A day in the life of Cameron Clark, Port Management Graduate, Port of Southampton.

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Can you tell us more about what you did before you joined ABP?

Before joining ABP, I completed a BA in Business Management, followed by an MSc in Marketing and Innovation at the University of Winchester.

What did you find most appealing about a graduate scheme at ABP? How did you hear about the opportunities available?

The graduate scheme was appealing because of the wide range of development opportunities it provides, including being able to attain valuable experience in many departments (Operations, Strategy, Commercial, Projects & Marine) and work across ABP’s three regions in multiple locations

I found out about the opportunity through a Facebook advertisement.

Additionally, working in the port industry was an attractive proposition, as it involves being part of international trade network and consequently supporting the company’s mission of #KeepingBritainTrading.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

I will refer to my time in Southampton’s Operations department as I have recently joined the Strategy team.

The Operations placement has given me the opportunity to work on a variety of significant projects such as attracting an automotive manufacturer to the port, as well as infrastructure developments. Additionally, taking ownership of a variety of operational projects such as redesigning the central receiving area, analysing first-time start frequencies of second-hand Grimaldi cargo and organising compound relocations has provided me with strong developmental opportunities. Every day is different on the port, however, the tasks frequently revolve around communicating with key customers to ensure they are being provided with the best possible service.

What’s the most exciting project you are currently working on?

The most exciting project that I am currently working on is the redesigning and organisation of the central receiving project, which I hold full ownership of. This involves hosting a series of meetings with key stevedoring organisations to derive the solution of introducing zone allocation to communal areas. Computer aided designs were created to best utilise the quayside space through angled cargo lanes and develop an efficient one-way traffic flow for hauliers. Furthermore, this layout redesign will ultimately benefit our customers by helping to reduce the frequency of third party damages to their cargo and provide area ownership which will enable greater area management.

Who would you say is your role model/somebody you find inspiring in the maritime/business world?

I have to say, there are too many good role models to choose from within ABP.

I’m inspired by Alison Rumsey, our Chief Human Resources Officer and her extensive career in executive roles across a variety of sectors as well as her dedication to developing young professionals in the organisation.

Another great role model is Craig Barbour, Port of Southampton General Manager who has significant knowledge of the port industry, having worked across the country in numerous positions. Craig has installed a continuous improvement mentality in his team and takes the time to build everyone’s knowledge.

Spencer Haysom, Landside Planning Manager also has significant experience at the Port of Southampton, progressing through numerous positions after starting as a Civil Engineer. His consistent dedication to delivering a high standard of service to our customers is inspiring.

Last but not least, Henrik Pedersen, ABP’s Chief Executive Officer is a great role model. I find his leadership style very admirable, as it makes him very approachable and relatable to all levels of the organisation. He is consciously striving to develop ABP by implementing exciting change in his new strategy.

 

What’s the most exciting project you are currently working on?

The most exciting project that I am currently working on is the redesigning and organisation of the central receiving project, which I hold full ownership of. This involves hosting a series of meetings with key stevedoring organisations to derive the solution of introducing zone allocation to communal areas. Computer aided designs were created to best utilise the quayside space through angled cargo lanes and develop an efficient one-way traffic flow for hauliers. Furthermore, this layout redesign will ultimately benefit our customers by helping to reduce the frequency of third party damages to their cargo and provide area ownership which will enable greater area management.

Who would you say is your role model/somebody you find inspiring in the maritime/business world?

I have to say, there are too many good role models to choose from within ABP.

I’m inspired by Alison Rumsey, our Chief Human Resources Officer and her extensive career in executive roles across a variety of sectors as well as her dedication to developing young professionals in the organisation.

Another great role model is Craig Barbour, Port of Southampton General Manager who has significant knowledge of the port industry, having worked across the country in numerous positions. Craig has installed a continuous improvement mentality in his team and takes the time to build everyone’s knowledge.

Spencer Haysom, Landside Planning Manager also has significant experience at the Port of Southampton, progressing through numerous positions after starting as a Civil Engineer. His consistent dedication to delivering a high standard of service to our customers is inspiring.

Last but not least, Henrik Pedersen, ABP’s Chief Executive Officer is a great role model. I find his leadership style very admirable, as it makes him very approachable and relatable to all levels of the organisation. He is consciously striving to develop ABP by implementing exciting change in his new strategy.

If you could give some advice to young people who would like to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?

Achieve the highest grades and level of education that you possibly can, show initiative and work hard.

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