Melanie Helmer
Senior Buyer
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.
Pompano Beach, FL

"When I think about manufacturing in the U.S., the name that comes to mind is Henry Ford, who once said 'Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.' I consider teamwork and innovation to be the drivers that will continue to make manufacturing strong.”

Melanie has been instrumental in finding new opportunities to improve processes within the purchasing department at HOERBIGER KT.   From a global perspective, she manages $11M of spend annual, of which $9M is intercompany spend within the division. Her leadership brings our local purchasing team together with global HOERBIGER procurement, supported by our local information systems team to utilize more web-based order processing and advanced SAP functionality. 
Melanie’s career in purchasing began in Germany while working for HOERBIGER, where she became an expert in SAP functionality. When HOERBIGER Corporation of America (HCA) migrated to SAP, Melanie was asked to come to the United States to train the team.  Melanie’s exceptional skills in this area resulted in a permanent job offer, which she accepted, moving from her small village in Germany to Pompano, FL.
Recently Melanie was recommended to participate on a continuous improvement team, requiring her to work with different departments and colleagues that she did not know well. Her ability to think creatively and coordinate and lead this effort ensured the success of the project.
Melanie’s accomplishments at HOERBIGER can be attributed to her delightful personality, her passion for her work, and her initiative. She interacts well with others, always open to exploring and improving new processes that drive improvement. In 2012, Melanie received the “Recognition of Excellence” award presented by the South Florida Manufacturers Association. She is a member of the American Purchasing Society and is currently enrolled to obtain her Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification.

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