I’ve always wanted to be a warehouse manager

9. November 2020

I’ve always wanted to be a warehouse manager

It’s been all go for Benjamin Vukovic, 29, since he was employed as a section manager at Frode Laursen’s warehouse in Angered in 2019.

A few months later, his manager left Frode Laursen, and the position as warehouse manager for Gothenburg became vacant.

Benjamin was offered the position, and even though he was basically ready to say yes there and then, he wanted to go home first and ask his girlfriend whether she was OK with all the extra hours and responsibilities he would be taking on as warehouse manager.

 “But she said yes. She knows me, of course. I’ve always wanted to have a career and challenge myself. I’m familiar with the industry from my father, I’ve been working in warehouses since I was very young, and my plan has always been to become a warehouse manager by the time I was 35 years old at the latest.”

Even though Benjamin has fulfilled his ambition eight years early, he had no doubts that he was up to the task.

“I knew I was ready. Of course, I still have a lot to learn, but I also think that, in addition to being extremely dedicated, I possess two things which are important to succeeding in the role: An in-depth knowledge of the industry and an ability to understand people,” he says, and continues:

“In addition, I’ve always had good people around me. There are a lot of skilled and committed employees here in Stenkullen and Angered who have helped me a lot, and at the same time I’ve been able to get a lot of input from my manager and the other warehouse managers.”

Swift implementation of ideas

When you ask Benjamin what sort of a warehouse manager he is, his answer is prompt:

 “Well, you see, that’s the funny thing. In my mind, a good manager is not a manager, but a leader. It’s important for me that my employees know what my plans are. Of course, I’m the one who makes the decisions, but I always like listening to suggestions from the employees. After all, they often have the knowledge which is needed to solve a specific problem.”

And Benjamin likes the fact that everyone is able to suggest ideas, and that they can then be swiftly implemented.

  “I love working for Frode Laursen. At my previous workplace, there were always lots of meetings and discussions backwards and forwards before anything was done. Here, a picker might suggest something one day, and the next day it’s implemented,” he says, and adds:

“Also, I really like the culture here. I like the fact that people don’t beat about the bush, but speak frankly. I’m very much in favour of clear leadership.”