Through Chelsea’s years at Harbor, she started as a Replenishment Buyer for Candy/Beverage in July of 2011, working various roles in between, and moving to her current role as Brands Manager.
Q: How long have you been with Harbor?
A: 11 years
Q: What roles have you held at Harbor?
A: Replenishment buyer for candy/beverage, Category Manager for: beverage, cooler, frozen, grocery edible, grocery non-edible, grab & go, snacks, then Brands Manager.
Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now?
A: I took the time to listen and learn. By watching how others went about things, I observed what worked and what didn’t and learned what effective communication looks like. By trying a lot of different types of systems, processes, tasks, strategies, I learned not only what my strengths are, but what I enjoy the most.
Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor?
A: Being proactive. Don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something. If something needs doing, do it. Look for ways to improve things. Can things be done more efficiently or effectively? If so, then put a plan together. Don’t be shy about sharing your ideas. Even if your suggestion can’t be implemented for some reason, it shows that you are motivated (one of our Harbor values!) and can think outside the box.
Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?
A: I think for the most successful folks, advancement for the sake of a title change or “climbing the ladder” is not the main objective in showing up for work every day. Instead, it is almost more of a byproduct. If you dedicate yourself to doing your job to the best of your ability, show you are willing to learn and solve problems, treat others how you would want to be treated, you’re bound to go places.