When I became the Senior Director of Global Logistics Procurement at The Chemours Company in late 2016, I figured I was walking into a pretty manageable job. I didn’t have a background in Logistics or Supply Chain, but have been with the DuPont/Chemours company for 30 years and held 10 or so different positions from the lab to manufacturing, regulatory, business, marketing, sales and procurement.
In most cases, I was walking in with little experience - and had to quickly learn the ropes, mainly relying on a team of experienced professionals to teach me what I needed to know. It worked before, I was sure it would work again. After all, we’ve always been pretty good at procuring transportation, meeting internal client needs and driving costs down.
But Chemours was a different environment than anywhere I’ve ever worked. After spinning off from DuPont in 2015, the company in 2016 began its own transformation journey. The function I was about to lead needed to transform as well – and there was no experience to rely on.
During our corporate transformation, we launched our company values. One of our values was to be “Customer Centered.” We say that we will drive customers' growth (and ours) by understanding customers’ needs and by building long-lasting relationships.