I joined Hatmill following on from 5 years of working for XPO Logistics.
I joined XPO Logistics on their fast track Transport and Logistics Graduate Scheme after gaining a BSc in Economics with Econometrics from the University of Kent. The scheme covered a wide variety of roles across many sectors. The scheme included operational and strategic roles across both the logistics and transport divisions and tailored to expose me to all elements of the business. Some of the sectors covered within the scheme were retailing, fashion, automotive and aviation.
The graduate placements lasted for two years which involved spending 6 months in four roles/sectors serving as an introduction to the industry. During my placements I quickly determined that my passion and skill set was in strategic development and planning rather than operations, complimenting my problem solving and logical approach to business development.
During my time with XPO Logistics I undertook the following roles:
- Transport Operator for Unipart Automotive as my first role within the graduate scheme, gaining the national transport manager’s CPC. I returned two years later as Operations Manager
- Section Manager of a Marks and Spencer distribution centre in London (servicing their two flagship stores) managing a team of over 100 staff during peak periods
- Project Manager of our specialist services department working closely with Coca Cola for the distribution of vending machines to clients across the UK as well as developing a suite of KPI’s for the customer
- Project Manager / Data Analyst for our Transport Division based at ND’s transport head office working to improve the transport networks efficiencies to drive down costs
- Programme Manager for the south of the UK for the Shared User and Ecommerce Business Unit, gaining the Prince2 Practitioner qualification.
I spent the last three years with XPO Logistics as a Project / Programme Manager, mainly looking after the south of the UK for the Shared User and Ecommerce Business Unit.
This role covered many sectors including perishable handling centres (British Airways), Airport Consolidation Centres (Manchester Airport Group), Ecommerce sites (House of Fraser, Missguided, ASOS, Matches Fashion) and store replenishment sites (GO Outdoors, The Entertainer). The focus and accountability of my role was the end to end development and management of programmes, which include automation, cost saving initiatives, site closures, new customer implementations, brown paper exercises, SOP reviews, and WMS implementations.
Having previously worked with Hatmill (Simon and James) during the GO Outdoors implementation with XPO, I was immediately impressed with their business, passion and enthusiasm to deliver quality results on schedule. Whilst always remaining 100% transparent with not only their principal client, but with me at the time as the 3PL –XPO Logistics.
When the opportunity arose to join the company I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back.