Caz Johnson: Procurement Manager

Role: The procurement team at Virgin are responsible for supporting the sourcing activities, negotiation and strategic selection of goods and services across Virgin Atlantic. My role specifically is around providing procurement support across all functions of our engineering division

What is the secret of your success? A key success for me was when I learnt that to succeed in your career was not all about getting to the top as quickly as possible, it is about enjoying the journey and realising your work-life balance is just as important as your work aspirations. With this balance, you will succeed at anything you put your mind to.

What women have inspired you?  When I was 18 I met two women who have inspired me and motivated me in my career. One was a colleague who was a dedicated Mormon, married at 18 and had a successful property portfolio at 20. She opened my eyes to different faiths and lifestyles and also inspired me to work hard so I could start my own property portfolio – I owned my first property at 26.

The other was an old manager who is now my mentor and friend. One of the best pieces of inspirational advice she has given me is look at your road ahead – if in the next 6 months you aren’t going to learn something new, better or challenge yourself – change it.  This piece of advice was given to me 10 years ago and to this day I still use this simple assessment to decide what I want to do next.

How do you think women’s equality has evolved and what needs to happen next?  To help women get to the top we need to help in two ways: nurturing the middle managers of today to enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow, as well as removing as many barriers we can see that could stop the school leavers of today growing to become the leaders of the future.