The long Way to Australia

The team leader of Organisation provides insight views into the world of logistics.

Enes, you are the team manager of the project’s organisation department. Why did you decide to join exactly this team and how are things at the moment?

Initially, I was interested in the field of mechanics to gain and improve my technical knowledge; however, the organisation department does suit much better my field of studies: “International Business and Management”. After 1.5 years I can tell that, no matter of the actual expert team, every member of the team learns a lot on various levels. At first I was basically alone with the team’s organisation; nowadays I lead a team of eight people, which makes us the biggest organisation team of the SolarCar Project in Bochum. Every single member is needed to accomplish the many tasks waiting for us.

What are your main tasks?

Until last week we were busy organizing the Rollout in July and at the same time we were supporting the technical teams by preparing food, while they could concentrate solely on the construction of the SolarCar. The planning for Australia – from booking the accommodations to shipping the equipment – is a further major challenge for us. All of these tasks need to be handled at the same time.

With which kind of problems are you confronted while doing your work?

The general conditions in Australia are constantly changing and we have to respond quickly to the new circumstances. A perfect example for this: we were looking out for accommodations in the South of Australia, near Adelaide, for approx. 60 people for a period of four weeks. This was not easy at all. After month of research and effort we received a mail in the middle of May, saying that our test track was relocated. Hence we were to find accommodations for the students and the car in different places. But slowly we are approaching the final phase and the Australia planning will come to an end – accept issues concerning logistics.

Logistics sounds even more complicated to organize, or what do you think?

Definitely! The shipping of a cargo container to Australia and back again is already a complex undertaking. But in our particular case it becomes even more complicated, because we do not ship everyday items, but a battery, which is classified as a dangerous good. To transport the battery we are required to show certain permits and have to overcome a large amount of paperwork. The worst case would be if the shipping company decided to refuse to transport the battery. But I am confident that our two logistic experts will carry it off.

Thank you so much for the talk and good luck for your future challenges.

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