Time at Kuehne + Nagel: 2 Years

Hobbies: Thai boxing, running

Fun Fact: I recently went sky diving for charity and was pushed out the helicopter before it was time to jump!

Why did you want to work for Kuehne + Nagel?

Before I joined the graduate programme I had the opportunity to complete a summer placement at our Banbury office. The support I received from my colleagues and line manager helped me decide very quickly that Kuehne + Nagel was where I wanted to work. From the first day I was given real responsibilities and a business improvement project which helped me develop both personally and professionally.

What’s been one of your greatest achievements on the programme?

My greatest achievements on the programme have been:

  1. Completing my CILT qualification – it’s hard work and you have to balance your studies around the day job but it was so useful in broadening my understanding of logistics and given a year or so more experience I’ll be in a position to apply for chartered membership
  2. Featuring in the Kuehne + Nagel magazine for delivering a presentation to our key supplier Peel Ports – I was really proud to represent the company and share my experiences and knowledge
  3. Helping to secure new business accounts whilst working in my sales placement –being a trainee on the graduate programme doesn’t prevent you from having real responsibility and impact in the business. It was great to have helped contribute to the increase in customer accounts for the team

Where are you now?

I am now a Seafreight business development executive for commodities and recyclables. The commodities I am currently responsible for include recyclable metal, plastic and paper. It’s a really interesting role and I get to work with our customers on a daily basis to retain and enhance existing business, provide pricing/rates to secure their bookings and to develop our client portfolio for each commodity.

What advice would you give to future graduates?

Be patient, enjoy the journey, learn the fundamentals of your business unit and the company will always give you the opportunity to get you to where you want to be!