Adam Blake attended Liverpool John Moores University and joined the DHL Supply Chain & Logistics Programme in 2010. He is now a Senior Partnership Manager with the NHS Supply Chain.
Why did you choose the DHL Graduate Programme?
To me the DHL graduate programme offered me the opportunity to work in a truly global, market leading, and pioneering organisation within an exciting and ever-changing industry. I haven't looked back since.
What was your favourite experience/memory during the Graduate Programme?
I made some great friends during the programme, many of whom I stay in contact with to this day, but a particular highlight was a community project we completed in the Peak District – it was exceptionally challenging but rewarding in equal measure. We all came to realise that planning a short activity break for under-privileged children was not as easy as we initially thought, although hopefully the kids had a great time…
What makes the DHL graduate programme unique?
Many people associate DHL with red and yellow vans but the sheer complexity and variety of operations across the business is phenomenal. During the programme I went from working on CI/PI projects in a pharmaceutical warehouse to leading non-emergency patient transport operations within one of the UK’s busiest hospitals.
I consider DHL as a solution based organisation – we solve problems on behalf of our customers by creating innovative and market-leading solutions, and I love working for the company (hence why I am still here 7 years later). Our business is always evolving and moving into new sectors and it is always exciting as you never know which type of opportunity will come up next!
How has being a part of the DHL Graduate Programme helped you accomplish what you have with your career?
Completing the graduate programme gave me an opportunity to experience a broad range of different working environments which helps me still to this day. I deliberately threw myself in at the deep-end wherever possible and said yes to everything I could in order to try and broaden my professional experience and test myself during the programme. This has helped me to develop my self-confidence and reputation today and it has also helped to accelerate my career progression.
What is your current role at DHL?
I work on the NHS Supply Chain contract and am responsible for managing a portfolio of key customers with around £50million of spend with the business. I lead a team responsible for accelerating cash-releasing savings delivery for the NHS and am also responsible for new business growth across my customers.
What advice would you give to future graduates in the DHL programme?
Jump in head first – take the most challenging opportunities that present themselves to you as these experiences will help you immensely later in your career. The more you venture outside your comfort zone the more you will develop as a professional.
What type of person do you think is the right fit for DHL?
Ideal candidates need to be adaptable, intelligent and motivated individuals with a desire to progress. There is a world of opportunity (quite literally) for those who are willing to work hard.