EBN: What advice would you give someone who is considering a career in the electronics supply chain? What did you learn about this career path that you wished someone had told you earlier?
Quiriconi: I did not study Engineering at all when I was in school, but when I got into the work force, I found that I felt slightly behind because while I understood the supply chain, I didn’t fully understand how things went together or why certain features and specs were of critical importance. If I had to do it over again, I would likely tackle more Electrical Engineering of Mechanical Engineering related course work to gain more hands on experience. If that’s not an option for someone, they can always do what I did, and find partners in the Engineering groups and at Suppliers to help learn on the fly about the specific products manufactured at that company.
EBN: What are the biggest challenges in terms of getting beyond old school attitudes and ways of doing things in the organization?
Quiriconi: The politics and not letting them hold you back. Helping people to not be afraid to just try something new. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you have to be willing to start! I often find people come up with a million excuses on why something won’t work if we were to change it or break away from the norm. I try to get them to focus on what COULD work, and push to try as a result of that. Focus on their pain points and how new processes might help alleviate that pain, and you can at least get people started.v Leadership support doesn’t hurt either…
EBN: What help and support have mentors offered you? What advice would you offer to electronics OEMs who want to be an employer of choice to the next generations of supply chain managers? (Why did you pick the employer you did?)
Quiriconi: My mentors, in and out of work, have helped me find ways to take my perceived weaknesses and turn them into strengths. For example, I tend to be a very outgoing and inquisitive personality. At times, that can be too much for people. But, thanks to excellent coaching and some good luck, I have found the sweet spot where I can take those aspects of my personality that can be challenging, and turn them into ways to engage people who would otherwise be disengaged.
I chose Danaher/Fluke/Fortive as the place I wanted to work because I was looking for somewhere I thought I could work for a lifetime. I wasn’t looking for the same thing for a lifetime, but somewhere I truly thought I could find growth, work/life balance, challenging tasks, great people, and a fast pace. I thrive on managing chaos, and that describes most of my days. Many people coming out of school now are not looking for somewhere to work for a lifetime, they are looking for something different. To that, the match of what the company is looking for and what the associate is looking for need to match. Some places want to turn people every two years to keep fresh ideas, fresh motivation as a strategy. Other places thrive on the ability to have people for a lifetime that build a culture of family. I would say both sides need to find their match.
EBN: What else would you like to say about supply chain as a career or your experiences?
Quiriconi: Winning in supply chain is not a solo game. Don’t try to win alone.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN