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I get most pride from doing a great job and resolving the challenges we face, knowing that I have supported the business in achieving its growth ambitions.
Alice Spink,Head of Network

No two days at Nestlé are the same for Alice Spink, who has been with the company for 17 years. As the Head of Network, she's responsible for looking after the Nestlé UK & Ireland third-party warehouse operations, making sure they deliver on behalf of Nestlé to our customers. She told us about her inspirations and what excites her about her role.

What excites you most about your role and working for Nestlé?

I love that no two days are the same, a cliché for sure, but I wake up every day not knowing quite what the next challenge on the horizon is. This is coupled with strategic thinking to make sure we lay down the correct plans for the Network to support the business growth ambition. I get the most pride from doing a great job and resolving the challenges we face, knowing that I have supported the business in achieving its growth ambitions.

What has been the best advice you've been given in your career? Do you have any top tips of your own for new starters?

You own your career. There will be plenty to help you along the way, but you alone are the one who directs your career, your ambition and where you want to go. And that isn't just about the role – for me it's more about how you want to be seen as a leader.

The theme for International Women's Day 2022 was #BreakTheBias. Have you faced any biases in your career and how have you handled them?

One particular role I was promoted into was the equivalent of another, however rather than report to the head of department I had to report to my equivalent. This made me feel inferior and not as capable of doing the job even though they had given me the opportunity. I was torn between being grateful for the opportunity and the feeling that I needed to work harder to prove myself. If this taught me anything, it is to treat everyone as equal and encourage all to do their best while being honest about capability.

Is there anyone that inspires you, either personally or professionally?

I draw my greatest inspiration from the world of sport. I don't have a particular individual that I would call out, but rather the dedication to continuous improvement and constantly moving forwards whilst reflecting on past successes and failures to shape the future.

I also draw inspiration from my brother who suffered from kidney failure at 19. He rarely complains about the impact on his day-to-day life while still getting on with everything.

What has been your proudest moment at Nestlé?

My proudest moment in Nestlé is being part of the project team delivering the East Midlands Gateway Distribution Centre