Lead story 01/17
Rhenus offers varied opportunities for careers in the international field. Thailand, Russia or France: if people want to discover something completely new and unknown, huge opportunities are opening up for a varied professional career within the strongly growing Rhenus Group – and at many other places in the world.
“Employees have the opportunity of making highly effective and long-term changes in the organisation themselves and also actively shaping their own careers. That’s what makes it so attractive to work for Rhenus,” says Alberto Martinez, who believes that he is in excellent hands at the logistics specialist. The 24-year-old, who has spent time in Great Britain, the country of his birth, and his home country Spain, has also had spells in the USA and Panama and is currently working for Rhenus in Thailand as the Procurement Manager.
|Position||Business Solution and IT Manager|
Alberto Martinez spent time during his studies supporting the Rhenus Board Member, Tobias Bartz, when he was head of the European Road Freight activities in Hilden. As a result, he was able to gain his first experience abroad in his career. Towards the end of his bachelor’s degree course, he worked in various departments for Rhenus in Spain; and he gained important insight into the sea and air freight business at Rhenus after completing his studies and joining Rhenus on a permanent basis.
By Boeing 737: 16H 45M
Hongkong -> Holzwickede
|Nationality||Hong Kong Chinese|
|Position||Employee in the Air & Ocean Network Management Team|
Which factors help you to be successful in your job in an international environment?
Julien Bergles: “Julien Bergles, who is German and was born in 1984, is the Business Solution and IT Manager for Rhenus in Singapore. “It helps me to view both the logistics and the experience abroad from a team perspective. You have no hope on your own, but together you can achieve things in different countries, which you could only dream about as a lone wolf”.
Wings Luo: “Wings Luo, who is Hong Kong Chinese and was born in 1988, is currently working as an employee in the Air & Ocean network management team in Holzwickede. “You need to know what you want. You also require a willingness to learn at all times and accept that you might fail at some stage, but still constantly think in a positive way.”
“The pathways taken by young and motived executives to join Rhenus are as varied as Rhenus itself. However, Alberto’s route is a good example of our approach in one way, because it shows that we tie promising people to the Rhenus world at an early stage so that they can pursue their careers with us and we then gradually give them more responsibility,” says Mareen Asmuth, Head of Personnel Development at Rhenus, underlining one general principle at the company.
GERMANY -> SINGAPORE
“It’s ideal if we can help develop an understanding of our corporate culture in our talented young people early in their professional careers alongside their specialist logistics knowledge. We much prefer to train them ourselves than attract them to the company from outside at a later date and then not be certain whether they really fit in with us,” says Claus Eckmann, Head of the Service Centre Human Resources at Rhenus, adding his opinion. “That also makes the transfer to the next task much easier each time they make a career move. If they want to spend time abroad as part of their job too, we can also find interesting fields of employment for our young colleagues within the international Rhenus Group and its growth-oriented environment.”
BY AIRBUS A320:
8 H 26 M
Customers should benefit from experience gained abroad
However, an international career spent at various places is not only an end in itself for the employees. It must be anchored in Rhenus’ basic understanding, which makes customers the focal point of the corporate organisation. In this sense, it is important to actively use the experience that has been gained for the benefit of customers.
|Workplace||Rhenus India Joint Venture|
|Position||Liaison Manager for international corporate finance|
“There are different approaches for tying employees, who have gained experience abroad, to the various corporate units and the projects being handled there. This may involve accompanying one customer, which is seeking to internationalise its business and therefore requires logistical support in those countries where the relevant Rhenus employees have already worked,” says Claus Eckmann, citing one example. “It goes without saying that we always check very carefully to see whether a success model for one national market can also be transferred to a different one. Who could assess this better than those colleagues who are already familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of a solution already introduced in a country or a region?”
What are the challenges of working and living abroad?
Haiko Fischedick: “It’s a fresh start and you need to find your way around in an unfamiliar environment. In addition to making contact with colleagues, customers and new friends, it’s all about correctly understanding specific ways of behaviour in the country and lifestyles and coping with the dichotomy between cultural open-mindedness and your own principles. What’s crucial is what you experience abroad and how you develop new skills for current and future tasks from this.”
Wings Luo: “When leaving your home country, you should not underestimate what you’re missing in the lives of your family and friends. That’s why it’s all the more important to create a social environment in your new home. Being happy in your private life motivates you at work too.”
2,565 Nautical Miles
Germany -> Dubai
Open-mindedness and flexibility form the basis for success
Without any exception, those Rhenus employees, who have moved to other countries, for example, as a result of the “Step Forward” programme or at the suggestion of their manager or mentor, say that the cultural differences are the greatest challenge when moving to a new home – both in their professional and private lives. “In order to handle this switch in the best way possible, open-mindedness and flexibility are necessary in order to quickly adapt without having to bend over backwards,” they say.
“We provide adequate preparation to our employees for their stints abroad. Naturally, those who tackle this kind of adventure are normally those who are looking for something new and unknown within their character. However, they usually have the personality and skills to safely move about in the context of a different culture or at least have an urge to get to know it,” says Mareen Asmuth. In addition to this, many internal Rhenus events provide a platform for employees to communicate ideas, particularly those who have already dared to go abroad and can now share their observations for the benefit of all.
|Position||Rhenus Freight Network|
Vietnam -> Germany
|Position||Business Process & Quality Manager|
What opportunities does Rhenus offer to an employee who wants to go abroad?
Moerowan Al-Chaabi: “If you’re prepared to go abroad, the Rhenus Group and its growth course offer many kinds of opportunities. The whole world is then your stage.”
Quyen Ngyuen: “There are always opportunities for employees, who want to see different fields of activities and countries during their careers, to discover new things and introduce the knowledge, which they've gained as a result, to the Rhenus Group.”