Mollie Brentnall attended the University of Nottingham and joined the Supply Chain & Logistics programme (IT Project Management stream) in 2011. She is currently Regional IT Manager for Specialist Services.
Why did you choose the DHL Graduate Programme?
I chose the DHL graduate programme for three reasons:
1. I wanted to work for a large, international organisation.
2. Project management was specifically mentioned in the Advert.
3. I liked the culture at the assessment centre
What was your favourite experience/memory during the Graduate Programme?
When we all went out into Stratford after our awards ceremony. The sense of achievement was fantastic and we really felt like a winning team.
What makes the DHL graduate programme unique?
Our scale. We can offer very varied placements and fantastic networking opportunities. There can’t be many other companies where you could do one placement in a central function rolling out telecoms, another in a major project sequencing car parts and a third putting in warehouse management systems for retail customers.
How has being a part of the DHL Graduate Programme helped you accomplish what you have with your career?
If I had joined as an experienced hire I would not have had the opportunity to do the varied placements, nor grow the network with senior managers.
What is your average day at DHL?
I don’t really have a standard day, however, the following are activities I will do regularly:
Reviews with – Customers, business partners (VPs / GMs), finance managers, central teams & external suppliers…all focused on understanding our customers’ needs and getting the best for them.
Working on bids with BD colleagues. These can range from space fill to large RFP responses
Supporting on projects as owner / sponsor (depending on scale)
Looking after my team through 1-2-1s, career conversations, meetings and support
What type of person do you think is the right fit for DHL?
A people person. We are so large, you can’t just hide away and do your role in isolation. You need to be open to sharing knowledge and using your network to benefit your customers.
What advice would you give to future graduates in the DHL programme?
Take ALL the opportunities you can whilst on the programme. Once you leave you need to know that you got maximum value from all the training and networking opportunities. I can’t just ask to go to a senior meeting now because it sounds interesting, yet as a grad I could!