Why I joined EY's Supply Chain Operations Advisory team

Claire Gilpin

Why I joined EY's Supply Chain Advisory team

I am part of the EY Supply Chain Operations Advisory team, let me tell you what led me to want to become part of this team.

I first gained an interest in Business Studies at A level which made me keen to study towards a Business Management degree, which I did at Queen’s University Belfast. A valuable addition to my degree was the option of a placement year which led me to spend 14 months at the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Working within their Electric power division, specifically their global supply chain function. I was exposed to the global Facility Supply Chain Managers and I reported on the monthly supply and demand information.

Alongside this, the organisation was going through many change initiatives that led me to be heavily involved in a lot of project work including developing a new SAP system to replace an existing excel based process, which sparked my interest. This led me on a clear path towards consultancy and towards the supply chain function where I felt a large impact could be made on the business. The supply chain is the hub of the business coordinating the whole chain of business activities therefore any improvement projects will cause a noticeable benefit to the company, it is rewarding to see you have made a positive impact on a business.

I made the choice to come to EY as they are the leader in terms of the Big 4 for appreciating the need for a work-life balance, they also have a reputation for being supportive and having an open working environment. Now that I have been working here a year I can truly say that the people are a true asset to the company and contribute to making working life enjoyable. The Senior people within the business are very approachable and there are a number of initiatives to bring the team together on a social level such as the CSR days and coffee roulette’s each month.




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