Meet our procurement graduates

Meet some of our procurement graduates.

Olivia Coleman

Current placement: New Zealand Defence Force (Airforce)

There is no opportunity quite like the Procurement Graduate Programme. People are welcoming and the relationship between the grads is really strong. You essentially get to have four different jobs in two years!

From understanding how the Government Rules of Sourcing work to analysing and managing contracts, the hands-on experience I’ve received is fantastic. I’m developing a keen interest in supplier relationship management and e-procurement tools. 

Procurement Graduate Olivia Coleman learning Navy operations on an assignment with the team.

Katrina Ross

Current placement: Ministry of Education
Completed placements: ACC, New Zealand Defence Force (Defence Commercial Services)

I came on board the programme with some experience in sales and customer relationship management. This earlier work experience has helped me to quickly adjust to the dynamic nature of this programme. I love telling everyone I get to “shop like a pro” for work! (That’s short for procurer!)

The placements that I’ve been on have helped me identify my strengths and interests. I like working on continuous improvement initiatives and I find that there is a lot of room to add value in procurement. I can also reach out to my growing network of procurement professionals for advice.

Reagan Bourgeois

Current placement: New Zealand Health Partnerships
Completed placements: Auckland Transport, New Zealand Defence Force (Airforce)

The programme has helped me grow as a professional and hone the skills I have picked up  at University and other jobs. I’ve become better at implementing change and managing multiple project deadlines.

I like that I can work across a range of sectors and understand how good procurement can shape better commercial or social outcomes. I’m also working towards professional qualifications in procurement as part of the programme and will complete my Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) later this year.


Reagan Bourgeois (second from right) with her fellow Auckland-based graduates at the 2018 EY Procurement Excellence Awards. Graduates from left to right: Jacinta Talia’uli, Olivia Coleman, Vidushi Challapali and Sam Halpin.





Last updated: 21 June 2019