Anderson, Indiana

AU grad making a difference at Proctor & Gamble

Fri, 2009-02-13 15:53 -- univcomm
February 13, 2009

katherineKatherine (Hinkley) Storer, a 2007 AU alumna who majored in global business management and psychology, now works as the purchasing manager for Procter & Gamble. "My passions are people and cultures, and my job enables me to interact with both," she says.

As purchasing manager, she develops and implements strategy for sourcing fastening materials for the North American Baby, Health, and Home Care businesses.

"Although I am responsible solely for North American Fastening, I am part of a global team with global suppliers," she explains. "I daily work with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds, and I learn constantly."

Katherine's responsibilities include: management of supply assurance for three plants, participation in a global team that manages 30 plants, linking technical counterparts to develop the global short- and long-term hook strategy, and ownership of the global relationship with a key supplier.

If her performance thus far is any indication, Katherine is not intimidated by the responsibility. During her first year, she saved or cost-avoided about $7 million for Procter & Gamble. She also moved a key supplier from fixed pricing to a new pricing model, which she created to ensure the supplier’s resiliency and Procter & Gamble’s financial predictability.

"I have wanted to work for P&G for as long as I can remember," says Katherine. "The more I researched the company, the more I respected it and determined that my values meshed well with those of P&G." She completed an internship at Procter & Gamble the summer before her senior year. The internship eventually turned into a full-time job offer.

Katherine's experience at AU helped her get the job. "The professors in the Falls School of Business and my coursework taught me how to think. My involvement in SIFE exposed me to P&G, provided me with valuable experience that aided me to be 'qualified' for the role, and a contact from one of the professors helped me to get connected internally."

In addition to working at Proctor & Gamble, Katherine plans to begin her MBA this fall at either the University of Chicago or Northwestern University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.