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MEET: Dan K.

Position Title: Business Solutions Lead - GLOBE | IS/IT

What is your favorite part about working at Purina?

Dan K., Business Solutions Lead - GLOBE | IS/IT

Nestlé is a company made up of wonderfully talented people that fosters a culture of learning, continuous improvement and endless opportunity. If you are willing to spread your wings, work hard and manage your career proactively, you can literally work anywhere in the Nestlé World.

What has been your career path up to this point?

My career started in Solon, OH as a Programmer Analyst in 1986. In 1991, I accepted an opportunity in Gaffney, SC to manage the Data Center, Telephony Systems and Computer Networks. In 1995, I moved back to Solon, OH to manage the Integration of our Ice Cream Business Systems into the Nestlé Frozen, Refrigerated Ice Cream Company. In 1998, I did what many of us old timers did back then: start preparing for Y2K! After Y2K, I managed our Manufacturing Systems Group in Solon, OH until joining the Nestlé USA (NUSA) Local Globe Organization GLOBE Project in 2005. After five years of implementing GLOBE for NUSA, I joined the Regional Business Solutions (RBS) Team in 2010 managing the Engineering, Safety, Health and Environmental Systems/Processes. I continue in this role today based in St. Louis, MO.

Briefly, how would you best describe your area of IT – the Local Globe Organization (LGO)?

As mentioned above, I work in the Regional Business Solutions (RBS) Team of GLOBE – an area of our very global IS/IT function. Our role is to serve as a liaison between the markets we support (Nestlé USA®, Nestlé Purina®, Nestlé Waters®, Nestlé Canada®), the Design and Build Teams and the Corporate Functions to ensure we are instrumental in helping markets win by delivering standardized, integrated products and services that address the business needs of every level of our organization.

What are your main responsibilities within the LGO?

I manage a team of people who support the Engineering, Safety, Health and Environmental functions. My team works directly with markets on compliance and risk identification, best practice adherence and system developments towards continuous improvement/simplification and standardization.

What has been the most interesting project you have worked on?

By far, the GLOBE project has been the most interesting, frustrating, stretching and rewarding project of my career. The opportunity to visit so many Nestlé locations in North America, Central and South America while meeting people from different cultures has been an invaluable experience for me. Often times, we go around with blind folds on, but if you are willing to be a little adventurous, take some risks and remove those blind folds, there is so much to learn and experience in the Nestlé world.

What skills have you gained in your current position?

SAP experience is the obvious one. But more importantly, how to interact with people from different cultures from different areas of the business (internal and external) in order to deliver business benefits and competitive advantage.

What advice would you give a new hire just beginning their career here?

Flap your wings and fly. Don't be afraid to explore, try new things and build your networks. Nestlé is a company full of opportunity, but it won't find you until you find it. Take charge of your career from the onset and you won't be disappointed.

You've been with the company for a while – why have you continued to stay?

It's not uncommon to see people with 20, 30, or 40 years of tenure within Nestlé. We're a company that cares about its people, emphasizes work-life balance, has competitive pay and benefits, and we offer endless opportunities for those willing to explore outside their comfort zone. I can't imagine working anywhere else and hope all new associates look to "hire to retire."

Being in IT, do you have a favorite app or technology? If so, what?

Mobile has charged our lives and we've only scratched the surface. Favorites today will be gone and replaced tomorrow. So I don't get too excited about the now, rather the future – what doesn't yet exist.

 

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