how I got started | I took a "bottom up" approach. I chose to
work my first job in a plant to really understand how you manufacture a
product. Starting there also helped me see what opportunities were
available in the company. I took on some small supply chain management
projects - which gave me exposure to purchasing. It wasn't long before I
went from the plant to a regional supply chain management role, and
then to a global role which took me to Europe for about a year. Once I
was more involved with purchasing, I realized I enjoyed the analysis
part much more than the negotiations and decided Finance was where I
could have the biggest impact on the organization.
why this job?| I originally went into supply chain management
because it was a pretty hot, emerging field when I was in college. I
knew there'd be a lot of opportunities to pioneer and be a new talent in
an organization. I liked the work I did in supply chain management, but
I ultimately found I was best at the analytical part. My natural
tendency was to dive into the cost details to understand all the
drivers. When I learned the analysis was more of a Finance function in
our company, I decided to go back to school.
why I love this job!| The global nature is one of my favorite
things. I have friends all over the world - which has expanded me
outside of work just as much as within my career. I wasn't sure if I'd
like managing people, but I really enjoy it. I like helping my team find
opportunities to grow their careers in the direction they want to go.
Of course, it helps that I have an awesome team! I'm always stoked when I
get a phone call about how one of them uncovered a way to save money
for our company.
my typical day| It's not unusual for me to be on the phone before
7 AM with Europe - and after 5 PM with Asia. We're often reviewing
forecasts and assumptions or working on standardizing processes across
the world. We also spend a lot of time establishing and communicating
metrics for the procurement team to meet their financial goals. Every
day brings something new.
what they are | In finance, you can easily get frustrated with
the lack of data you may have in front of you to make a decision. In
today's times, decisions are made quickly, so getting comfortable with
the data you have, figuring out how to improve the data, and make a
decision are all daily challenges I face.
all about growth | In Finance, we have Analysts, Managers,
Directors, and a CFO for each major division. Although we are a pretty
flat organization in many ways, you're able to move cross functionally
and upwards if you have the desire because of the nature of a large
corporation. It's also a field in all industries, so the opportunities
exist in every company.