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Career Story: Plant Manager And Supply Chain Director

Plant Manager And Supply Chain Director

Job Title: Director Supply Chain

Type of Company: A company that manufactures packaging for food and industrial applications.

Education: BA, Finance, Northeastern University

Previous Experience: I have worked as a director of logistics, a plant manager, a product line manufacturing manager, WCM coordinator, and an ERP systems analyst.

Job Tasks: My main role is managing thirteen manufacturing facilities throughout North America, setting goals that are in line with our corporate initiatives and making sure that all the facilities have the necessary resources to meet or exceed their goals. I provide leadership and direction to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our customers inside and outside the company.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job is making the hard decisions to reduce the workforce or close a plant. It affects so many people's lives. However, it IS part of the job, and if the organization doesn't make tough decisions then eventually the whole company will fail, putting even more people at risk. Never easy, nor should it be.

The best part of my job is seeing someone I have coached and mentored excelling - getting promoted or recognized for a job well done. Developing people is the most satisfying part of my job.

Job Tips: The BEST piece of advise that I could give anyone starting out in a career is to show interest, be excited and enthusiastic about any job that you are doing! You can and will learn something about yourself in every job that you take. Employers are always looking for good people. I would rather have someone who appears to be trying hard and just not getting it then someone that gets it but is just not trying. You can teach and develop people who are trying!! Be true to yourself. Let others know who you are. Ask questions!!!

Additional Thoughts: My job can be very stressful, especially in bad economic times. However, if you like to solve problems and work with people then there are plenty of opportunities in the supply chain field. If you don't think you could look someone in the eye and tell them that they are doing a bad job and why, or do not feel comfortable firing someone who deserves to be fired, then you should stay away from a plant management role.

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