#56: Navigating Culture and Change in Global Supply Chain Management

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Victoria Cobos es la Vicepresidenta de Operaciones EMEA en Deckers Brands con sede en Londres, Inglaterra, durante más de 2 años. Paralelamente, Victoria ha estado trabajando con gRIP Venture Studio, liderando el seminario web sobre cómo introducir startups en cadenas de suministro sostenibles y receptivas desde julio de 2020. Antes de estas asignaciones, Victoria fue directora de cadena de suministro para el norte de Europa para General Mills en Inglaterra durante más de un año. Anteriormente, fue Directora de Planificación Empresarial Integrada de Nomads Foods en Londres durante 3 años. Anteriormente inició su carrera en Unilever en Venezuela, Colombia y El Salvador desempeñando roles de Supply Chain Manager trainee y Supply Planning Manager Foods CAM. En los siguientes cinco años se desempeñó como Gerente de Planificación de Abastecimiento Alimentos y Helados Andina, y como Gerente de Capacidades de Cadena de Suministro y S&OP en Bogotá Colombia. Fue trasladada a Inglaterra para desempeñarse como Gerente de Planificación de Innovación Global AX/Lynx. Estudió Ingeniería de Producción en la Universidad Simón Bolívar de Venezuela.

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Victoria Cobos is the Vice President of Operations EMEA in Deckers Brands based in London, England for over 2 years. In parallel, Victoria has been working with grIP Venture Studio, leading the Webinar – Introducing Startups to Sustainable and Responsive Supply Chains since July 2020.  Before these assignments, Victoria was the Supply Chain Director of Northern Europe for General Mills in England for over a year.  Previously, she was the Director of Integrated Business Planning for Nomads Foods in London for 3 years. Before, she initiated her career in Unilever in Venezuela, Colombia, and El Salvador performing roles of Supply Chain Manager trainee and Supply planning Manager Foods CAM.  In the next five years she performed as Supply Planning Manager Foods and Ice Cream Andina, and as Supply Chain Capabilities and S&OP Manager in Bogota Colombia. She was moved to England to perform as Global Innovation Planning Manager AXE/ Lynx. She studied Production Engineering at the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela.

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Algunos de los aspectos más destacados del podcast:

  1. Presentación de Victoria Cobos
  2. Comenzó su carrera aprendiendo en una gran organización, dedicando más de 9 años de aprendizaje y contribuciones en Unilever y continúa este camino a través de General Mill y otras organizaciones clave hasta llegar a su puesto actual como vicepresidente de operaciones EMEA para Deckers. ¿Cuáles diría que han sido para usted los mayores desafíos en una carrera en rápido crecimiento?
  3. ¿Cómo ve la estandarización y externalización de los procesos a través de la Cadena de Suministro? ¿Qué ventajas y/o desventajas le ves?
  4. ¿Cómo crees que tu género ha jugado un papel (o no) en tus experiencias en Supply Chain?
  5. Después de 15 años en Supply Chain, ¿cómo se construyó esa carrera profesional, propósito o oportunidad?
  6. ¿Por qué la Innovación es clave en la Función de la Cadena de Suministro, y específicamente en la tecnología y la digitalización?
  7. Ha desempeñado varios roles en la cadena de suministro en diferentes países. ¿Cómo cree que eso ha dado forma a su estilo de liderazgo?
  8. Te identificaste como mujer latina, has trabajado con equipos en todo el mundo (más de 20 países) y has vivido en Colombia y el Reino Unido, ¿cuáles han sido los mayores desafíos culturales que has encontrado?
  9. En su opinión personal, ¿cuáles son las tendencias de futuro que cambiarán la forma en que definimos la Cadena de Suministro?
  10. Escribiste una guía ejecutiva sobre cómo hacer operativa la sostenibilidad, pero tu función principal no es ESG, ¿cómo sucedió eso? Cuéntenos sobre Beyond Emerging.
  11. ¿Qué recomendaciones y consejos para que los profesionales desarrollen su carrera en Supply Chain?
  12. ¿Cuál es tu mensaje final para la audiencia?
  13. Despedida

Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  1. Introduction of Victoria Cobos
  2. You started your career learning in a great organization expending over 9 years of learnings and contributions in Unilever and continue this path through General Mill and others key Organizations arriving to your current role as VP Operations EMEA for Deckers. What would you say have been for you the biggest challenges in a fast-growing career?
  3. How do you see the processes standardization and outsourcing of them through the Supply Chain. Which advantages and or disadvantages do you see on it?
  4. How do you think your gender has played a role (or not) in your experiences in Supply Chain?
  5. After 15 years in Supply Chain, how was that career path built, purpose or chance?
  6. Why Innovation is key in the Supply Chain Function, and specifically in technology and digitalization?
  7. You have held several roles across the supply chain in different countries, how do you think that has shaped your leadership style?
  8. You identified as Latin woman, you have now worked with teams all over the world (over 20 countries) and lived in Colombia and the UK, what have been the greatest cultural challenges you have encountered?
  9. In your personal view, which are the future trends which will change the way how we define the Supply Chain?
  10. You wrote an executive guide on operationalizing sustainability, but your core role is not ESG, how did that happen? Tell us about Beyond Emerging.
  11. Which recommendation and advice for professional to develop their careers in Supply Chain?
  12. Which is your final message to the audience?
  13. Farewell

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About the Host:

The host, Xabier Basañez is a well-rounded Supply Chain expert, with end-to-end experience in different industries: FMCG, Logistics, 3PL, and Retail. He is a natural Processes synchronizer strengthening organizational operations. He loves to connect supply chain professionals to create spaces for discussion and analysis, focusing on LATAM & USA.

Alcott Global connects and upgrades the supply chain ecosystem by finding the right talent through executive search, developing talent through learning solutions, and meeting supply chain technology needs through a comprehensive crunch base marketplace.

The supply chain executive search has been our focus since the very beginning, offering recruitment services for top-tier supply chain roles at every level of the end-to-end supply chain: plan, source / procure, make, and deliver. Our consultants have years of experience in placing top talent, in North America, LATAM, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC, and besides speed, one of our biggest strengths is our network within the supply chain industry, and we capitalize on it to find the best solutions.

Through the years, we have grown as an organization and our offerings with it. One of our initiatives, the learning solutions- training and supply chain academy, is focused on transforming leadership- self-leadership, executive presence, influence capital, and business acumen. Through Supplify, we aim to match corporations with the top technology companies to solve their supply chain and logistics challenges with a focus on innovation and digital transformation.

We are in constant touch with the leaders in supply chain, inviting them to inspire the supply chain professionals in thought-provoking podcast episodes and events, and showcasing what is possible at the yearly Leaders in Supply Chain Awards.

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