Creating the factory of the future
I focus on the supply chain in our manufacturing plants – for example, how do we deliver products for the lowest cost at the quickest speed, but with excellent quality? How do we create manufacturing plants that are high-performance organizations and great places to work? Or, most importantly, how do we make sure our plants are risk free, both for employees and the local communities?
This involves working with a number of different teams to make sure we’re all moving in the same direction. At the moment, for example, we’re talking about the ‘factory of the future’. I need to make sure all our category directors are aligned on the future design of their factories. Introducing the factory of the future will involve cultural transformation, so I need to work with HR to ensure we have all the support we need. And to improve labor productivity, I need to work closely with Engineering on automation solutions.
This kind of collaboration is vital when you’re creating the future.
My role is being an enabler – showing people how they can improve. It relies on innovative thinking and 100% employee engagement. To achieve this, I travel to different plants, meet a variety of people and learn from different cultures so I can build their capabilities and simplify their work. It’s about always looking for better ways of working across the supply chain and being open to change and improvements every day.
This involves a lot of traveling across the region. I have to spend around 50-60% of my time traveling outside my home base, and sometimes as much as 80%. This makes it very difficult to balance my work and personal life. But seeing how people do things enables me to add value to their processes and help them improve. Ultimately, this gives me the ability to touch people’s lives across categories, countries and levels.
Building a successful future
In the future, I want to help Mondelēz International continue to grow in AMEA and globally, to be the market leader and to keep bringing joy to people around the world. I would expect this to include being a pioneer in synchronized global supply chain operations and influencing the whole industry.
Personally, my career at Mondelēz International in just two years has included a number of rotations into different roles that have helped me to learn a lot. I’d like to continue this learning, maybe in a line management role, leading a team that delivers business results. This would allow me to apply all I’ve learned and experienced to contribute directly to the business.
I’d also like to keep a good work/life balance. As a female leader, I would like to support my husband, kids and parents in a strong way while I’m progressing in my career. My kids are growing up quickly and in my own way, I’d like to grow with them.
In China, our most popular brand is Oreo. Every kid loves it, including mine. So they were very happy when mum started to work for Oreo! My own favorite is Clorets. It’s the best mint I’ve ever tried and I always have it in my bag to feel fresh.