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Advanced Engineer since 2020
Lisbon, North Dakota. I worked in a QC lab testing edible beans and then edible oil (I tested the oil that the Lays company used to fry their chips and the different vegetable oils sold in stores). My husband later became a railroad engineer in St. Paul, so we moved our family down here.
I am the lead analyst for the Woodbury QC lab. We test the components that go into asthma inhalers to make sure they have the correct amounts of compounds in them and communicate closely with manufacturing sites in Clitheroe, Loughborough, and Northridge. When we okay the lots, they are assembled into marketed product inhalers. Most components have multiple tests to complete before they can be released.
Getting all our instruments up and running again after the move from 3M.
The people I work with daily and the pace of clearing lots. I like being in the lab working with different instruments.
Turks and Caicos, because I love the Caribbean. But also maybe Scotland; the landscape is beautiful.
I listen to books while I’m working in the lab. I also like reading at night while having a glass of wine.
Reading, riding motorcycles, and I love different eyeshadows. I like to experiment with looks. I also enjoy archery.
Favorite sport or game? hockey and football
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Always continue learning.
Morning person or night owl? I’m a night owl; I’ve occasionally stayed up all night to read.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? fajitas
Distribution Operator since 1996
Proud to be “born and bred in Loughborough UK.” I started back in 1994 as a contingency worker for 3M, then as an operator in 1996. I happily transitioned with Kindeva.
The Distribution Operator role is about facilitating a smooth flow of materials and finished goods into the plant and through to manufacturing to meet production demands. Along with managing internal flow and storage of materials ending with the timely shipping of finished packs out to our customers.
Being part of a team that worked together to achieve a smooth transition from 3M to Kindeva.
The transition onto Kindeva’s choice of warehouse/production management system “D365” is being evolved to smooth out early issues.
Being involved in the “start, middle, and end” of processes that turn components into finished products that support and make difference in the lives of our customers.
Instilling self-belief and fostering life skills into 9- to 18-year olds through instruction as a Petty Office within the Sea Cadet Corp’s UK.
The UK. So much beauty and diversity in one place.
There’s a long list but never enough time for all of them: kayaking, SUP-boarding, SCUBA, walking, and being a Uniformed Instructor for the Sea Cadet Corp’s.
Believe in yourself. It’s the power to achieve.
Kayaking is my thing. I enjoy coaching others and enjoy my own time out on the water.
Plant Admin Assistant since 2020
I grew up in Madrid, Spain. I was determined to be a journalist but business took my curiosity, so here I am! For seven years, I worked for PSA Peugeot Citroen and that’s where I developed as a professional in various roles, the last one being Communication Manager for UGT (their union).
I am an Administrative Assistant for the Northridge facility and I support all managers on site. I have many responsibilities but what takes most of my time is working for D365 as purchasing agent.
I think we all can agree that the transition was a challenge but also one of the most exciting moments. We get to be part of the beginning of something, we get to build it together and leave our mark in the process, and that is something wonderful and that I am proud to be part of.
The biggest challenge right now is D365. New systems come with a lot to learn and improve but I’m a natural problem solver and I love challenges.
Connections. I love working with people, learning from them, offering them solutions or help, and getting to know them better.
Claudine Artisan Kitchen & Bakeshop, www.claudinela.com. This place is AMAZING. They have the best coffee and baked goods in all of LA and we love going there on the weekends for breakfast!
Since I was little, I have collected comics and played video games. A little later in life, I got into Cosplay. Cosplay is the “art” of making costumes and dressing up as characters especially for conventions. Fun fact is, I met my husband through this hobby, online, so it also has a special place in my heart.
Be patient. My father was my role model for everything, and I can say that I am the person I am today thanks to him and his teachings. He was a very calm and kind person, and he always told me to be patient in life, to be calm in situations where normally it’s difficult, to stop everything, breathe and think. I’m still trying to master it, but I can say that I try my hardest every day.
My husband’s lasagna.
Traveling to Japan. It’s been on my bucket list for years now, and funny enough (or not at all) my husband and I booked to go right before the pandemic began. We had to cancel and it’s still pending.
Supply Chain Systems Analyst, IT since 2015
I grew up in Polish countryside in the late 90’s and early 00’s where personal computers were very few and incredibly far between, but as soon as they started appearing my interest in them was massive. I was tinkering with them ever since, mostly on software front. I chose IT classes in my secondary school (alongside Math, Physics, Geography and English language), where I was exposed to databases, programming, etc. Since then – at any place I worked at that had computers, I became a “go-to” person when something weird happened with IT equipment. With 3M, two major projects helped me find my way into IT and those were the SAP implementation and the 3M MES project. Those helped me to gather the experience needed to get a job in Site Systems that has now become part of Global Kindeva IT.
I work at Loughborough IT, but some might know it as “site systems.” I’m looking after the Item Master Creation process (and the application that drives it), as well as SAP (legacy) data interrogation tasks. More recently I’ve been gravitating towards Reporting and Analytics, helping build the foundation of reporting for Kindeva.
I think it was the realization of how focused the whole IT organization was on delivering all the various systems and infrastructure in a relatively short time and making sure we remain operational in that time.
One of the biggest ones currently is the delivery of a robust suite of reports accessible through a user-friendly platform. Those reports will help the leadership team to make the right decisions to drive our business in the right direction.
It’s an interesting mix of problem-solving, creative thinking and constant learning that I think make it great and keeps it fresh. There is also a fun aspect of global virtual collaboration between US and UK.
Don’t be afraid to learn – we truly develop ourselves only when we step outside of our comfort zone. Ask good questions and listen well to the answers.
Puzzle-solving with the Rubik’s cube at the forefront (I own over a dozen different kinds), but occasional Origami and an electric guitar session.
Morning person or night owl? Easily a night owl – while I appreciate mornings as they are crisp and energetic, I enjoy the peace and serenity of evenings a bit more.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Gaming – you can find me on PSN and Xbox Live (is anyone still playing Pokémon Go?)
Book or podcast? Regrettably podcasts/audiobooks. While I wish I could read more, audiobooks are the best companion while cooking or working out.
Favorite sport or game? To participate – skiing and cycling. To watch – F1 and ski jumping.
Global Supply Chain Optimization Manager since 1999
I grew up on a farm in small Leicestershire village, just a few miles from the Loughborough plant. In 1996, I graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Biochemistry, and my first job was as a management trainee with Dalgety, a company that manufactured food for horses, pets, and farm animals. After a couple of years, I was keen to get into a new industry and spotted an advertisement in the local newspaper, Loughborough Echo. I promptly applied and soon found myself working for 3M as a Resource Planner for the manufacture of tablets and capsules in the Loughborough plant. The rest is history!
“It’s good to plan ahead, but don’t try to plan too far ahead. If you take each opportunity and give it your best shot, you’ll find the opportunities will keep coming.” – Paul Hind, 3M MBB
For the last 2 years, I have been a Continuous Improvement Black Belt working as part of our Global CI Team. It is a really varied role where most of my time is spent leading CI projects or coaching Green Belts who are running their own projects. As a BB some, I led projects focused on my home plant in Loughborough (i.e. improving the performance of our IDD packing lines to remove capacity constraints and changing processes for buying indirect items and services to reduce cost and remove complexity). I have also been running projects that are more global and involve working across all the Kindeva sites (i.e. developing our long-term IBP capacity planning process and the implementation of D365).
Apart from working on projects, the BBs also spend time supporting the site management team with strategic planning, generating new project ideas and managing project hoppers, tracking project benefits, and driving the Continuous Improvement culture across the site.
I recently gained my Black Belt certification and am now transitioning to a new role in the Supply Chain organization as the IBP and Supply Chain Optimization Manager.
It’s hard to choose just one, getting my BB Certification was a proud moment for me personally, but achieving difficult things as part of a team is the most rewarding. The biggest, by far, has to be the ERP go-live. I was just one part of a huge team, but the collaboration, determination, and teamwork were amazing. It’s an experience I’ll always remember!
Most of the challenges that my team and I are working on currently involve optimizing how we use the D365 system. The supply chain teams were using very different systems previously, and whilst we did a great job to ‘Go Live’ in the summer there is still a lot of work to do to improve the functionality, standardize our processes across our sites, and find the real benefits from having 1 global ERP system.
As a BB, and also in my new Supply Chain role, I love having the freedom to challenge the way we do things and implement changes that make a real difference. I also get the chance to work with people from many different parts of the company and that’s really interesting because I enjoy learning about how individual departments work and how they connect together so that we can function effectively as one business.
I would love to explore the Scottish Highlands in a campervan for 2 or 3 months! My wife is Scottish so we have family connection, but the wildlife, scenery, and coastline are all breathtaking.
Actions speak louder than words. I think this applies well to many areas of life, and while I agree that words are important, I tend to look at what people do rather than what they say they are going to do. I try to lead by example, and in 2021 this has given me a new hobby…. Litter picking…. I got fed up hearing locals complaining on social media and to the council about the amount of litter in our village and local countryside. I bought a grabber and on my walks I started collecting litter. Soon, I had offers of help from like-minded people, and so we formed a group called the Quorn Litter Wombles. We’ve cleared over 200 bags of litter from Quorn and the surrounding roads so far this year.
It has to be my Porsche! I love cars, and, in my opinion, if you want a ‘proper sports car’ there is only one badge that it can have!
In reality, I spend more time polishing it than driving it, and I never take it out of the garage unless the sun is shining!
I do enjoy getting out in the fresh air and running, although 10K is my max!
I also love to help my brother on his farm, especially in the summer during the harvest. I am actually quite experienced at driving a whole range of farm machinery including tractors, combine harvesters, diggers, quad bikes. Yes, I admit I am still a boy who likes playing with toys!
IT Site Lead since 2020
I grew up all over the place. I want to say that we moved to 8 different cities (between 1st and 12th grade) which meant, 8 different schools. My parents did missionary work during my childhood and we went back and forth between Minnesota, Nebraska, Cameroon, and Senegal–and I spent a year in the Ivory Coast at a boarding school.
I graduated from high school in Lincoln, Nebraska then spent a little over 4 years in the Navy learning about computer mainframes (Novell and PC’s). With that knowledge, I started my career in IT as a LAN Administrator in College Station, Texas while studying undergrad. In 1997, I moved to the Twin Cities and have been here ever since.
My dad told me, “When you dry yourself, start from the top.”
I was hired into the role of IT Manager, which covered all aspects of Kindeva IT, including end-user management and compute, network, server infrastructure, Azure Cloud and O365 (Exchange online, SharePoint, Teams, One Drive, etc). I have recently transitioned to manage more IT Architecture and Engineering.
Currently, it is ensuring that we are working securely as a company and that our infrastructure is properly monitored and managed.
I love finding solutions to IT issues and problems. I like that Kindeva’s technology stack is mostly new and cloud-focused.
Mountain biking is probably what I do most outside of work. I think I am finally pretty happy with my 3 bikes–they cover road, gravel, mountain, and winter bike riding. Many years ago, a couple friends and I decided that motorized dirt bikes were too hard to haul around and decided to try mountain biking and it stuck.
Favorite city you have visited? Mazatlán, Mexico
It’s brunch! What’s on your plate? Biscuits and gravy
Book or podcast? Audio books because I live 20 miles from HQ
Quarantine hobbies? Trying to figure out how to manage long hair
Favorite local business? Heather’s Restaurant in Minneapolis
R&D Lab Services Manager since 1992
Toolmaker & Automation Technician since 2019