Yesterday (8th March) we celebrated International Women’s Day and wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic ladies that work at AGRO Merchants and share their stories.

Nadine Stanway, Zone Manager, AGRO Merchants Whitchurch

Q: Tell us a bit about your background.

Nadine: 5 years ago I was a full time mum, I took a part time cleaning role at a business called Wincanton, which is also a Warehouse and Distribution business. An opportunity soon became available within the Customer Service Returns team, I applied and was successful. I soon realised that being sat at a desk all-day wasn’t for me, I also realised that to help reduce the amount of returns we were receiving I needed to be in the thick of it, so moved myself into the warehouse in order to help address the issues before they were distributed.

I soon realised that the warehouse function was where I belonged, I liked the fast paced nature of the role and the diversity that came with it. I moved into a role as a Team Leader then into an Interim Shift Manager role having been approached by my then Manager. I briefly moved to XPO, again another Warehouse and Distribution centre then came to AGRO Merchants in June 2019 as a Zone Manager.

Q: What does your role entail and what skills are important to have in your role?

Nadine: I currently run 2 zones with approximately 25 people, I am responsible for the running of the operation in those zones, getting stock in and out whilst ensuring high standard of Health, Safety and Quality at all times.

It’s important to be very versatile in my role, I can be dealing with operational issues & people problems all whilst needing to attend meetings and ensuring I am engaging and motivating my staff to deliver the best service we can.

Q: What do you like about your job?

Nadine: My job is never boring! I feel that’s one of the main things logistics can offer, every day is different and it only takes one thing to change the course of your day. We face daily challenges that require quick thinking and a proactive mind.

40% of my role is dealing with people, they are the essential wheels in the cog hence why it is so important for me to spend valuable time with them, developing them as individuals and building a strong team.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to a woman thinking of starting a job in cold storage / logistics?

Nadine: Go for it! It can be seen as a man’s world but I see it as a great career path with lots of opportunities to succeed if you are willing to put in the effort. Regardless of gender, we all have our own strengths and a balance is key to deliver a successful operation.