Tell us who you are!
I am Sr. Global Strategic Sourcing Manager in Bayer’s Global Procurement organization. In this role I develop sourcing solutions to support business goals and optimize Bayer’s partnerships with external suppliers. I am a committed professional who enjoys tackling business challenges collaboratively and developing creative/effective solutions to both recurring and uncommon problems. Throughout my career I have enjoyed and benefited from the mentoring process both as a mentee and mentor. My approach to mentoring is strategically tailored to the individual’s needs and leverages experiences from my career as a thought & action leader.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
In my career I have performed in a broad range of positions levering my technical and business education (BS-Chemistry & MBA-NYU-Stern, School of Business). I began my careers as a researcher, then progressed to Quality Assurance and sales.. I was recruited into consulting as a Sourcing Analyst. About a decade ago I entered the Life Sciences / Pharmaceutical Industry as a Sales Representative. I joined Bayer in 2008 and have held many positions within Global Strategic Sourcing, culminating in the role I currently have as Sr. Sourcing Manager.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Social capital is a great way for people to mutually learn from each other by sharing life experiences (both professional and personal). Mentors and Mentees can expand and improve upon their vision, perspectives on how to handle different situations and learn from one another. The secret nowadays is to maximize your “return” on social capital by leveraging all of the social networks most effectively. This is something I am in the process of learning myself and is an example of where I may be able to learn from my mentees.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
Many factors contribute to one’s success – some strengths that I possess are passion / strong work ethic and commitment, ability to foster cohesive teams, collaboration and creative approaches to problem solving. But from a “life” standpoint – the most important factor in my mind is how I approach life. I take it one day at a time and try to think big picture and not sweat the small stuff. My collegial and “laissez faire”/relaxed approach to business has really helped me in building strong and sustainable relationships the outcome of which is better business results
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
My biggest achievement has likely been the setup and management of a sourcing analyst program which supported over 250 Bayer sourcing managers across multiple countries.
On a personal level, I am a mentor to my siblings, my friends and am a well-settled family man in NJ.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
The skills which helped me get to where I am today include: being fully engaged in my work, looking for unique solutions and building genuine relationship with people. Hindrances for me may be my desire to offer too much help to too many people which can possibly stretch me too thin and slow down my critical project work.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
My aspiration as a 1 World Mentor is to build solid relationships with Mentees where we can develop new approaches to every day challenges through open and honest discussions.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I look forward to actively listening to understand my Mentees’ goals and objectives to be able to provide perspectives on how their goals may be fulfilled and give my Mentees with experience that will help them achieve success. I will also help to expand their network by introducing them to internal and external colleagues who may also be able to help them better navigate their careers.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
I don’t think there is a “one-size” fits all – so I do not have an “ideal” 1 World Mentee in mind. However, I think important skills that a 1 World Mentee should possess include: having a strong work ethic and is excited about (1) developing themselves, (2) growing their career (3) and maintaining a work-life balance.
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
My aspirations for my 1 World Mentee(s) are that at the end of our time, my mentee will have made progress towards their personal and professional goals, feel confident that their career is moving in the right direction and that they can count on me to continue to continue to guide them in their careers.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Glass ceilings are a ubiquitous reality — not limited to either the young or females but rather for all who are perceived as being not in the mainstream or “different”. By searching for what is common among us all, we can undoubtedly break such ceilings and progress towards fairer and more successful outcomes.
Additionally, the existence of glass ceilings can differ from organization to organization. The first place to look for this existence is “within” at your leadership team. What does it look like from the ground level? If a glass ceiling exists in your environment, try and find someone who may have broken through and network to identify what how you can crack the glass.