Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
With more than 1,000 locations and 210,000 vehicles throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, Penske Truck Leasing seeks the experience and leadership of veterans to address transportation and logistics challenges facing individuals, small companies, and complex multinational organizations. Penske offers commerical and consumer truck rentals, full-service leasing, contract maintenance, transportation, and warehousing managment, and supply chain management solutions. Ford, Geneeral Motors, Pepsi, Merck, Sony, and Whirlpool have teamed with Penske to reduce supply chain costs, increase market share, and improve profitability. Penske has a strong history of promoting from within, and employs over 18,000 associates globally.
Penske is in a hiring mode and has a history of hiring veterans. The company’s biggest hiring needs are for maintenance technicians to service its own North American truck fleet as well as its customers’ fleets. There are many opening for CDL drivers and warehouse workers for Penske’s logistics operations.
In the last several years, the company has expanded its outreach efforts to employ more veterans at both Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics. The company has recruited and hired at least 200 veterans since 2007. “Some of our key maintenance leaders have military backgrounds,” said Bill O’Leary, Vice President – Field Maintenance for the Southeast Region for Penske Truck Leasing, and a veteran himself. “Veterans that are now entering the work force would find commonality with our culture, and how we operate our business.”
O’Leary served in the U.S. Army for eight years of domestic and international duty; the first four years were in combat infantry, and the last four were in a maintenance capacity. “At Penske, we seek out leadership skills and traits,” O’Leary said. “We have found that the military enhances these attributes in men and women who have served.”
O’Leary said that veterans have many traits that help them stand out, but there’s one in particular that is always strong. “I have found that military personnel possess the discipline needed to follow processes and procedures,” he said. “They also have work traits that allow for the pursuit of continuous improvement, while following standard protocol.”