13 years of non-stop progression
I joined Mondelēz in July 2003 when we were still known as KraftFoods. And even though I’m in Procurement now, I originally started off in Finance. I worked in financial analysis and financial controlling roles for several years, and was ultimately given the chance to head up Coffee Category financial controlling for all of our Central European countries, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Baltics.
After going on maternity leave for the better part of a year, I decided to make a switch and moved into Procurement when I came back. It was quite a change for me. In Finance, I mainly interacted with data tables. But in Procurement, it was all about the people. So the move exposed me to a different kind of environment.
I became a Procurement manager, looking after a team of 35 people located across eight manufacturing plants: seven in Poland and another in Lithuania. After leading the team through a major organizational transformation, my role disappeared and I got another project-based role in the Chocolate category. This project was very exciting as I learned a lot about the peculiarities of the chocolate production at MDLZ, as well as different Research, Development, Quality & Innovation (RDQI) standards and recipe optimization. I also was able to work as part of a cross-category team, with partners from RDQI, Manufacturing and Marketing across the two businesses.
I then stepped into a project management role for a while before taking a second maternity break, and returned to procurement when I came back. Looking at my career with Mondelēz International now, it feels like it’s been 13 years of non-stop growth, both personally and professionally.