Case study

Supply chain and operations graduate — Joshua Guy

Despite studying for a science degree, Joshua has found that his analytical and time management skills have been invaluable in his role in the supply chain at a large food wholesaler

How did you get your job?

I studied a BSc in chemistry at Cardiff University. Once I applied for this job, I had to pass an initial screening, a few tests (mathematical and numerical), a telephone interview and an all-day assessment.

What are your main work activities?

A typical day varies hugely. I am mostly involved in getting to know the ins and outs of the business and being a part of the management team. I have had the privilege of running a warehouse shift and managing the budget for an extended period. I have also been involved in many changes projects throughout the business.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love that each day is completely different as I can be involved in many different aspects of the business. I like that I can make an impact by bringing forward ideas that improve our efficiency or reduce costs.

What are the challenges?

The biggest challenge I have is dealing with the fast pace of the business. Each day is a clean slate, regardless of the day before, and we have to be on top of our game all the time.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

My chemistry degree is very different from a career in logistics, however the analytical and time management skills I gained have been highly transferable. I get to use these every day and call upon the vast experience I learnt whilst trying to perform experiments in the lab.

How has your role developed? What are your career ambitions?

My role is developing into becoming a very dependable person within the business with a vast amount of knowledge and decision making skills. My career ambitions are to become a member of the upper management team and one day a chief operating officer (COO).

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