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What does Anna do as an Eaton Category Manager in Poland?

What does Anna do as an Eaton Category Manager in Poland?

 November 07, 2019

Anna Chabros is Category Manager Transformers, Toroidals, Inductor Box Assemblies, Reactors, Filters and Solenoids for Eaton in Poland.

With a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry, Anna shares her Eaton journey and discusses her work as a Category Manager with Where Women Work.

A multi-faceted role with great management support

Anna is skilled in supplier performance, spend analysis, supplier evaluation, supplier quality and global sourcing. She describes how her role works on a daily basis. “I deal with Magnetic products for all sites of Eaton worldwide. My position is a strategic procurement role covering deployment of strategic partnerships with suppliers that shall comply with all Eaton terms and conditions.”

As Category Manager, Anna is responsible for annual pricing negotiations and building a strategy that suits the business best with the most effective technology and at the best price. Her job requires analytical skills, relationship building, good time management, negotiations, problem solving and a desire to learn.

“The most challenging aspects of my job are time management and dealing with stress; but my direct management supports me thanks to close and regular communication. The best part of my role is making new acquaintances and the feeling of satisfaction once successful negotiations are conducted based on good preparations,” adds Anna.

Embracing challenge and opportunity in a multinational company

Looking further at the challenges and opportunities that come with working at Eaton, Anna says learning about “the environment of your position and structure of the organisation” is important.

“In a multinational company, networking is a must because you learn more when talking to people and you receive support,” she explains. “The higher position you occupy the more important time management becomes and overcoming stress can become a personal challenge. However, working in a multinational enterprise broadens your mind, your world perception, and your understanding different business cultures. The opportunity to travel also allows you to learn more about other countries, their culture and see some interesting landscapes.”

Something that helps Anna to tackle any challenges she faces is Eaton’s work culture and treatment of its employees.

“Eaton’s work culture reflects ethical behaviour, requires respect and equal treatment and offers opportunities to develop and learn,” explains Anna. “The selection of employees is tremendous at Eaton and all the managers I’ve had are fantastically open-minded people with whom I can openly exchange thoughts and think about further development, as well as discuss issues and find consensus on resolving problems.”

“I found my job really clicked for me just after six months to one year in the position – I could then feel how much I had learnt so far and better see my potential to develop further. As a woman working in a procurement position in the industry I also now feel I contribute to Eaton’s bigger picture by promoting to Eaton ideas of equal gender opportunities,” comments Anna.

Advice for further women looking to join Eaton

With the company’s culture in mind, Anna offers the following advice for further women looking to work with Eaton. “Enthusiasm, analytical skills, negotiation skills, a problem solving approach and good time management are all highly valued attributes at Eaton - as is possessing a self-driven personality.”

“It is a challenge to overcome weaknesses or what we perceive to be our weaknesses. Once we leave our comfort zone, we can see what we really achieve. We just have to trust, be prepared, plan our time and collect the best people around us to strengthen us. Have fun whatever you do and you can be successful. But remember that being successful means meeting your own reasonable targets,” she continues.

Highly motivated professionally and personally

But what is life like for Anna away from work? Anna describes herself as equally engaged and highly motivated to reach her targets whether she is at home or in the office. “It can be a target of the day or target of the year. My enthusiasm for life stays high and allows me to grab the best from both worlds – private and professional – is my life engine to enjoy all I do,” she explains..

In her down-time, Anna enjoys relaxing her mind and body and pursuing water sports. “Water makes me peaceful so I am a fan of water sports and always seek vacation destinations where open water is available. I sail, swim, and continuously find new challenges like kite surfing in Cabo Verde or sailing on the open sea,” she reflects. “Everyday life is easier for me when I can pursue indoor sports – pole fitness helps me keep in good shape after long working hours. I also enjoy history and Spanish culture. My latest interest is reading memoirs and biographies of strong women who might not have been public figures but were able to influence others.”

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