#164: From ‘Hell’ to Heights: Journey in Supply Chain Leadership

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Melanie Haas is the EVP of Supply Management at Rosenberger Group. Prior to Rosenberger, she brought an impressive 16-year experience at Continental AG, working in different countries and roles within supply chain and operations. Melanie is passionate about technologies serving supply chain, by integrating technology she not only enhances customer satisfaction but also massively drives up productivity.

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Melanie Haas: LinkedIn

Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  • Melanie’s unconventional Supply Chain journey
  • Juggling career and family in a man’s industrial world
  • Leading from the front: Melanie’s role in company growth
  • The ERP Adventure: Melanie’s Roller Coaster ride in tech transformation
  • Tomorrow’s Tools: Tech trends shaping the future of Supply Chain
  • Beyond the Resume: What are the sought-after qualities in Supply Chain Talent

Show notes:

  • [01:07] Why did you choose supply chain as a career? 
  • [05:25] “Rosenberger itself, if you look back 20 years ago, it was a company with 500 people, now we have 50,000. In just the last five years, we doubled in revenue. And our prediction or projection says that we are doubling again in the next five years.” 
  • [06:22] As a working mother, how did you make it to the top, especially in a man-dominated industry like the industrial sector?
  • [08:30] “My experience was even when everyone was saying that it was so bad if you had the slightest improvement, it was already a big step.” 
  • [09:20] Why do you take a difficult way and you’re cool in embracing challenges? What are the learnings there?
  • [10:41] What are your current responsibilities and priorities at Rosenberger?
  • [13:56] If you were to pick the top three major challenges, what would that be?
  • [15:29] You’ve been in the current role for two years, what are some of the things to celebrate?
  • [17:30] You’re doing some project that is around technology for supply chain, share with us some of your leading tech-driven projects.
  • [19:44] What are the new technologies that will impact the future of supply chain?
  • [20:49 ] Could you share with us some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of your career? And what are the key learnings?
  • [23:00] What are the major qualities you look for the supply chain talent? 
  • [25:05] Any specific advice for female professionals in supply chain?
  • [26:57] What is the one book that you would recommend?

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About the Host:

The host, Fei Yu has over 15+ years of experience in Executive Search and Talent Acquisition & Management, gained from top-tier consultancy and premium executive search firms. She is an advocate of cross-cultural networking and has successfully organized and moderated public events.

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-based 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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