Melissa Tata
Director of Program Management for Global Supply Chain Enablement
Dell

Sterling, MA

“Embrace the opportunity to drive tangible results and increase value to your community. Rotate through a variety of job functions early in your career to better comprehend cross-functional metrics, interdependencies and your strengths. Lead a large operations team, consider international opportunities and share your successes and diverse perspective.”

Melissa applies her technical background and outstanding interpersonal skills to oversee execution of supply chain programs to reduce cost and improve cycle time, working with original design manufacturers, third-party logistics providers and Dell’s own facilities. During her 14-year tenure at Dell, Melissa has successfully driven more than $55 million in annual savings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and optimal usage of more than $15 million in annual operating expense budgets.  Melissa led a Six Sigma Black Belt program to optimize manufacturing utilization by duplicating facility capability and distributing orders based on delivery location. With Melissa’s guidance, the 150-plus member cross-functional team drove improved working hours, $13.5 million in annual savings and faster customer delivery.

In addition to continued expansion of her responsibilities at Dell, Melissa also developed empowerment, strategic planning and communication skills via leadership in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  Melissa served as Society President of this 25,000 member organization from 2011 to 2012.  During her tenure, she participated in several White House events to promote recruitment and retention of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.  Melissa has a passion for manufacturing engineering and developing talent, and shares her experiences to encourage others on the local, national and international level.

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