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How to become a Powerful Part Timer - Sarah Goss, Ericsson

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Sarah Goss, RMIT alumna and Head of Strategy & Innovation, Ericsson Australia & New Zeland will share her journey as a 'powerful part timer'. She will provide advice on how to successfully advance in a career as a part timer, and how to negotiate and navigate part time work and job sharing at an executive level.

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Sarah’s background is in marketing, sales and strategy. A common thread in her 17 year career history is her passion for innovation and incubating new business ideas. One of her earliest roles was managing the marketing launch of a new software solution that was internally incubated with seed funding before being spun-out as a standalone business and subsequently acquired by Damovo. For several years she ran Ericsson’s content and application developer program orchestrating tri-way partnerships between Ericsson, start-ups and telcos. Sarah was the commercial lead on a strategic, global M&A due diligence project, and also led the development and execution of Ericsson’s new market segment entry strategies – from business planning through to organisational capability establishment – for target enterprise sectors in Australia and South East Asia, including Media & Advertising, Smart Cities, Utilities, Transport and Public Safety.

Sarah became a vocal advocate for Diversity & Inclusion and flexible working when she returned to work after becoming a mum. As a young(ish!), female, mixed-race, part-time employee and working mother, she has had first-hand experience over the last 7 years with issues associated with unconscious bias and traditional notions of work and job design. Hence, D&I has grown to be a personal passion of hers. She is an Executive Sponsor of Ericsson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, and believes strongly that D&I is essential to innovation and business performance. It is not just ‘the right thing to do’.

Sarah and a colleague trailblazed new ground in Ericsson when for 4 years up until the end of 2015 they job-shared a customer-facing, senior leadership role with a team of direct reports, each working 3 days a week doing the one job on an interchangeable basis. In 2014 the pair received independent nomination and resulting recognition as one of Australia’s Top 5 ‘Powerful Part Timers’.

Today, Sarah’s situation is still pioneering in Ericsson where she works 3 days a week in a role on the local Ericsson Executive Team reporting to the CEO. In industry, she sits on the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA), and is a minor equity holder and advisor to HealthTech start-up Umps Health, which was recently accepted into the 2017 cohort of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP).

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