Bronco Spotlight: Layla Farwana

Bachelor of Business Administration, integrated supply management, 2014

Current Job Title:

Logistics and Packaging Analyst

Current Employer:

Eaton Corporation

Describe your current job:

In my current role, I support eight Eaton plants in our vehicle group division on inventory replenishment. I support plants across the globe, primarily in APAC and EMEA regions. I also support with cost out projects related to returnable packaging for our NAFTA transmission and clutch plants.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

One of the most rewarding things about my job, is the opportunity to work with our Eaton teams across the globe. I love being able to learn about how our business works in the global market and have learned a lot about the different cultures and backgrounds of other Eaton employees.    The most challenging thing is adapting to change and process improvement. With the market continuously changing, you have to be able to react quickly and effectively. Every day brings its own set of challenges and learning how to handle these changes while maintaining your goals has definitely been an eye-opening experience.

If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development?

Classroom instruction is great, but nothing beats on the job experience. This is where I learned the most about supply chain during my undergrad. I had an internship and a co-op while I was a student and each one provided different experiences. In my internship, I learned about manufacturing and distribution, and I was able to see the supply chain as a whole. I was in the plant when the raw material arrived and I was in the distribution center when the finished product was ready to be shipped to the customer. Being able to see this process from start to finish really provided me with a clear image on the different factors in a supply chain.  My co-op was at Eaton Corporation where I currently work, and I did two separate rotations between program management and purchasing. Our ISM program has a stronger focus on purchasing, but being able to actually work alongside buyers and commodity managers was a great experience.  Having these experiences early on definitely provided me with a lot of knowledge on supply chain before I started in industry. I would recommend all students to get an internship before they graduate, because some lessons cannot be taught in a classroom!

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?

I think a lot of students struggle with finding out what they would like to do after graduation, but I think the most important thing is to find a job that you will be happy with. A lot of people think that finding the highest paying job is most important, but at the end of the day, money comes and goes. If you are not happy with your job, no amount of money can change that.  Find something that will make you happy and don't settle.

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