Matt Gannon

Matt Gannon attended the University of Bolton and joined the Supply Chain & Logistics graduate programme in 2011. His current role is Senior Central Launch Manager on the Jaguar LandRover contract.


Why did you choose the DHL Graduate Programme?

The reputation of both the company and the programme, and scale of opportunities. I completed a degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management so the most well-known 3PL in the UK seemed like a good place to start my career. I was fortunate enough to have completed a work experience placement with the wider DHL Business during a summer break at University, which sparked my interest in the management development programmes further.

What was your favourite experience / memory during the graduate programme?

There were many great memories but my favourite has to be when we organised a Community Project in collaboration with the Lindley Education Trust. We had to raise funds, organise, and facilitate a weekend of outdoor activities for a group or children from the local area. It was challenging as the teachers and graduate programme co-ordinators just left us to it but it was really rewarding and we had such a good laugh.

What makes the DHL graduate programme unique?

Flexibility. It is what you make of it and if you push and maximise ever opportunity available you’ll get the chance to prove your capabilities with abundant support. If successful, you can often steer the direction of your work activities and the initiatives you get involved with, which is great.

Business recognition and support. There's no other training programme I’ve been involved with since that has had the recognition of the graduate programme, it really is seen as the source of the future talent for the business.

What is your current role in DHL?

Senior Central Launch Manager on the Jaguar LandRover contract. My role is mainly focused around the co-ordination of JLR plant/site launch programme activities to ensure successful launch programme implementation and delivery. I'm basically responsible for the change management for new vehicle models and certain significant operational changes.

How has being a part of the DHL graduate programme helped you accomplish what you have with your career?

Undoubtedly the scheme has provided me with amble opportunities to develop and establish new relationships . Combined with the great support of various mentors and colleagues, I’ve managed to demonstrate my capabilities within a variety of roles and environments and that versatility has allowed me to progress further.

What advice would you give to future graduates in the DHL programme?

Make the most out of every opportunity that comes your way, especially when it comes to meeting new people. My last 2 roles came about through word of mouth and relationships I’d established previously.  Never be afraid to ask, if you are interested in something or think you can be of benefit to the business then suggest it.

What type of person do you think is the right fit for DHL?

Anyone with a positive ‘Can-Do’ attitude.

 

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