For llaria di Bartolomeo, Amazon Operations Manager, flexible working hours and a supportive team allows her to fulfil her career ambitions and spend time with her husband and toddler


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llaria finds time for both ambitious career and family life at Amazon

llaria finds time for both ambitious career and family life at Amazon

llaria di Bartolomeo is the Operations Manager at Amazon’s sorting centre in Casirate (Bergamo). With an 18-month-old toddler and a team of around 200 people to manage, llaria Di Bartolomeo shares how she manages the enviable balance of professional ambition with family life.

Managing a large team and a lot of responsibility 

llaria's position as Operations Manager comes with a lot of responsibility in the difficult world of logistics – a field that has always fascinated her. 

“I am very meticulous by nature; I organise everything. Logistics was the natural outlet for this predisposition," she says.

Ilaria heads a large team, commenting: “Our task is to process and address the packages with the orders that arrive from the various Amazon warehouses, which will then be picked up by the couriers and delivered to the end customer. It might seem simple, but in reality it is a very challenging process!”

Feeling part of adventure and innovation 

Despite the challenges, Ilaria's job with Amazon has given her great satisfaction. 

“I was hired in the months leading up to the opening of the centre. It was a period in which we all felt an adrenaline rush: we felt part of an adventure, everything had to be invented and planned," explains Illaria. 

"I have always had the inclination to work for Amazon: as an engineer and a customer, I could not help asking myself how could the logistics of a company be so efficient. Once I was inside, I found my answers, along with a dynamic environment: if you have an idea that works, you can be sure that it will be put into practice rapidly. This facilitates innovation.”

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Finding a job at Amazon that offers work/life balance

Ilaria is from Sulmona: “the home of sugar-coated almonds,” she says. After getting her degree in Engineering, she began her career in a large multinational, where she also met Marco – the man who would become her husband. Soon after their wedding, Ilaria was given an important assignment that took the young couple to Poland, which she found an enriching experience of coming in contact with a different culture. But destiny had something else in store: a few years later it was Marco who was offered a job offer in Milan.

“We looked into each other’s eyes and packed our bags again," says Ilaria.

Once back in Italy, Ilaria found out she was expecting a baby. During the months of maternity leave, between changing nappies and breastfeeding, she took advantage of the special energy motherhood brings to rediscover her goals.

“For me, being a contented mother means that I can also be fulfilled at work. I wanted to learn new things. I read about a vacancy at Amazon: that was what I was looking for,” she says.

The Amazon job description outlined that it involved shift work: “I weighed everything and discussed it with my husband. We realised that the shifts could be a good compromise for us, because they would allow me to spend more time with little Matteo, and I decided to give it a try.”

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Receiving support from her family and her Amazon team

Ilaria's shifts are spread over three time slots: morning, afternoon and night. It’s a demanding arrangement, but it also gives Illaria flexibility to spend time with her family.

“When I start early in the morning, Matteo goes to the crèche with his dad, but in the afternoon he finds me at the exit, ready to give him a hug and take him to the park. If I work in the afternoon, I have the luxury of having breakfast with him, taking him to crèche and maybe having a coffee with the other mothers, and the rest of the time is for me," she explains.

"When it's a night shift, it means I have a good part of the day for us. With traditional office hours, I'd only see my son early in the morning and at night. Of course, shift work isn’t for everyone, but for me it's better this way.”

Marco's support is invaluable for Illaria. “He knows my ambition well and encourages me all the way," she says.

Her team at Amazon is also very supportive: “I have shown everyone photos of Matteo... he has become something of a mascot for us!" 

Find your perfect work/life balance at Amazon

Amazon understands that everyone has their own unique needs and life goals - which is why the company offers fantastic workplace flexibility.

If you want to work for a company that gives you the space to grow both personally and professionally, search and apply for a job at Amazon today.

 

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