Through Alex's years at Harbor, he has held various roles starting as a Procurement Intern and working his way up to his current role as a Logistics Manager.
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Path of Progress: Alex Johnson

March 13, 2024

Through Alex’s years at Harbor, he has held various roles starting as a Procurement Intern and working his way up to his current role as a Logistics Manager.

Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now?

A: My time at Harbor started in Procurement where we worked closely with the logistics department. Over time, when permitted, I was able to sit down and job-shadow the previous logistics manager allowing me to get a better understanding of the day-to-day process and the industry. I eventually started lending a hand with projects like collecting data for analysis, communicating with carriers, and stepping in where needed. This provided the experience needed to take on the Logistics Manager role when it became available.

Q: How long have you been with Harbor?

A: 6.5 years

Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?

A: Harbor allows you the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone to try new things. Communicating with your manager about something you are interested in and want to learn more about can go a long way. Whether it’s within your current department or not, they can help you find time to explore your interests.

Q: What roles have you held at Harbor?

A: Procurement Intern, Replenishment Buyer, Pricing and Logistics Specialist, Northlink Logistics – Logistics Manager

Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor?

A: I believe collaboration is the most important quality to succeed at Harbor. Every day you face a new challenge that requires you to problem-solve with other departments, customers, and our vendors. Having the skill of collaborating well with others leads to improved productivity, creativity, while also building strong connections. Trust is also built through collaboration which goes a long way as you continue your journey at Harbor.

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