IN FOR THE LONG HAUL
THE national average for time spent in a job is about three years, but Leonie Savill is bucking that trend in Forrestfield by celebrating 25 years with a supermarket chain.
Starting out in the produce department on her first day, her parttime job soon sprouted into a long career with Coles.
Ms Savill has managed the department at the Mundaring, High Wycombe, Kalamunda and Forrestfield stores.
She said over the years the company had reduced waste by introducing more quality controls.
A career highlight was at the Mundaring store in 2010.
“The store was awarded as the best fresh produce metropolitan supermarket at the WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards,” she said.
“It was great to be recognised for our efforts.”
She had also noticed change.
“When I first started in the produce department we used to handwrite every sign and price on little chalkboards,” she said.
“Now we use printers, which are wonderful and make our job easier and quicker.
“Every day is different and it’s never boring. The best part of my job is interacting with customers. It’s so rewarding to chat to the regulars, who I know by name.
“During the school holidays, it’s really nice meeting their grandkids.”
Now working parttime at the Forrestfield store, Ms Savill has enjoyed stepping back from management to enjoy her 12 grandchildren and more time in Bali, her second home.