Skills shortages and an ageing workforce across the logistics sector mean that staff retention as well as recruitment are essential in maintaining good supply chains countrywide.
A recent report from Skills Dynamic found that 48% of senior supply chain officials across the UK and US were most worried about the loss of critical skills in the industry.
At the forefront of sector innovation, leading logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has recently combined its internal Human Resources (HR) and Recruitment teams to make one new, dynamic team capable of supporting the expanding international firm.
With over five years of experience at Europa, Vanita Dass-Puri has been promoted to head up the expanded HR & Recruitment Team, bringing 15 years of experience to the role.
As Head of HR & Recruitment, Vanita now leads a team of 25 professionals based at Europa’s Head Office in Dartford, as well as the Human Resources Business Partners (HRBP’s) based locally at Europa’s 26 sites in the UK, Europe and internationally.
These HRBPs seamlessly blend the overarching HR function into all operational teams; enabling better staff engagement and stronger business partnerships through facilitating, supporting, and empowering team members across Europa.
On the appointment, Tom Jenkins, Central Services Director, commented: “We are delighted that Vanita has been promoted to become our first Head of HR & Recruitment, ensuring a more seamless experience for new team members joining Europa Worldwide Group, as well as supporting existing staff.
“Vanita has been with Europa for over five years and has made a great impression during that time, from innovatively recruiting in the middle of Covid, to helping support our international growth and expansion.
“She has done a brilliant job of supporting business growth through her leadership and development of the recruitment team and ensuring all vacancies are filled by the inhouse team.”
The change will join up and improve the Europa employee journey as Recruitment, HR, Payroll, Learning and Development will all be part of one structure and one team supporting employees from their very first interview through to their first annual appraisal and throughout the continuous career development that currently sees an employee promoted every week at the business.
As part of the restructure other promotions include: Dee Hayward to Recruitment Manager, Paige Humphris who promoted to HR Business Partner supporting the Southern Branch Region. In addition, Luke Stephens has been seconded to the Learning and Development (L&D) team, as Learning and Development Specialist and Yasmin Parris has joined the Europa team HR Operations Assistant.
Europa has also recently welcomed three new members in the team – Claire French, who has joined as Recruitment Partner, Tara Omed, who has joined as L&D Partner and Nicola Bush who joins as an HRBP.
Europa Worldwide Group is an ambitious independent logistics operator with three divisions, Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, and Europa Warehouse, and has been featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for three years. Europa has invested £5 million in its innovative market-leading product, Europa Flow, providing a frictionless flow of goods between the EU and the UK post Brexit. The group employs over 1,400 people with 26 offices in the UK, and the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and internationally in Hong Kong, China and the UAE. The global operator recently reported a record turnover of £316m for the last 12 months, as of August 2022, and remains on track with its ambitious investment programme.
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