Already know what you're looking for?
Home  »  Employers  »  Lion  »  Our Stories

Nick Bibby


Commercial Analyst


Role: Commercial Analyst – National On Premise

Degree: Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Finance, University of Canterbury

What attracted you to the program?

I had completed a marketing internship at a technology company one summer, although the internship was great, the culture at the company was flat. Lion Nathan had a stall at the Canterbury University career fair. The company culture sounded great and I could tell the person I was speaking to felt really passionate about the company and their career.

What were your first impressions?

How friendly and welcoming everyone is, it was great to have nearly everyone who walked passed my desk come and introduce themselves. I also thought it was pretty cool having a bar with all our brands in our reception.

What type of development opportunities were you given?

The development process at Lion Nathan is great; I sit down with my leader once every 4 – 6 weeks and discuss how I am going against my development goals and where I want to go next. Both the formal and informal training has exceeded my expectations; my technical skill base is expanding constantly. I have already had the chance to lead a new product development team and build financial models that are used daily by our sales team.

How did these opportunities set you up for later success?

The training and cross functional interaction has opened my eyes to opportunities outside of finance and helped me better partner my internal stakeholders.

What’s the journey your career has taken?

I am currently in my second role and have been at Lion Nathan for just over two years. My first role was as a Margin Analyst, this dealt with daily reporting to the Executive team and coordinating the planning process down to gross margin. This was a great role to launch my career as it gave me a broad look at the business.  I also conducted a lot of ad-hoc analytical work for senior leaders. From there I moved in to my current role as a Commercial Analyst for the National On Premise team, this involves financially partnering the Business Development Executives and Sales Managers in contract negations with our On Premise customers.

How would you describe the culture at Lion?

The culture at Lion Nathan is diverse and inclusive.  Everyone is approachable and focused on achieving together for the success of the business. The culture is great; everyone is up for a good laugh but professional at the same time.

Of the Lion range, what are your favourite brands?

Speight’s GMA and Appleton’s Rum