What does your day-to-day job involve?
The day begins early, with emails flying in from Singapore and Europe, and then later from the Americas. I make sure each team is operating efficiently, harmoniously and within its guidelines to offer our clients the best possible service.
I negotiate with logistics providers and resolve logistics issues, review service contracts, and make sure orders are executed correctly. I’m often troubleshooting, challenging and changing ways of working, and introducing best practices.
Why work for ED&F Man?
I would say the best thing about working at ED&F Man is the opportunities they offer.
ED&F Man is not an organisation, but an institution – and I’m proud to be a part of it. It has heritage, and a pedigree that gains industry respect.
Although a global business, you feel like you work for a family organisation. Soon after joining, it becomes apparent how the company creates passion in you. My working environment is almost comparable to a social one – many colleagues have become friends. You can’t find this everywhere!
How would you describe ED&F Man’s culture?
Very multicultural. It’s full of characters from all over the world. It’s a fast-paced environment, but you never feel alone and are always supported by your team, management and senior executives.
Being as old as it is, it has an honest feel to it; the company trusts its employees to achieve their goals. You always feel respected and supported.
ED&F Man makes people feel part of the company, and promotes communication, ethics, trust and teamwork. It’s a very meritocratic organisation.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to work for ED&F Man?
Very simple: if you’re looking for a career here, be mobile, creative and motivated, with a desire to achieve at the highest levels. My role in operations has allowed me the freedom to express and harness my skills further for the organisation.
It’s a rewarding organisation both financially and personally, with the capacity and geographic presence to offer opportunities in a demanding and evolving environment. You’ll never be the same after joining ED&F Man!
Jatin came through our 'group development programme', which trains talented individuals to be future leaders of our businesses. To find out more, visit our group development programme page here.