Position Title: Customer Supply Chain Manager – Customer Development Group (CDG)
Why did you join the Purina team?
I started at Purina in August of 2002, shortly after the Nestlé integration with Ralston Purina. I had a friend who worked in ORM (Order Revenue Management) that recommended that I come in for an interview. At the time, I was working for a smaller company and looking for an opportunity that would allow me the ability to grow in my career – Nestlé Purina was that opportunity because of its size and diversity. The fact that it was just one of several Nestlé operating companies was also very appealing.
What are your main responsibilities within your role?
I am a multi-functional resource for the sales team. I manage product transition/flow between Nestlé Purina Petcare and the customer. I facilitate integration, collaboration and communication across customers, factories and our department.
What is your favorite part about working at Purina?
I love the fact that I get to interact with so many different people and departments. Although I am in CDG, I get to work with ORM, the manufacturing facilities, Operations Planning, Transportation, MDO (Marketing Development Organization), Marketing, our Customers, etc. Having exposure to all of these different groups helps you increase your business acumen and allows for a better understanding of how a decision on your business can impact other parts of the company. Purina encourages a "General Manager mindset", which I feel helps you make better business decisions.
What was your starting point at Purina and how did you end up in your current position?
I started in ORM and worked in that department for about four and a half years. I worked on several different teams and the common thread was that on each team, I really enjoyed my interaction with the CSCMs (Customer Supply Chain Manager) in CDG. The exposure to the management of the order life cycle and my project work with the CSCMs led me to want to pursue a role within supply chain. With the BE2010 (Business Excellence 2010) project in motion – a project focused on business planning for the next five years – several Supply Chain analyst roles were created and I moved over to the CDG group in 2007. I was promoted to my current role 18 months later and have been on this team for the last two years.