All of our Sofologists have a story to tell, from the IT department through to our Warehouse operatives, everyone’s journey and career is different. We celebrate these differences and explore the varying paths people have taken in their careers to reach where they are today.
Meet Chris, Warehouse Manager at our Golborne depot. He’s worked at Sofology since 2007, starting as a Warehouse Operative on a temporary basis. Initially he’d planned to stay for 6 months; he was a groundworker and was waiting for his next building project to commence.
After the 6 month period, Chris decided to stay with Sofology, wanting to progress his career with us. He saw Sofology as a company that was constantly trying to improve and evolve, and he could sense that there were great opportunities for progression and advancement in the business. What’s more, he became good friends with his team; they were people he trusted and colleagues he enjoyed working with daily.
From that point on, Chris, along with his fellow operatives, worked hard picking products from the warehouse ready for delivery, as well as loading and unloading hundreds of delivery vans, ensuring our customers received their sofas on time and in pristine condition.
With encouragement from Paul James, our then Depot Manager and now Health and Safety manager, Chris’ progression continued when he was asked to be a Team Leader, and this eventually lead to a promotion to a supervisor position. His career has recently reached new heights, becoming Warehouse Manager of our Golborne depot in January 2019. Chris is thankful for the time Jamie Goodger, Customer Operations Manager, invested in him as well as for offering him the Warehouse Manager position.
Chris has seen success at Sofology, but he isn’t complacent. He took advantage of some brilliant opportunities working for Sofology to pursue qualifications, achieving his NVQ level 2 in Logistics and Operations and an NVQ level 3 in Management in Logistics and Operations. He’s now working on his BITS (Business Improvement Techniques) qualification in the hope of developing his management skills in his new role.
For Chris, “Success is having a team who buys into and understands what you are trying to achieve. It’s having good relationships and mutual respect between all departments you deal with. Most importantly, it’s people having faith in my work and my knowledge of the job I do.”
Discover more about our warehouse operatives, and find the right role for you over on Sofology Careers.