Career Paths - Online Distribution

Career Pathways within Online Distribution

 

Click below to learn first hand how some of our Onliners have taken opportunities to grow their careers at Online Distribution.

Tom Green

Operations Manager - Christchurch

Robyn Pay

Office Manager/PA

Michael Niupopo

Site Manager

Lance Knyvett

National Quality and Inventory Manager

Jesse Strickland

Operations Manager - Northern

Jason Reid

H&S and Compliance Manager

Jasmin Mita

Payroll & Accts Administrator and Key Client Support

Ifigao Vaili

Site Manager

David Potter

Freight Network and Solutions Manager

Cushla Brown

Accounts Manager

Tom Green

Operations Manager - Christchurch

  • When did you start with Online?
    • 8.00am Monday 16th November 2009
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received?
    • I have always had consistent help from mentors who have supported my career development. There is plenty of support from the Management team and my peers whenever needed, and this has been influential in my training as I have been easily able to ask questions about the business and industry.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • The variety of work I do daily. I turn up for work and always get to do something interesting and challenging. Also I work with a great group of people company-wide.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Stepping into an Operations Management role in 2018 and managing several business units across multiple locations in Christchurch.
  • How would you describe the culture at Online?
    • A progressive organization that is keen on nurturing Staff and their development
  • If you could describe Online as an employer with one word, what would it be?
    • Progressive

Location

Christchurch

Robyn Pay

Office Manager/PA

  • When did you start with Online?
    • February 2015
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received ?
    • After a long career in local government, I was looking for something different. I started here on a three-month fixed term contract in what was then a newly-created role – and have never left! The role has evolved a lot over time, particularly as the company has grown. I have been supported to build the role, identifying what is required and working with a variety of people and teams across the company to add value and implement improvements and changes. There are no two days the same, and I’ve learnt so much in my time here.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • I’d identify two things – firstly, the encouragement and support I have had from management in my time here. And secondly, I’d have to say all the great people here – on any day I could work alongside our Directors, management, the team here in the office and all our hard working teams in the warehouses – and they all do their very best for the company every day.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • My greatest achievement is being able to help others do their jobs better every day – that’s what a support role is all about.
  • How would you describe the culture at Online?
    • The culture at this family-owned company is supportive and friendly. We all work hard, we are appreciated and we have fun.
  • If you could describe Online as an employer with one word, what would it be?
    • Supportive

Location

Christchurch

Michael Niupopo

Site Manager

  • When did you start with Online?
    • March 2017
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received ?
    • I started as a Trainee Site Manager for FP2, then after a couple of years I moved into a 2IC role for FP1. I am currently the Site Manager for SD3.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • Definitely the people. The diversity is great within the company. As well as the nature of the job – the fast-paced environment means that there are new challenges every day so there is always something new to learn, each day that you’re on-site
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Reaching the Site Manager role that I am currently in
  • How would you describe the culture at Online?
    • We all look to put in towards the final goal as a team – no one employee is forced to get the job done alone, as the employees who are also on-site will look to work as a team to finish the job

Location

Auckland

Lance Knyvett

National Quality and Inventory Manager

  • When did you start with Online?
    • I started in 2016 as a Client Manager in our Freight Place 2 warehouse, Auckland.
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received ?
    • The Auckland region was growing quickly in 2016/2017 with new sites being added a Savill Drive 2 and Savill Drive 3. In early 2017 I was appointed as the Freight Place 2 Site Manager and in 2018 took on the management of a second site (Savill 3 and then Freight Place 1). Online provides an environment which promotes problem solving. The flexible working environment on site allows for people to take initiative and be involved in a wide variety of activities. Management encourages a “can do” attitude, so anyone who comes into the business and loves finding solutions will excel. At the beginning of 2020 I relocated to Christchurch and took on the management of Port Hills 2 and Port Hills 3 sites. After five years in site management roles, I transitioned to a national inventory position within our central team in 2021, and was promoted to national quality and inventory manager in 2023.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of the role. We have a wide variety of clients with differing requirements. As technology changes and the needs of our clients change there are continually opportunities to improve our service.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Its hard to pin down one as it seems like we are constantly updating our warehouse. Recently consolidating our Jipcho Road warehouse to Port Hills in 2020 and the associated moves was a big achievement. Overall, however I’d say my biggest achievement has been working across a variety of our sites and training different 2IC’s over that time. We now have 6 managers in the business who I’ve worked with previously and it is great to see them thriving.
  • How would you describe the culture at Online?
    • Small enough to care and know everyone.
  • If you could describe Online as an employer with one word, what would it be?
    • Genuine

Location

Christchuch

Jesse Strickland

Operations Manager - Northern

Jesse started with Online in a casual role in October 2009, and worked on and off until he completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting in 2012.  At the end of 2012 he went to Auckland to help out with the summer season for one of our major clients.In January 2013 Jesse joined our Trainee Manager Programme, based at Freight Place in Auckland. He was promoted to 2IC in March 2013 and then Manager in June 2014. As a Manager, his role included running one of our biggest warehouses over the summer season, coaching new staff and creating efficiencies in our Freight Place operation. Further promotion followed, and Jesse is now the Operations Manager for our Northern Region.Since joining Online, Jesse has not only gained knowledge and experience in warehousing, but also business in general and says “I enjoy applying what I have learned from my studies into a proper business setting”. 
  • What did you know about Online before you joined?
    • Initially I didn’t know much at all. I was aware of Online as a company but had no idea exactly what the company did.
  • How has Online supported your career?
    • Very well. I was fortunate enough to walk into a job which can provide significant opportunity for career progression. This is something which is surprisingly hard to do for many graduates.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Progressing as far as I have in such a short amount of time.
  • What do you enjoy most about working for Online?
    • I enjoy a number of things about working here. I enjoy the fast-paced nature of the business as I’m constantly faced with a number of new challenges. Also I enjoy having the opportunity to work closely with such a variety of clients, companies and people.

Location

Auckland

Jason Reid

H&S and Compliance Manager

Location

Christchurch

Jasmin Mita

Payroll & Accts Administrator and Key Client Support

Jasmin Mita joined Online as a casual storeperson in our Auckland branch in March 2008. During her casual employment, Jasmin learnt to pick and pack for a wide range of clients and began to develop her administration skills, which enabled her to be flexible in moving around the sites where needed.In 2009 an administration role opened up and Jasmin was quickly promoted to this position. In this role, she was responsible for invoicing, order pool management, posting orders, customer service and stock control. During this time our Auckland Branch was growing steadily and a change in site management created another opportunity. With her considerable knowledge of Online’s clients and processes she was ready to move into a 2IC role in February 2011.By June 2011, Jasmin was offered the opportunity to become Trainee Site Manager for Auckland’s newly-established Freight Place 2 warehouse. She completed her Trainee Programme while working full time in a very busy site, and in November 2011 she was officially recognised as the Site Manager of Freight Place 2. This was a great achievement for Jasmin and demonstrates the value of spending time learning the business from the floor upwards.  After 18 months running Freight Place 2, Jasmin requested a transfer to Christchurch to be closer to her family. She moved to Christchurch to run our second largest site at Port Hills Road, and has since taken up the role of Site Manager at our largest Christchurch site – Port Hills 1.Alongside her daily responsibilities, she is now using her considerable skills to mentor and support our new Trainee Site Managers. 
  • What did you know about Online before you joined?
    • A bit, I had been around Online since I was 7 years old and had worked for Online Christchurch in the school holidays when I was 14, completing data entry. I also had other family members who worked for Online.
  • How has Online supported your career?
    • Online created the opportunities for me to get to where I am today – without these I would not be a site manager.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Becoming a site manager, which was never in my original plans. I did not think when I started with Online Auckland that I would one day become a site manager!
  • What do you enjoy most about working for Online?
    • Definitely the people, I have a great team behind me which creates a great working environment.

Ifigao Vaili

Site Manager

  • When did you start with Online?
    • I think it was mid-year 2012 as a casual at Freight Place.
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received ?
    • I was a casual during my years in university from 2012 to 2016. Became a Trainee Site Manager in 2017 and then 2IC later that year for FP1. 2020 was the year I became the Site Manager for SD2, and I am currently managing both SD2 and SD3.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • My SD teams are the best and I enjoy working with my colleagues in our AKL management team
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • Becoming a Site Manager. Doubted myself many times about this position, but I had my manager and team at the time supporting me all the way which gave me confidence to take on the challenge.
  • How would you describe the culture at Online?
    • Everyone at Online helps each other as best as they can. Just glad I can rely on my peers to help me get the job done.
  • If you could describe Online as an employer with one word, what would it be?
    • Supportive! Always had my back when I needed them 😊

Location

Auckland

David Potter

Freight Network and Solutions Manager

  • When did you start with Online?
    • November 2015
  • Tell us about your career growth with Online and the support you have received ?
    • I joined Online Distribution under the Trainee Site Manager programme and worked across a number of sites in Christchurch in the following 2.5 years before being offered an analytical support role in the Southern Regional Office. After a restructure the following year, I was then offered an analytical role in the Central Office supporting the company in its freight endeavours.
  • What are your favorite things about working with Online?
    • I believe people are the most important part of any company and any company can be judged by the way it treats its employees. So my favourite thing about working for Online Distribution is the relatively flat organisational structure the company adopts. This results in people across all levels across Online Distribution being approachable and all employees being cared for and part of the Online family.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online to date?
    • On a personal note, it would be being recognised and offered new roles in my career here.
  • If you could describe Online as an employer with one word, what would it be?
    • Family-Oriented

Location

Christchurch

Cushla Brown

Accounts Manager

Cushla joined Online Distribution as a school leaver in November 1995. Since then she has worked in a variety of roles for us. She began as an office junior then moved into one of our warehouses to ‘pick and pack’ and assist with stocktaking. She has assisted in all areas of our Support Office, organised functions, carried out supplier reviews, administered payroll, provided human resources support, as well as client customer service.Her current role as Accounts Manager involves management of accounts receivable and payable, administering staff payroll, processing our company accounts and reporting to the management team. And in 2016, with the support of Online Distribution, Cushla started part-time study at Canterbury University. 
  • What did you know about Online Distribution before you joined?
    • Absolutely nothing!  Online Distribution was a very small company when I started, with only 3 Christchurch warehouses and 8 staff – very different from where it is today.
  • How has Online Distribution supported your career?
    • My employers at Online Distribution have been very supportive throughout my career.  I have had 2 children since starting here and both times Online has been so accommodating and flexible, allowing me to alter my work life to suit my home commitments. As I started my job straight from school, I never had time to further my studies, which is something I have always wanted to do. Online Distribution fully supports and encourages this and I am now studying part-time at Canterbury University, with the end goal gaining a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. I couldn’t do this without Online’s support and flexibility, which is something I have been hugely grateful for and believe sets them apart from many other companies.
  • What has been your biggest achievement working for Online Distribution to date?
    • I have had so many achievements over the years, it is hard to choose just one. However one that stands out would have to be completing and finalising our company accounts. This is a big job that provides a huge sense of achievement and relief when completed every year.
  • What do you enjoy most about working for Online Distribution?
    • It has to be the people. Online Distribution has such a great bunch of staff who make so easy to come to work every day. Even though the company has grown so much since I started, it still manages to maintain that close family feel, which is fantastic. The company must be doing something right if it can still keep me interested after so many years!

Location

Christchurch