PML nurtures the next generation of logistics high- flyers

Joseph (Joe) Sanders joined PML when he was 18 years old.

He left school at 16 with the express intent of joining the logistics sector, after his interest in pursuing a career in logistics was piqued by his father who worked in the industry for 40 years. Joe joined a local firm to embark upon a two-year course to become an Import Clerk but upon completion of the training, there were no full-time positions available for a fully trained clerk.

Joe first heard about PML via a competitor logistics firm, as word was spreading fast on the industry grapevine that this was the business to join if you were committed to forging a career in logistics and supply chain solutions.

He applied for the position of Import Clerk and has now been with PML for a year and three months, based at the company’s Heathrow HQ and working in PML’s thriving air freight division.

First impressions upon starting the job were that it represents a really friendly working environment with a strong ethos on team building and helping individuals to attain their full potential. Joe underwent a formal and comprehensive induction which enabled him to understand the roles and responsibilities of all the various departments at PML and meet other members of staff outside of his own team. 

Working within a team of five or six Import Clerks who are all of a similar age to Joe, he reports directly to the Shift Manager. Training is ongoing in the role and he is currently close to achieving his Level CO certificate via an online course which he has followed studying both during office hours and at home. PML has also provided Joe with access to in-house courses in health and safety and fire safety – with Joe hoping to become a Fire Marshall in the future.

Although his position is within the air freight department, there have been opportunities for Joe to expand his knowledge by helping out in the sea freight team. Citing Operations Director Ryan Parr as his role model, Joe says, “the prospects at PML are excellent, as evidenced by the success of Ryan Parr who also joined the business at 18 and became a Director of the company at the age of 25. Ryan is a clear champion of building the confidence and capabilities of any younger team members who show the required tenacity, determination, and ability to reach the next level.

Ryan explains, “If you are prepared to work hard and shoulder the responsibility associated with your job – even if that means owning up when things don’t go according to plan – there’s a clear pathway for progression at PML. I love the fact that the junior members of the team still have a voice and are always listened to. The future looks bright.”

Joe has the final say, “I’m excited about the future growth and expansion of PML and the opportunities that lie ahead for me within the company.”