Employee Spotlight: Florian Poama-Neagra
Our Employee Spotlight series continues! Meet Shift Operations Manager Florian Poama-Neagra, one of our recent new joiners here at HIVED.
Tell us a little about yourself — what do you do in your spare time?
Everyone in the team already knows this, but besides my love for logistics, I also have a creative side. I used to be a professional dancer, and I am a trained actor!
How did you first learn about HIVED, and what initially drew you to the job?
One of my colleagues from my previous job told me she had a new job and was in love with their culture and vision. She recommended I would have a look into it — so within the same day, I read everything I could find online about HIVED, fell in love, and decided to apply. So thank you, Tani, for recommending me to apply here!
Describe your role and what you're doing at HIVED?
I am a Shift Operations Manager! My daily job is to ensure smooth delivery in our live operations, where I'm working in direct contact with our drivers, customers and senders.
What's one thing that surprised you about working here?
This may sound silly, but I was surprised that the company and job descriptions perfectly matched the reality. Many companies purposefully add extra in their job descriptions to make them sound more appealing, but HIVED delivered what they promised and even more.
What is your favourite part of working at HIVED?
In all honesty, I fell in love with everything and everyone around me since day one, so it will be difficult to choose a favourite part. I have worked in operations before, but what makes this job special is how different every day is. It keeps me focused and gives me the satisfaction that I have achieved something at the end of each shift.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within the company for a day, whose job would you want?
I would like to learn more about everyone's jobs because it's so interesting how we all work in the same office on completely different things but with the same goal. Maybe if I could swap with someone for just a day, it would be with an Operations Excellence Manager. In my previous experience, I had the opportunity to create and implement new processes (on a smaller scale), and I would love to see and be part of that side behind the scenes at HIVED.
What are your goals for the next few months?
As I am still a new joiner, I would first like to ensure that I am in full control of the duties within my role and can support my team. Working in a startup is always exciting because you get to witness how the company grows, and as I love challenges, I look forward to taking on new extra projects in the future.
And lastly, do you have any advice for someone interested in live operations?
Don't worry too much! Live operations require constant focus, and worrying about doing something wrong is a distraction. Even if you feel like you have failed a task or done something wrong, there is always space to learn from it and grow.
Bonus question! Where is your favourite place to be?
I studied and lived in Falmouth, Cornwall, for three years. There is no place like it, and every time I visit, it feels like home.
Want to know what it’s like working in live operations at HIVED? Spend a day with Flo!
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