How did you first find out about Kuehne + Nagel during your studies?
Pure luck! A friend at university had found a job with Kuehne + Nagel and encouraged me to take a look at what they had to offer. I liked what I saw and applied for a position through the website. I was successful and now work in Global Airfreight as part of the Product Management & Development Team.
What attracted you to working at Kuehne + Nagel?
An important thing for me was it didn’t seem to have the same impersonal, corporate feel that you sometimes see with very large organisations. Although it’s a global business, it’s still dynamic and flexible. When I speak to friends and business contacts in other companies, I’m reminded of the difference. Kuehne + Nagel has quite a flat hierarchy which helps the company keep its informal culture and gives the belief that anyone can succeed if they want to.
What was your perception of Kuehne + Nagel before and after coming to work for us?
I was amazed to learn just how large the company was! I suppose it’s because we are B2B, that most people don’t know much about Kuehne + Nagel. I knew the name and was aware of the brand – the anchor logo and the dark blue, but not much else. After joining, I quickly realised just how big and influential we are in logistics, and how this had helped the company to perform so well during the economic crisis compared to our competitors.
What are you currently working on?
There is always something new happening in airfreight. The technology never stops evolving, and the market is always looking for different products and solutions. This means the team is always busy developing new ideas, often tailored to specific industries and customers. In the Global Airfreight Product Development Team, I’m also responsible for reporting on the progress of our three standard airfreight products, and exploring ways of increasing our market share around the world.
How has your career evolved with Kuehne + Nagel?
I’ve been at Kuehne + Nagel since August 2010, and my career has developed quite a lot in that time. I’ve chosen to stay in the same business area but my responsibilities have expanded at just the right pace. I joined as a graduate, completely new to the logistics industry, but now I’m a fully fledged team member with global responsibilities. I’m encouraged to take responsibility for my decisions but at the same time, if I need help or advice, I know that my manager and the rest of my team are there to support me.
What has been your biggest achievement?
I feel I’ve achieved a lot in my time here but something that gave me special satisfaction was creating a concept for an IT solution to support operations in a specific industry. What made it memorable was that it happened shortly after I started, when I knew little about operations and nearly nothing about IT! But with the support of my colleagues, and the expertise they were willing to share, I developed the idea into a formal proposal with detailed specifications and was even able to follow its progress during the programming. The team and management were very pleased with the final result – and it was all based on my concept paper!
What keeps you busy outside Kuehne + Nagel?
Yes, there’s more to life than work! Apart from the social activities organised by me and my colleagues, the Zurich area has so many opportunities if you like sports, or if you want to explore the arts.