#iWorkInTheSupplyChain …. Come Join Us!

Hi Future Colleagues!

My name is Amber Wilmshurst-Jordan and I have been working in the Supply Chain for the last 6 years – I am currently a Supply Chain Analyst at Blue Diamond Growers, where I help deliver the benefits of Almonds to the World. With an ever-increasing demand for all types of commodities, with huge emphasis on operational efficiency and customer service, there has never been a better time to jump on board the Supply Chain Train – and here’s why I think you should come join me. First, let’s start at the beginning, what is the Supply Chain? I’ve heard it described in numerous ways, but my favorite, because it’s the simplest, is that it’s getting “stuff” from A to B. So as you can imagine, this takes on a multitude of facets. “A” could be a country, or it could be a manufacturing plant or it could be a farm and “B” could be a customer’s home, a transportation depot or a hospital. And the “stuff”, well this can be anything from cars to bouquets of flowers or it could be furniture, perhaps clothing and my favorite thing to move – almonds! And what happens in between is where the fun happens and where YOU come in.

To have a successful and optimized Supply Chain requires all kinds and types of people, with an array of skillsets. This is why I think working in this industry is a brilliant choice, it facilitates a workforce of motivated, problem solving and proactive individuals. I love working in the Supply Chain because each and every day I get to have an impact on the processes and networks around me that result in the global supply of almonds. I get to learn skills and thought processes from fascinating people from all over the globe and transpose these into improving the operational efficiency of Blue Diamond Growers Supply Chain, credibly, on time and within budget.

I started my career working for a Cancer Research charity in the UK, where I helped deliver a successful fulfillment service to 700,000+ women taking part in the UK’s largest flagship fundraising running event – I delivered thousands of pink tutu’s, fairy wings and bib numbers to ensure all of the participants could feel connected in this fight against cancer. From here I moved to a major European logistics company called XPO Logistics, where I worked on various continuous improvement projects for an array of customers, and gained my national and international certificate of professional competence in Road Haulage. Also at XPO Logistics, I assisted in the management of the largest section of a retail Distribution Centre across a 24/7 operation. I then relocated to California and have been working at Blue Diamond growers ever since, further highlighting the transferable skills, which transcend borders, and that can be picked up whilst working in the Supply Chain. At 27 years old, I’m looking forward to many more fruitful years in the industry.

Working in the Supply Chain is challenging, rewarding and dynamic industry to work in, and what a journey it has been so far. I’m excited for its future, and fully support initiatives such as #iworkinthesupplychain. I encourage you to read through all of the stories on this site to truly grasp how many faces of the Supply Chain there really are and think about how you can become part of the #iworkinthesupplychain movement!

Blue Diamond Growers

Alex Pace – A Next Generation Leader

My name is Alex Pace, a young professional working in the Supply Chain. My story is more of a unique one, and one that has only just begun. I am the Logistics Coordinator at The Green Design Center (GDC), in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I have worked in the Supply Chain industry for 3 years; the best 3 years of my professional life. I started at GDC as a materials handler/product picker. Little by little, I began to expand my area of responsibility. Starting with packing boxes and sweeping floors, I now control a 50,000 square foot Distribution Center.

The Supply Chain industry is not typically viewed as a “sexy” industry, or one that young people aspire to join. Though I can’t tell you why others in my generation aren’t looking to the Supply Chain for a career, I can however tell you why they should be. Working in the Supply Chain can be a very rewarding career choice. Not only are there endless opportunities for improvement and upward mobility, this industry is one that you’re allowed to make your own. What I mean is that every professional in the industry can put their own personal spin on the work that they are doing. Every challenge that we are faced with can be solved in a number of ways, and it’s up to the individual to figure out what solution is best for them, and the company they represent. It is this flexibility and opportunity to be creative that I find so attractive.

One of the other reasons that I am proud to be in the Supply Chain industry is that I get the privilege to help other people, make their lives a bit easier, and have fun doing it. Back in April of 2015, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to attend the National Logistics and Distribution Conference (NLDC), held in Atlanta, GA. This had been my first business trip, and definitely my first time being in the presence of “The Greats” of the Supply Chain industry. If you’ve ever been told about NLDC, you know of its exclusivity and prestige, and it was that exact reason I was very nervous about attending. I mean, I am just starting out…. and all of these other attendees are the best of the best in the industry. As a young professional in his early 20’s, I thought they would all look down on me, or not take me seriously. But to my very pleasant surprise, my experience was the opposite. I found that every single executive I met was so willing to share their knowledge with me, just to try to help me get started in the industry. That experience alone is what committed me to the Supply Chain industry. Seemingly the nicest people in the world work in the Supply Chain. All they want to do is help, whether you’re the client or new to the industry, the level of care is second to none. Getting to know all of those people made me realize that this is the place for me, and that I want to be like them. Supply Chain is the industry that I want to be in. If everyone is so willing to help now, when I barely know them, I can’t even imagine just how rewarding my career will be when I get the chance to help other people.

I am proud to work in the Supply Chain, and I am committed to excellence through my work. I am truly honored to be associated with a group of people that spend their days helping others. The Supply Chain industry is what I have committed myself to, and I encourage others in my generation to find their career in the Supply Chain.

Alex Pace
The Green Design Center