Jorge Lázaro Ibáñez, a former Master in Management student from the February 2016 Intake, started as a Logistic Manager at Inditex in January 2017. Inditex’s headquarter where Jorge is currently working, is located in the north of Spain in Arteixo, La Coruña.
He had previous experience in the Hospitality industry as Manager Assistant in Austin, TX. However, after his Master at IE, he decided to change completely his career path and shift to the Retail industry focusing on Logistics. Jorge has shared with us his story and how he achieved his career success at Inditex.
Q: Can you please tell us briefly about your new job?
A: Currently, I am working at Inditex in the Import/Export and Transport department. This department makes sure that all the stores around the world get new clothes twice a week. It is a fast-paced environment where you need to adapt and solve multiple issues that arise during the transportation process from the logistics center to the stores.
Q: Has your personal career strategy always been focused on this job? How does this new job fit into your career strategy?
A: At IE my specialization was International Business because I wanted to work in a company that operated around the world. And this is exactly what Inditex has given me: an opportunity to constantly communicate with all coworkers and business partners around the world.
Every day I am in touch with people from different countries, this international work environment makes me learn a lot. Besides this, it is a department where you can move from one position to another so you can have a full understanding of all the processes.
Once they see that you are confident handling a specific task, they move you to the next one so you do not have time to accommodate. It is a great chance for recent graduates to figure out what you like.
Q: How did you find out about this job opportunity?
A: I found this job opportunity thanks to an email sent by Mariola Díez from IE Talent & Careers.
Q: How did Talent & Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process? Did you use specific career resources or did you come across useful information via an Advisor or Alumni?
A: As I found this opportunity very interesting, I contacted Mariola and she helped me out to change a few details in my CV to make it more suitable for Inditex.
Q: How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc.?
A: After I applied through IE, I got an email to make a first interview via Skype. It was during summer and after 20 minutes they told me that the program started in September. The problem I saw was that I was from the February intake so the program did not work for me. Nevertheless, the recruiter told me that I had a good profile so we agreed that once I finish my master, we would talk again.
In October, I had a second Skype interview with the director of the department. After that interview, I did not hear from them until I sent an email in December letting them know that I was about to graduate and asking if they still had any vacancy.
A couple of weeks later, they called me to have a third interview with another colleague from the department. At the beginning of January, I received an offer to work with them.
On the first Interview I had during summer 2016, they asked me about myself and my professional experience. In the second interview (the most important one), they asked me about my interest in Logistics and the position within the company. For the third interview, they were focused on my international experience and the career path I would like to follow, making questions like Where do you see yourself in five years?
Q: Would you want to share any tips or advice with students interested in applying to Inditex? To your job position in particular?
A: Inditex is a fast company, you need to be able to adapt and do not be afraid to make mistakes, which is normal.
They value proactive behavior, since day one you have responsibilities, you are in charge of many things so you need to step up your game. You need to be comfortable getting out of your comfort zone and know how to deal with stress. If so, this is the place for you to work at.
You need to show that you can handle work under pressure, a good attitude to face problems, and most important being able to adapt to all circumstances. If you fit this profile, Inditex will offer you plenty of opportunities to grow.
Inditex is a Spanish multinational fashion retailer headquartered in Arteixo, Galicia. Being the biggest fashion group in the world, Inditex operates over 7,504 stores in 94 markets worldwide and employs around 162,000 people.
Zara is the company’s flagship store, but there are several other known chains that also belong to Inditex, as for example: Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius and Uterqüe.
The majority of its stores are corporate-owned, while franchises are mainly conceded in countries where corporate properties cannot be foreign-owned. The company’s business model is unique and works as follows: instead of committing a large percentage of production for the next fashion season, the company commits a small amount and uses customer feedback and an efficient production network to replenish stores with new and different products weekly.