Sander Vreeberg always had a desire to work abroad. When Mainfreight acquired the Dutch logistics business he was part of, that desire quickly became a reality.
How did your career with Mainfreight get started and where?
I started working for Wim Bosman, a Dutch Logistics company in the Netherlands, which was later acquired by Mainfreight in 2011.
How did you end up in Australia?
I’ve always had the ambition to work abroad. When Mainfreight came into the picture, this quickly became a reality. At the time there was a Global Exchange program which I put my hand up for. This gave me the experience of working and living in Brisbane for a year. My wife and I loved our time in Australia and were lucky enough to have Mainfreight support us in making a permanent move back to Australia - this time ending up in Melbourne.
What have the opportunities meant to you personally and professionally?
Personally I have grown a lot. I’ve learnt that if you want to go places, you need to get out of your comfort zone. My personal growth is making me more valuable to the business which in turn, allows me to progress my career. If you told me five years ago that I’d be where I am now, I wouldn’t have believed you.
How has it been adapting to the Mainfreight culture in a new country?
The culture was a lot more embedded in the Australian business then it was in the Netherlands at that time, as we were transitioning from Wim Bosman to Mainfreight. Luckily for me the Mainfreight culture is a good fit with my personality, so it wasn’t difficult to adapt. I can still be a stubborn Dutchy sometimes and am learning all the time!
Would you do it again if the opportunity came along?
Yes, I wouldn’t even have to think about it.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining Mainfreight?
Think about whether there’s a good fit between your personal beliefs and Mainfreight’s values and culture. Some of the Mainfreight values might not make sense straight away, but chances are are, over time you’ll see they’re there for a good reason (like I said, I’m still learning).
If there is a good fit, anything is possible, just make it happen!
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Operations: Air & Ocean, Domestic Transport, Logistics
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