July 16, 2018

Intern report: Maria Daniela Aguilera at Moen

Maria Daniela Aguilera is a candidate in Weatherhead's MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management program 

Everything started with an elevator pitch. I met a Moen recruiter and the company’s Forecast Manager at Weatherhead’s Career Fair last fall. I gave them my pitch, using the knowledge I had researched about Moen and the training I had received from the Career Management Office (CMO), which made for an interesting conversation. They encouraged me to apply online for an internship and after a few weeks, I received an email from Human Resources inviting me to interview with the VP of Supply Chain and two of the Supply Chain Managers. The interviews went well and I landed the internship.

As the number one faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products, garbage disposals and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features and lasting value. The Moen Values are: Do what’s right, work together and get results. Since the beginning, I knew these values were a good fit with the type of company culture I was looking for.

During the first days on the job, I learned about the organization, the products and their supply chain structure. I met with the master schedulers, the demand planners and the supply chain managers to understand their goals and how I could help them achieve them during my internship. I also visited the customer service call center facilities and the quality laboratories, which are amazing. During these visits, I kept applying all the networking skills learned in Weatherhead.

In my first two months at Moen, I have been working in the Global Inventory team, assigned to a project called: Right Sized Inventory, in which I have been analyzing data, demand behaviors and applying the supply chain concepts and previous experience in order to verify the proper safety stock levels by SKU and by location. I am also using a program that is built based on Monte-Carlo simulations, to best determine inventory size.  

I had been applying everything I learned from ERP, Computer simulation, statistics, optimization modeling and operations in my work. The knowledge acquired during my first year at Weatherhead has been very beneficial, especially when analyzing the demand distributions and making simulations to verify the adequate safety stock levels.

I am thankful to be working with the Global Inventory team because they are brilliant, and a great team to work with. The manager is always checking in with me about my internship and making sure that the tasks I’m assigned are aligned with my career objectives and the concepts I learned in the OR program.  Also, I have been working a fellow Weatherhead alumnus who is an experienced and smart professional responsible for the safety stock calculations for each SKU in each location. He has helped me understand the particular master data configuration of the different product characteristics as well as the various tools available to work with significant amounts of data.

I have been working in other supply chain department projects too, such as inventory matching with external suppliers, where I’m able to apply my VSM and LEAN knowledge and MOQ verification skills for specific types of products.

I’m grateful to the CMO, all my professors and staff for all the help and support they gave me in the first year of the program. Everything has been handy during my internship experience, and for all those that are now in the middle of the summer internships, enjoy the time, learn and contribute as much as possible, develop your skills, build professional relationships and challenge yourself—every day is a new opportunity!

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