Raluca Ciobanu, Quality Manager – Air and Ocean Operations Support
“Even though it was not my dream to work in the finance area, I was advised to study banking and finance. If I had been enrolled, I decided to do it thoroughly: participating at conferences, contests, involving in every extracurriculars. After the first year of university, I decided to search for an internship in the field of logistics, in an oil & gas multinational company. This is when I started loving logistics and supply chain domain.
After the oil crisis in 2015, I thought I should search for another job. In the meantime, I had graduated, I shook the hands with my former company and started a new journey: 12 interviews, nothing fitted with my expectations, as in 2015 the market was asking for accountants, financial analysts – no, thank you. This happened until DB Schenker and I met: love at first sight.
I started as a Transport Management System Administrator in Ocean Solutions team. After one and a half year of tough work, I became a Team Manager and here am I today: Quality Manager, dealing and cooperating with the global teams, being in charge of quality assurance, process improvement, automation, reporting, KPIs and visibility.
My journey wasn’t easy. The most important part is that I had the great support of the local manager, I understood the culture and the strategy of the company.
The main challenge for me in the business services industry was to become a leader and developing others. I thought I wasn’t ready to take this responsibility, but then I learnt that a key to success is to start before you are ready, embracing the challenge, believe in your strengths, assuming the responsibility of your facts, making mistakes, learning the lessons and start all over again.
Having all the above said, it’s not the easiest domain to work in, but if you work with passion, do the extra mile and never stop learning, you’ll be successful and proud of what you do.”
Alexandru Kungl, Accounts Payable Accountant
“I studied multimedia design & communication in Denmark, so my adventure at DB Schenker started when I returned to Romania. It was my wish to be close to the Danish culture and language, so I began working on Accounts Payable, Denmark team. Even though my studies did not involve accounting or finance, I’ve always been passionate about computers, so learning how to use Office suite and different tools was an accessible task for me.
Given the fact that DB Schenker GBS is a company that offers training and multiple learning solutions, it was easy for me to adapt to the requirements of the job. The Junior Accountant role implies to have some calls with the clients, which was strange at the beginning, but I also got accustomed to this part thanks to my team’s support. After getting accustomed to processes, I began giving back to others from my experience and knowledge: I trained new joiners and I’ve been a buddy for the country I was assigned to.
My advice for people wanting to work in the business services sector: even though at first it might seem a lot of information, be patient because week by week you get accustomed to the processes and you wish to learn more. Be open to discover new ways of solving tasks, take the best form the human interaction with people from other countries. Computer skills, analytical thinking and basic knowledge of accounting are highly appreciated, but the desire to learn is the most important.
Talking about extra projects, I wanted to get involved in internal events, so I became an ambassador for our employees’ wellbeing program (Wow Lab). One of my ideas was to organize movie nights and I got the chance to do this. Every month I turn one of our training rooms into a cinema, have a nice time meeting people from other departments and enjoy a movie and a chat with the spectators.”