Scholarship Award Recipient Letter
2011 Scholarship Recipient
Supply Chain Projects Manager
Rolls-Royce North America
When I was given the honor of receiving the ITC scholarship in 2011, it was around the same time that I found my passion for Supply Chain. I entered the IUPUI Kelley School of business as a marketing major, but after taking only 1 supply chain class, I quickly changed my major to include Supply Chain. From there I went to become the president of the Operations Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Club for the Kelley School and jumped head first into the Supply Chain world of networking and exploring the opportunities. That is when I found the ITC organization and all the wonderful people, knowledge, and opportunities the organization offered. During the dinner ceremony for the scholarship, I heard one of the most influential speeches for my career, and to this day talk about. INDOT came and spoke about the changes that are happening and will be happening in order for Indianapolis to embrace the “Cross Roads of America”. That night, with networking with Supply Chain professionals and listening to the speaker, kicked started my passion and career for Supply Chain.
Upon graduation I accepted an offer with Rolls-Royce to join their Supply Chain Graduate development program, which is an 18 month program of completing 3-6 month rotations in the areas of supply chain. This was an exciting start to my professional career because I worked in manufacturing, supply chain design, logistics, and had the great opportunity to live aboard to understand the global aspect of supply chain. At the end of the 18 months I happily accepted a full-time position with Rolls-Royce as a Defense Supply Chain Designer. In this role I was an analyst that pulled together supply chain data to support the feasibility and implementation of supply chain projects for Defense. In this role I interacted with the entire value stream from procurement to delivering engines to the customer. This role gave me the foundation to understanding the business and applying supply chain principles including project management. Recently I have been promoted into my current role of Supply Chain Project Manager. In this role I am responsible for Supply Chain and Value Stream Design activities and associated Business Change Projects for the regional Defense business that will be focused on Delivery, Cost and Inventory initiatives across the respective value streams.
I want to thank ITC and all their members for all their kindness and support that has helped me early in my career.