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The graduate scheme at Gist appealed to me in many ways but mostly because of the quick progression that it offered, as well as the vast array of different opportunities available. It’s an industry that I hadn’t considered working in, however, as soon as I stepped into the warehouse operation, I felt that it was right for me. I enjoyed the buzz of working in a busy and fast-paced environment. Throughout my career I have worked in a huge variety of different roles, from a night-shift warehouse team manager to a project manager working in France. Currently, I have the overall responsibility for the transport function at our Barnsley site, and look after a team of 142.

Throughout my career at Gist I have worked in a huge variety of roles from a night-shift warehouse team manager to a projects manager within HR. Within 5 years of being with Gist, I had been promoted to the role of Logistics Manager and was responsible for managing the transport function in our largest-volume M&S site, Barnsley. I led a team of 7 team managers, 5 planners and 130 drivers towards delivering and achieving our customer’s key performance indicators as well as our financial targets. As the O-License holder for the North East region I also oversaw the legal compliance of the operation and ensured that the fleet of 90 units and 99 trailers, as well as the drivers, were operating legally and safely. Currently I am working within the HR team on a business strategy for the recruitment of drivers and warehouse operatives. This role is very different to my previous role in Barnsley however I am able to draw on my first-hand experience of the operational challenges that the business faces in order to influence the strategic decisions. I am due to present this strategy to the board which is a fantastic opportunity for me to showcase my work right at the top level of the business!

Career Map

1. Team Manager – Bellshill (Level 1 Graduate)
Sep 2011 - May 2012 – 9 months

2. Shift Manager – Thatcham (Level 2 Graduate)
May 2012 – Apr 2013 – 1 year

3. Change Team Manager – France ‘Speed Boat Project’ (Level 3 Graduate)
Apr 2013 – Oct 2014 – 18 months

4. Customer Service and Commercial Manager – Bedworth (first role off of Grad scheme)
Oct 2014 – Apr 2016 – 18 months

5. Logistics Manager – Barnsley
Apr 2016 – Apr 2018 – 2 years

6. Human Resources, Project Manager – Chineham
May 2018 - Now