From The Assembly Bench

I work for an instrument manufacturer. Specifically, I work in the supply chain group of the company. What does that mean, exactly?

Well, currently it means I am one of three planners that coordinate between the buyers, the manufacturing groups (there are three), research and development, and cost accounting (along with a few other groups ad hoc as well), to make the amazing biotech machines we sell around the world.

What it also means, is that I’m still learning. It means I’m learning system work (enterprise resource planning), forecasting techniques, problem-solving disconnects in data, supporting technical development, and different ways to report out data to illustrate where we are in our workflows, etc.

What does all THAT mean? It means I’m humbled nearly every day. I only began doing planning work about a year and half back; prior to that I worked in other business disciplines. It ALSO means I’m stimulated and delighted with the work I do, and the people I work with. The work is challenging, the people pretty well fantastic to a person, and the industry is interesting.

It also means that sometimes a blog post comes from the assembly bench on the manufacturing floor. And that?

Well, that’s GOOD.

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