George Logistics Graduate
- Name: George
- Job Title: Logistics Graduate
- University attended: Newcastle University
- Course studied at University: Law
What is it like working for TJX Europe?
One of the things that is extremely evident when first joining TJX is the strength of the culture at the company, which is exceptionally welcoming, friendly, and supportive of all associates. It’s definitely a great time to be working for TJX, the company is growing, the products coming into the company are increasingly exciting, and the company has offices not only in the UK and Europe, but further offices in, America, and India which allows you to meet a huge depth of talented individuals working for TJX.
Tell me about your career progression/on-going development with TJX Europe.
My current rotation within logistics is in the Buyer Vendor Support team. This has enabled me to gain invaluable exposure to buyers, merchandisers, and vendors on an international level, thus allowing for heightened awareness of the company vison. In addition to this TJX has furthered my growth through participation in structured learning and development workshops, encompassing skills ranging from personality types, to leadership competencies, and additionally communication skills. Furthermore TJX has supported me through a Six Sigma Yellow Belt qualification, which has helped me in honing existing project management skills, which are critical for process improvement within logistics.
How much responsibility are you given?
Within logistics I was given responsibility from the first day. Because there are a vast variety of departments within logistics, it would not be possible to train graduates on every aspect of each individual role before settling them into their rotation. Therefore within logistics much of the training is completed on the job. In my first week I found myself speaking to buyers, and vendors outside the company, and helping them with their logistics issues. I have now been at TJX for nine months, and my responsibility has increased considerably; I am involved in high level meetings often, and have to discuss complex logistics processes with buyers, vendors, TJXs processing centers, in addition to visiting vendor’s offices and warehouses nationwide to improve existing processes.
What is a typical working day like?
It may sound slightly cliché, but every day is different for me. Logistics is incredibly fast paced, and what initially seems like a small query can change the shape of your day dramatically! Daily, I find myself discussing exciting new deals with buyers, and discussing the best methods of transporting a huge variety of goods from a huge range of locations including handmade baskets from Uganda, flip flops from Brazil, and giant reindeer from China! Outside of operational work, in my current rotation, I am also given freedom to explore new avenues which TJX can utilise in order to save both time and money. All in all fast paced nature of logistics and variety of material to be covered within the supply chain makes for a very exciting and stimulating graduate career.