Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 2 Years
Hobbies: Travelling, Photography, Running, Salsa and Bachata
Fun Fact: Until I went to university I had been on more aeroplanes than buses
What was it about the Kuehne + Nagel Graduate programme that interested you?
I really liked that the programme was varied and offered the chance to see all elements of Finance in action. Furthermore, the opportunity and support to complete a professional accounting qualification was enticing. I undertook placements in Head Office finance, Contract Logistics finance and International Freight Forwarding finance. Each placement was vastly different and it was fantastic to work directly with business managers to support them in delivering a great service to our customers.
What did you enjoy most about the programme?
I most enjoyed the rotations to the different business units. It is challenging and you have to be willing to relocate across the UK but the knowledge I have gained is invaluable and I now have a well-rounded understanding of Finance and Kuehne + Nagel as a whole which really helps me in my role today. I also met a number of wonderful colleagues who are now part of my network of contacts that I can call upon when needed.
Where are you now?
I completed my graduate programme in August 2018 and am now a Tax Governance & Finance Process Analyst. It means I produce monthly, quarterly and annual tax returns to submit to HMRC; review and maintain governance to ensure we comply with legislation; and analyse financial processes to develop and improve efficiency.
During my programme I met regularly with my mentor and we talked about the type of role I’d progress into after the programme. We reviewed my progress in my placements and identified where my strengths lay and the career pathways that I could take – now I have a challenging and rewarding job that I love.
What advice would you give to future graduates?
Push yourself out of your comfort zone and endeavour to make a constructive impact at each of your placements – not only will you gain the most out of your time but you will make a lasting impression on your colleagues. Be inquisitive and put forward ideas, you may think it is trivial but it could be a fresh perspective that others had not thought of and it could bring about a really positive change!