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08/04/2021

Unleash your spirit at Frucor Suntory

Marianna McEwan is a prime example of someone who is building their career within the Suntory network.

Marianna started as a technical graduate with Frucor Suntory back in 2014. Since then, she has gone on to make her mark in a number of areas within the company – from packaging and operations, to sales to product development to supply chain.  

Next month, Marianna is moving to the United Kingdom where she will continue to unleash her spirit within the Suntory Group as Technical Project Lead at Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I.

Although much has changed since Marianna joined Frucor Suntory, there have always been opportunities for career development through the diverse nature of the business.

During her time at Frucor Suntory, Marianna has gained both her Green Belt and Black Belt in continuous improvement, and worked on a number of high-profile projects – like launching NZ Natural in cans.

Marianna says what’s made her choose to stay and grow her career at Frucor Suntory is the culture, opportunities for career development and the diverse nature of the work.

“Frucor Suntory has provided me with many unique opportunities – experiences that have challenged and helped me to develop personally, and professionally as an expert in my field.  I am extremely grateful to have gained exposure to such a broad mix of teams, skills and processes along the way.”

The inclusive nature of the business also makes it easy to move between departments and make connections.

“Frucor Suntory’s culture really gives me a sense of pride.   I often talk to friends and whānau about the great people I get to work with.”

And when it comes to calling out a couple of career highlights, there are several!

Marianna has presented at the global KAIZEN Forum in Japan (where Suntorians from across the network share continuous improvement learnings) – and won!

There are the annual R&D open days and team away days, and winning a trip to see the All Blacks play in the quarterfinal of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

Marianna says her move to the United Kingdom is an exciting step in her career. 

“On a personal level, I have always wanted to work and live overseas. And it’s the Suntory network that has enabled me to experience working and living in London.” 

Chief Supply Chain and Quality Officer Jon Sackree, adds: “We are thrilled that Suntory has provided Marianna this amazing opportunity to grow and learn in a different environment.

“Her passion for continuous improvement will make her a great asset to the GB&I team.”

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