A chance to travel and improve her English skills was just the ticket for Germany’s Jennifer Grant.
Grant completed the Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management at RMIT and now works at Mercedes Benz in Dusseldorf.
Developments in the electric car movement and technological advances to manufacturing lines means the auto industry is in an exciting time of change. For Grant, this can translate to a hefty workload at times.
“I am currently working on the tender and implementation of a logistics service provider to containerise import parts for the production in the US plant,” she said.
“The job is very diverse, including long hours and sometimes stressful days, but I’m enjoying the project work and international aspect.”
Grant completed her masters degree in 2014 after relocating from her home in Germany to study in Melbourne.
Grant had previously completed a degree in Business Administration and was working in a logistics role at Mercedes-Benz, a division of German multinational auto company Daimler.
As part of a corporate incentive, Grant was able to complete her study and return to Daimler after finishing. When she returned to Germany, Grant says her experience at RMIT elevated her professional standing.
“The masters degree gave me deep background knowledge in logistics processes as well as used systems and technologies,” she said.
“I also gained contract knowledge for international trade and transport which was helpful for the team I’m in now.
“Additionally, I gained confidence in my English skills.”
Grant still works in logistics at Mercedes Benz, but is now part of the international supply and customs team. She is currently planning a new supply chain concept for imported deliveries to a Mercedes Benz plant in South Carolina, in the US.
Grant says her postgraduate study was a once in a lifetime opportunity that she would recommend to other international students.
“I liked the good organisation at RMIT, the close contact to the teachers, the location of the city campus as well as the new Swanston Academic Building,” she said.
“It was a great experience for me to go back to studying and to experience a different culture.”