Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 3 Years
Hobbies: Usually travelling seeing friends or having friends round for dinner. Since moving to Milton Keynes I now dragon boat race too.
Fun Fact: I learnt to ice skate on TV
Why did you want to work for Kuehne + Nagel?
I wanted to join a market leader that puts employees first and has an ethical approach to their business operations.
I really liked the graduate programme as it offered the chance to move around different business areas and locations and I knew this would be a fast track way to increase my experience and network across the business.
Where was the best part of being on the graduate programme?
One of the best elements of the graduate programme for me was the teams I got be involved with, both on my placements and during the development workshops with my fellow graduates. I had the chance to work in lots of different teams but also take the lead on a number of our graduate projects and tasks. I also love walking into work knowing that every day will be different and that even when there are challenges to face, I know that the team will pull together to make sure the job gets done.
Where are you now and what does a typical day involve?
Since completing the graduate scheme, I am now the contract manager for one of a largest food and retail contracts. My day starts with a morning meeting for all departments to be aligned and any issues raised. Then I will head down to the warehouse and see my team. After this my day is very varied but always centred on the customer. This can range from pallet investigations and process mapping to off-site visits to our freight teams or other contracts with best practice.
Export is growing and each end customer is completely unique so my team and I have to be really dynamic in amending our processes to meet the customer’s needs. What applied in the UK can be completely different in another country so we have to be innovate and design solutions on behalf of our customers to ensure that the products we transport for them across the globe meet all legislation and compliance requirements. My team are really positive about change which makes it a great environment to work in.
What advice would you give to future graduates?
Appreciate the time you have as a graduate. All the little bits of information you see through your graduate journey will build into a picture at the end and show you where you want to go in the future.
Make the most of the workshops and the CILT training, they are more than just qualifications - they are where your network begins with your peers who will support you throughout your programme.
Remember to stay in contact with your past placements. Best practice can be found everywhere in KN. It will surprise you later on how often you will say “oh I know that person/ I have seen that process at XX/ my past placement has that equipment “ and that is a very useful tool to have in such a large organisation.