In recent years, several studies have demonstrated that having more female leaders, board members, managers and supervisors leads to better business outcomes.

The transport and logistics profession is typically described as a non-traditional employment pathway for women. This prevailing view, is supported by a perception that because the majority of employees in this industry are men, most work in this industry is stereo-typically male.  MacAndrews continues to strive to pave the road ahead for women in transport and logistics. Transforming the image of the sector, gender stereotypes and unfair workplace practices is a mammoth of a task.

However, with strong leadership commitment and action, it is possible gradually to remove barriers that prevent the broader participation of women.

Looking forward, the inclusion of women in transport and logistics is not only a business imperative, but also increasingly part of a global opus to promote inclusive and sustainable economic development.

Wednesday, we celebrate International Women’s Day with a feature article on the women of MacAndrews. Discover our first interview with Maria Jesus Romero, Operations Manager in our Valencia office.

  • Tell me how you first got involved in with the world of shipping ?                      

When i finished my University studies i heard that shipping was a very interesting sector. I made my application to MacAndrews and I was selected to a job in operations department here.

  • What was your first impression of MacAndrews ?

I thought that it was a company that could offer me the possibility of developing a professional career to complete my life project

  • What’s your first memory of your role at MacAndrews ?

I thought it was a very specific and a complex area

  • How do you feel about the logistics and transport industry as a whole when it comes to equality ?

I feel that I belong to a sector that fortunately evolves along the same direction as the rest of society where the role of women is increasingly in relevant positions

  • What has surprised you most about working with MacAndrews ?

To belong to a team always ready to help.

  • What do you find most challenging about your role at MacAndrews ?

The ability to adapt to a changing environment

  • What’s the best/worst thing to happen since you started working with MacAndrews ?

The great growth that the company has experienced

  • What do you wish other people knew about the operations world of MacAndrews ?

 It is not a routine job

  • Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working here at MacAndrews.

  I have met people who have brought me technical knowledge, but I have also met people who have taught me a lot about myself

  • What might (someone) be surprised to know about you ?

  I love dancing.

  • What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining MacAndrews ?

It is a job for people willing to perform multipurpose tasks

  • How do you think the MacAndrews Vision 2020 of over the next five years will affect your role ?

The company is in the process of expansion and it is foreseeable that more lines of business will be included, affecting in greater complexity for the departments of operations

  • If you weren’t in shipping, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like ?

Maybe I would work on something related to psychology

  • How would (someone) describe you ?

I am orderly and responsible

  • What do you do when you aren’t at work/What are you hobbies/sport ?

Mostly spend a quality time with my family and friends

  • If you won the lottery, what would your first purchase be ?

A trip with my husband and children

Find our next interviews on wednesday and friday

You can also visit the official website of the International Women’s Day