Path of Progress: Ashley Sanderson
Through her years at Harbor, Ashley has worked in different roles within the Warehouse and eventually transitioned to her current role as an Accounts Payable Clerk.
Path Of Progress

Path of Progress: Ashley Sanderson

October 31, 2022

Through her years at Harbor, Ashley has worked in different roles within the Warehouse and eventually transitioned to her current role as an Accounts Payable Clerk.

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

A: I felt like my transition was natural within the company, I knew I couldn’t jump straight into an office role when I had no experience about the company or about food distribution in general. My only work experience was retail and being a barista. When looking to advance, I looked for positions I believed I was qualified for while achieving what I was looking for. My time working in the warehouse has certainly helped me in my office positions as I know the process of the outflow of product as well as the incoming. I am able to share my knowledge with my teams and help answer questions when the come up.

Q: How long have you been with Harbor?

A: I have been with Harbor for 5.5 years, I started in April of 2017 when I was 19!

Q: What roles have you held at Harbor?

A: I started in the Warehouse printing Tags as well as being an Order Selector. From there I moved to an inventory role on the PM shift, followed by a change to the AM Receiving Team. From there I decided I would like to be in an office role so I moved to a Customer Service Position. I then transitioned to a position as the Accounting Admin Assistant and my most recent position is an Accounts Payable Clerk.

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

A: I think the most important quality to have is the desire to learn and try new things. I love learning and am always willing to take on more work if I am able to. Harbor has changed so much in the short amount of time that I have been here, I have loved getting to work with new people in different department and seeing how other positions relate to each other as I continue to progress within the company.

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How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? As an intern here at Harbor I was fortunate enough to work on the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System. Working on a project that is so impactful to the daily operations at Harbor I had the opportunity collaborate with several different departments to understand how each department and every individual at Harbor work together to achieve their goals. After school I was unsure on the direction I wanted to take my career, my time as Intern gave me the opportunity to explore my options for a career path and go in the direction that I found best for me. I have been with Harbor for 5 years now and they have been great about allowing individuals to take control of their career path and goals. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? As an intern I was very excited to work and collaborate with so many different people in the company. During my internship I quickly learned the importance of communication and working together as a team to achieve our goals. What roles have you’ve held at Harbor? -Information Technology/Logistics Intern -Business Analyst -Enterprise Systems Analyst -Software Developer What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? Be accepting and excited about change, to be a successful business you go through a lot of change and improvements over time. Harbor has grown a ton over the years, and it has been fun to be a part of the growth and work with so many people that have years of knowledge and experience. Being prepared to take on the challenges of growth will set you up for a successful career at Harbor.
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