Employee Spotlight Interview – Ian
Ian Taner - General Manager – Warehousing & Distribution
Tell us about your role with IFC and how long you have been with the business.
I joined IFC Warehousing & Distribution in 2019 as the National Logistics Manager and became General Manager the following year.
I wear many hats in my role but ultimately I’m responsible for supporting the growth of the business – with a view to exceed all expectations in creating a world-class logistics company that continues to attract great staff and clients.
What do you enjoy most about working at IFC?
It’s dynamic work culture and environment – anything is possible.
What drew you to work in the supply chain industry?
I found I had a knack for planning and coordinating early on, and that I really enjoyed the collaboration process as well as the sense of achievement. I started doing an IT degree, then switched to Commerce – at the same time doing some work experience in a warehouse.
The team there were a great bunch (whom I’m still in contact today) and with the help of some good mentors along the way I’ve progressed in the industry ever since. I can truly say I’ve been blessed to have enjoyed a great journey in my career from day one.
Tell us a little about your background and experience.
After my studies I started in supply planning, demand planning, and overall supply chain management before specialising in distribution. I’ve worked for quite a few FMCG multinationals (Revlon, LVMH, Coty, Lindt) as well as Logistics companies (Bollore, DHL).
In your experience working in the industry, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities you’ve come across so far?
The COVID pandemic has certainly been very challenging, especially when dealing with the many supply chain disruptions – but at the same time it has presented opportunities to develop new ways of thinking for our industry.
How do you think IFC differentiates from competitors?
Having worked for the competition – I can say that IFC is a much more versatile and dynamic company. Renzo has built a company founded in an ongoing investment in its people as well as its technology, an unwavering commitment to a higher level of service as well as an ethical approach to servicing the everchanging needs of its clients.
For aspiring professionals interested in a career in the supply chain industry, what advice would you give them to kickstart their journey?
If you’re not sure where you want to be, just start somewhere, and look out for good mentors to help guide your decisions along the way.
What are your hobbies or favourite interests that you enjoy pursuing in your free time?
My wife and I are avid foodies and hikers – so traversing a new mountain range followed by some good food is a perfect day out for me.
Describe your life’s motto in a few words!
I can’t take ownership of this one, but it’s one I like (thanks Lennie):
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
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