with what I do and I picked up all the tasks required for the job easily, including driving an overhead crane! I have received amazing feedback along the way which has helped me and inspired me to continue learning. I enjoy working here and I am excited for the future and what it might hold.

I may only be young, but I have big plans for my future at Orrcon. I wish to grow and build on my skills within the company and hopefully one day I will be able to work and see the world.

RICKY ROCHFORD

My career in the steel industry started in 2006 as a Sales Estimator for Smorgon Steel Distribution, who was at the time heavily into Reinforcing. I soon migrated into general sales with BlueScope, taking on the Smorgon Distribution business. BlueScope Distribution was then born and a relocation to a purpose built site was the start of an exciting era. I spent the majority of this time as an Account Manager servicing the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions.

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RICKY ROCHFORD

My career in the steel industry started in 2006 as a Sales Estimator for Smorgon Steel Distribution, who was at the time heavily into Reinforcing. I soon migrated into general sales with BlueScope, taking on the Smorgon Distribution business. BlueScope Distribution was then born and a relocation to a purpose built site was the start of an exciting era. I spent the majority of this time as an Account Manager servicing the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions.

I have been lucky enough to visit many of the regional QLD branches as market and sales support during this time. I have thoroughly enjoyed these visits, seeing new places and getting to know the people.

I was promoted into the Branch Manager role for Bundaberg Metalcorp in 2016 under the Orrcon Steel business unit. This is proving to be a challenging and rewarding role with solid business support to grow my skills and capabilities and that of our team. As a team we thrive to work with the evolving markets we supply, offering high levels of customer experience in a safe environment.

MATT EMMETT

From an early age Queensland Metalcorp Rural Manager Matt Emmett always had a passion for working on the land.
“I was born in Brisbane, but through friends and family I was exposed to life on rural properties at an early age,” Matt said.

After completing his Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Pastoral Production, Matt had several jobs on rural properties throughout western Queensland and northern New South Wales.

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MATT EMMETT

From an early age Queensland Metalcorp Rural Manager Matt Emmett always had a passion for working on the land.

“I was born in Brisbane, but through friends and family I was exposed to life on rural properties at an early age,” Matt said.

After completing his Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Pastoral Production, Matt had several jobs on rural properties throughout western Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“I started work as a Jackeroo on a predominately Merino Wool operation, with a small Hereford cattle herd in the Cunnamulla District. After working there for a couple of years I got offered a job around Weilmoringle as an Overseer. This was another family company who ran Merinos and Santa cattle over four properties with frontage on both sides of the Culgoa River. From there I moved back to QLD to the Adavale District to work on a mixed Brahman cross cattle and Merino wool enterprise consisting of seven properties east of the Bulloo River, skirting both sides of the Blackwater.” he said.

After 10 years working on rural properties, Matthew moved back to Brisbane to work within the maritime industry through his families long standing company, but as his children grew up there was still a desire to get back to country life.

“After living in Brisbane for a while I started to get itchy feet. Looking to broaden my opportunities, I completed a Science Degree through the University of New England, but it was when visiting the Armidale Campus, I realised I wanted to get to the bush in some form.”

It was perfect timing when the opportunity as Queensland’s Rural Manager at Metalcorp opened.

It is Matt’s life experiences that has given him a good understanding of rural products and systems, which is vital to his role at Metalcorp.

“All of the Metalcorp products types I have used over the years in an operational capacity. I’ve used Cattle Crushes, worked in permanent and portable yards, lined up to mark 400 calves or catch 1000 lambs in a day, loaded and unloaded many trucks and done a million miles on a motorbike and driven my fair share of steel posts. I’ve handled 1000’s of head of cattle and 10,000’s head of sheep over the years. I always enjoyed it and still do even though I don’t move as quick as I used to!” he said with a grin on his face.

It’s this experience with livestock handling equipment, which enables Matt to understand the customer’s needs.

“With my experience, I usually have a good understanding of what the customer is trying to achieve. I am also constantly thinking of ways to improve our products, develop new ones and maybe even reintroduce some tweaked older designs to fill the gaps in the product range. My end goal is to offer a comprehensive range to suit multiple livestock industries and offer quality Australian Made products built from Australian Steel.”

As the rural manager of QLD, Matt travels 60,000 kilometres in a year working within the business making sure that Metalcorp continues to meet customer’s needs now and into the future.

If you see Matt out and about, or at one of the many field days he attends throughout QLD, be sure to say g’day.

LESLEY BOURNE

I joined the Orrcon Steel team as a Supply Chain Analyst in early 2016 and this has been my first foray into working in the steel industry and in a manufacturing focussed business. Any initial nervousness I may have had about the steep learning curve I was about to go on was completely cast aside as the people within the business were more than happy to share their often-extensive knowledge and help me find my way amongst the galvanising and gauges.

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LESLEY BOURNE

I joined the Orrcon Steel team as a Supply Chain Analyst in early 2016 and this has been my first foray into working in the steel industry and in a manufacturing focussed business. Any initial nervousness I may have had about the steep learning curve I was about to go on was completely cast aside as the people within the business were more than happy to share their often-extensive knowledge and help me find my way amongst the galvanising and gauges.

As my role sees me working with different levels of the business, one of my favourite questions when I meet someone new is “how long have you been with the business?”. When you hear some of the significant milestones for years spent with the company (10, 20, 40!), it is really encouraging as it means the working environment, systems and culture have kept people here; people have forged long, successful careers and continued to have opportunities and challenges within the business that have kept them coming back each day.

What keeps me coming back each day is the people around me. My manager ensures I feel valued and supported, the people I work alongside day-to-day share our wins and our losses as a team working toward the same goals, and we know the direction the business is going in to be able to align ourselves accordingly. There are opportunities for me to continue to develop here so I am looking forward to seeing what comes next here at Orrcon.

AMANDA FRANCIS

I am an Account Manager of Projects at Orrcon Steel.

My key focus is to understand the major projects in the State of Victoria so Orrcon can maximise opportunities.

My background has been sales and relationship management in Logistics and the Oil & Gas industries.

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AMANDA FRANCIS

I am an Account Manager of Projects at Orrcon Steel.

My key focus is to understand the major projects in the State of Victoria so Orrcon can maximise opportunities.

My background has been sales and relationship management in Logistics and the Oil & Gas industries.

When I started with Orrcon Steel 7 months ago the Steel and Building industries were quite new to me.

I feel I have had the support from managers and colleagues to allow me to grow within the industry.

The upper management here have been impressive in their approachability and encouragement to make decisions.

I consider myself very lucky to have found myself with such a strong Australian brand and even more so to be at a company of such delightful and dedicated people.

It’s a great company to work for where your voice is heard. There’s also a lot of growth opportunities if you are driven and determined to succeed.

The strong focus on continuous improvement provide a number of exciting opportunities to help shape the future of Orrcon which I am looking forward to being a part of.

CHAMATH DISSANAYAKE

ආයුබෝවන් (āyubōvan) : Salutation wishing the recipient a long life in Sinhalese, typically as a greeting or a goodbye. I was born in Colombo Sri Lanka, and moved to Australia in 2003. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering, I became a cadet within the steel industry in my third year of university (perhaps I was destined like many in this industry to always have iron ore running through my veins).

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CHAMATH DISSANAYAKE

ආයුබෝවන් (āyubōvan) : Salutation wishing the recipient a long life in Sinhalese, typically as a greeting or a goodbye. I was born in Colombo Sri Lanka, and moved to Australia in 2003. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering, I became a cadet within the steel industry in my third year of university (perhaps I was destined like many in this industry to always have iron ore running through my veins).

In 2008 I joined BlueScope, initially as an Estimator, and have had the opportunity to complete many training courses within the business, one of my highlights being the Leader Essentials program.

BlueScope sponsored me to become a permanent resident and I later became a citizen of this great country. I joined the Orrcon Steel business unit in 2015.

At the Orrcon Steel Brisbane distribution centre, I provide solutions for steelwork projects, schedule all of the processing equipment at the site, manage capacity and DIFOT targets, program the beam line, which we now call the RHS/SHS line, and of course support our frontline sales team out in the market, meeting our customers face to face and making sure we understand their needs.

As you can probably tell from reading my story, I have always been fully supported by BlueScope and now Orrcon, and I feel very lucky to have kicked off my career in a company that sees the value in developing me. The business is constantly evolving and I find myself constantly learning and being challenged in my role.

Today I continue to support our customers and my team mates across the state and develop myself through study of a Diploma in Building and Construction.

DANA PERKOVIC

I have spent the last 6 years building a career in the management field and whilst I have worked for some pretty big companies I can honestly say that there has never been an environment quite like this one. All companies reflect similar messages relating to safety, diversity and inclusion and how much people matter. It is another story seeing these philosophies in practice.

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DANA PERKOVIC

I have spent the last 6 years building a career in the management field and whilst I have worked for some pretty big companies I can honestly say that there has never been an environment quite like this one. All companies reflect similar messages relating to safety, diversity and inclusion and how much people matter. It is another story seeing these philosophies in practice.

Our policies are similar to everyone else’s however where this differs for us is we walk the walk not just talk the talk. Our people really do matter. I have in my short time at Orrcon seen acts which reflect strong safety beliefs based on keeping you safe. The ZIP program and PB5 concept is the best safety program I have seen. I have also witnessed levels of compassion not usually seen in large organisational structures.

There is an old saying that states “where ever the head of a fish goes the body is sure to follow”.

TROY WARREN

I am a Customer Service Team Leader at Orrcon Steel.

My background is in managing high performance teams, previously in member services and insurance industry.

Since beginning my employment at Orrcon 7 months ago, I have found the support and management structure to be approachable and highly supportive.

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TROY WARREN

I am a Customer Service Team Leader at Orrcon Steel.

My background is in managing high performance teams, previously in member services and insurance industry.

Since beginning my employment at Orrcon 7 months ago, I have found the support and management structure to be approachable and highly supportive.

I find my role both diverse and challenging, meeting and exceeding customer expectations, driving sales performance through engaging sales teams and communicating through our operations workforce, to always ensure our service delivery to our customers is first class.

I see a bright and successful future with Orrcon Steel, that will be both progressive and challenging, whilst always enjoying the workplace and it’s great people.