Equality Not a Thing in Your Office? Here’s 3 Better Job Options
Not only are there several things you can do to help your organisation work towards Gender Equality, there are a great many organisations who already are – and they’re hiring
When it comes to gender equality, the world has taken some steps forward, and some steps back. These steps forward include increasing the number of women, including the women of colour, around the world being appointed to public office. But just as there have been steps forward, there have been massive steps back, especially with the news from the World Economic Forum just recently that we are 132 years away from equal pay.
This might be depressing news and, as procurement leaders, feel like it’s something that is out of our control. However, it most certainly isn’t: there are several things you can do to help your organisation work towards gender equality.
It must be said, though, that some organisations are just simply more amenable towards change than others. And if you find yourself in the unfortunate position where you doubt your manager’s or your business’s ability to change, well, it is the Great Resignation after all, and it might just be time for a change.
What makes an organisation more attractive to women?
As women, there are a number of things that an organisation can – and should – do to make their organisation a more attractive place, and ultimately, to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to succeed.
These things may include:
- Offering flexible work, including the ability to openly discuss and negotiate this from the very beginning. Examples of flexible work may include a compressed working week, flexible start and finish hours, job-sharing, part-time work, rostered days off, time-in-lieu, and remote work.
- Having initiatives that promote gender equality in leadership, including offering coaching and mentoring, and women in leadership programs.
- Offering support for new parents, including gender-neutral parental leave policies, paid parental leave for primary and secondary carers, no minimum waiting periods to access leave, and superannuation while on paid and unpaid leave.
- Offering pay equity.
Plus many others.
In the past, it’s been difficult to discern what organisations offer exactly what benefits (and whether or not it’s appropriate to ask about them), but fortunately, businesses nowadays are being far more transparent in order to attract the best talent and establish equality once and for all.
That being said, If a change to a more gender-equal workplace is on your radar, here are three jobs currently being offered at equality-endorsed organisations (according to the data provided by Work180, an exclusive job board and advocacy group for equality at work).
If you’re based in the UK, this could be the role for you. Freightliner, a transportation company, is looking for a Procurement Buyer.
This key role within the procurement function is critical to the success of G&W/Europe through the consolidation of a £50m of annual spend across 1500 suppliers that ensures that Freightliner receives the right goods and services, safely, on time and at minimum cost.
In this role, you’ll be responsible for consolidating multiple tactical suppliers into a few strategic suppliers on a regional and national basis, while ensuring continuity of supply.
- Is based in the West Midlands
- Is full-time, but can be worked flexibly.
From an equality perspective, Freightliner offers some excellent perks, including:
- The ability to discuss flexible work at interview stage (their policy specifically states that they support job sharing, part-time work and flexible work hours)
- A huge 24 weeks of paid parental leave for the primary carer (although there is a 12 month waiting period to access this)
- Coaching and mentoring programs for women in leadership.
Employees also had great things to say about Freightliner on Glassdoor, with one employee remarking:
“Good environment and people to work with.”
If you’re based in the US, this could be the job for you. Expedia Group, an online travel shopping company, is looking for a Procurement Operations Specialist.
In this role, you’ll be responsible for the organisation’s purchase order processing functions. This includes creating and maintaining purchase orders and receipts, as well as maintaining back-end procurement PO processes, such as the smooth delivery of POs and providing first-line support to queries about Procure-to-Pay (P2P operations).
- Is based in the Springfield, Missouri
- Is full-time.
From an equality perspective, Expedia Group offers some excellent perks, including:
- The ability to discuss flexible work at interview stage (their policy specifically states that they support a compressed working week, flexible hours, and part-time work, although they do not support job sharing or remote working).
- 84 days of paid family care leave (offered after a 12 month waiting period)
- A target to raise underrepresented groups into management positions (with the goal of achieving 50:50 by 2025).
Employees had great things to say about Expedia Group as well, with one employee saying on Glassdoor:
“Fun and inclusive working environment, with opportunities to live abroad whilst still building your career with a truly global company.”
If you’re based in Australia, this job could be for you. UGL, an engineering company, is looking for a procurement coordinator.
In this role, you’ll be working with the project team to ensure timely delivery of materials (including subcontractors), as well as liaising with the Contract Administrator to ensure the effective management of all work packages.
- Is in New South Wales
- Is full-time, but flexible work is available.
From an equality perspective, UGL also offers some excellent perks, including:
- The ability to discuss flexible work at interview stage (their policy specifically states that they support compressed working works, flexible hours, and job sharing, although they do not offer remote work).
- 16 weeks paid parental leave for the primary carer, with a 12 month waiting period
- Superannuation payments while on paid parental leave
- They will soon launch a program for new parents, called [email protected] (they already have a program for women called [email protected]).
From a feedback perspective, it appears that UGL practices what they preach. On Glassdoor, employees have glowing comments such as:
“Friendly and fantastic creative learning environment. No blame culture. Very supportive middle management and productive team. Flexible hours and good work life balance. Could work here forever.”
Are these opportunities not what you are looking for? Check out Work180 in your respective country, and click on the ‘Employee Benefits’ tab in your job search to understand more about what employers offer women.