Hello! My name is Sophie, I’m 26 years old and come from Germany. I studied International Business Administration and Management in Bamberg, Germany, and followed a double degree diploma with a Business School in Montpellier, France, during my master’s degree. In 2019, I came to the Netherlands for my internship at AkzoNobel, during which I supported the production planner of our production site in Barcelona. After that I had the great opportunity to stay in the AMP team and since September 2019, I’m planning the production of two units in Montataire, France.
Especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, a day as a production planner was never the same as the previous one. However, there are some recurring tasks. These include for example: creating and releasing production orders based on demand and capacity, preparing standard reports and capacity analyses, regular meetings with the production site as well as following up on material availability and requests from our demand teams. Next to that I get to work on process improvements within our team as well as at the production site.
What I enjoy most about AkzoNobel and specifically about our team is the diverse and international environment. My colleagues come from around the world and together we learn from and support each other. Additionally, AkzoNobel offers great opportunities to grow personally and professionally, for example by following CI trainings or the APICS training or simply by giving each planner a lot of autonomy and responsibility from day 1, while still showing support and appreciation for your work.
The pandemic has for sure been the most challenging time for me as a production planner. Not only did we suddenly have to work from home, we also saw a lot of shifts in demand, causing shortages of materials and instability of the planning. This required quick reactions and out of the box thinking to still be able to serve our customers. That we managed to keep up the team spirit and do our best to deliver up to our promises was very rewarding for me.
My future goals are to further grow as a production planner, but also to pick up more responsibilities in material planning in order to become a more experienced supply chain professional and to eventually take on new challenges within AkzoNobel.