Managing a global supply chain
While studying chemical engineering and management, Bianca Suarez expected to build a career as an engineer, possibly in project management. But the management side of her degree ended up drawing her into the world of business.
Currently, a global supply chain manager at Rakuten Kobo, Suarez is building on several previous roles in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.
“My job consists of analyzing product demand from our customers around the globe, both online and in-store, and making decisions on how to best supply while being mindful of business constraints,” she says. “I love that I work cross-functionally with sales and marketing while still being rooted in operations.”
She adds that it is fascinating to see the impact of socio-cultural and political environments on global consumer preferences and supply chain issues.
The 2014 engineering grad added an MBA from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business to her resume in 2018.
“My career has ranged from touring mines in northern Ontario as a sales engineer, to successfully challenging myself in multiple departments within CPG.
“I’ve managed projects, negotiated contracts, allocated budgets, and even rolled out an app,” she says. “Right now, I’m involved in a product launch – every day is exciting.”
She urges students to remain receptive to possibilities.
“Have an open mind and embrace any opportunity that comes your way,” says Suarez. “It may not be perfect at the time, but it could be a blessing in disguise.”
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