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Career Connections: Operations Strategic Planner

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(Describer) Title: Operations Strategic Planner.

My name is Jessica Evans, and I'm the operations strategic planner at Emerson Climate Technologies that's headquartered in Sidney, Ohio. Our products offer solutions for both residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration markets. A strategic planner looks at the past, then plans what the future will look like or can be like by making forecasting models and continuously looking at data to help give upper management the background to make business decisions about our operations. Those decisions impact the company as a whole, along with everyone working for the company. At Emerson, operations includes the manufacturing process to make compressors for both heating and air conditioning solutions. The data comes from our manufacturing plants and shows how the plant is running. Some examples could be their quality, how much they manufacture, and costs associated with it. I talk to plant managers, material managers, and even people on the assembly line. I communicate a lot with materials procurement, which is the supply chain, the vice president of operations. Operations really involves a lot of different functions and people in different backgrounds. Lean manufacturing and strategic planning fit together because it's based on the principle of making continuous improvements, and that is making better quality products, reducing the time to make products, and also offer some cost-efficient solutions. I was born in the Midwest, and I'm the baby of five brothers and sisters. I grew up in the country and love the outdoors and horses. My childhood has helped me to stay grounded through my career, and to know hard work and to be able to accomplish it. Since high school, my favorite subjects were math and science because it involved problem solving and learning how things work. At the University of Dayton, I got a BS in chemical engineering with a minor in bioengineering. My first job was at a paint company, where I was using my chemical engineering degree. I learned a lot, the job was interesting, but I wanted more out of my career. I was interested in how upper management was making business decisions, and I wanted to learn more, so I signed up for my MBA to bridge from the technical to the business side of the company, and I worked full-time during the day and went to school at night for two years. I'm glad I went back for it and would recommend it because it helps you to have that engineering mindset with the business knowledge. It's a good combination. My MBA got me into the door at Emerson.

(Describer) On the phone...

I was calling to talk about the global manufacturing strategy spreadsheet. My responsibilities are to complete projects and assignments to the best of my ability. This usually includes gathering data, analyzing it and interpreting it, and then I summarize my learnings on PowerPoint presentations that upper management uses to communicate the message to others. Good computer skills is important in my job. Every day I use Microsoft Excel to do my data analysis, which would involve using various functions, pivot tables, filters, and I make a lot of graphs. I have to be very organized and have to have good communication skills. I'm constantly talking to people with different backgrounds in different locations, trying to gather data. It's important for me to have an open mind and that drive to make a difference every single day. I don't really have a typical day or week at my job. My projects can range from doing a cost analysis on a part to helping a vice president with their presentation to executive management. Every day and every week can be different. Emerson Climate Technology is part of a worldwide organization that has locations in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Here in the United States is the headquarters in Sidney, Ohio. When I get my job right, it affects the bottom line, which is the profitability and growth of our company. I'm passionate about my job because it's challenging. I like to problem-solve and do data analysis. I feel like my work impacts the company and the decisions made across Global Emerson.

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An engineer for a climate technology company furthered her education and earned a MBA. By earning a business degree, she was able to pursue advancements at her company, where her work is vital to the decisions they make. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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