Dr. Nitya Vittal
Regional Materials Director
Jabil Circuit, Inc.
"Manufacturing is a platform for innovation, creativity, leadership, and key to the development of the economy. Working closely with people from diverse cultures made me realize that manufacturing is a great equalizer, with customer satisfaction as primary focus, and a great place for mentoring people into leadership roles."
Nitya has taken on the challenge of improving the materials organization in the Memphis site over the last two years. She is greatly reducing costs (material handling costs are down 25% year-over-year in stable account) and is continually improving processes (her group has saved over $300,000 in last year’s initiatives). By leveraging the skills she honed across the world at other sites, Nitya is able to help the team through challenging situations.
Before Nitya arrived, the Memphis materials organization was in rebuilding-mode. Since she joined the team, she has taken several of her team members under her wing to help them develop professionally. Many have benefited from her guidance and the team is stronger because of her. She has also recruited and developed several other managers over the last year. Throughout her 11.5 year career at Jabil, Nitya has always focused on developing talent in the organization by succession planning and identifying members of her team to train and mentor into leadership roles. Furthermore, she has been able to accomplish this while working with various cultures across different sites.
Nitya is involved in the local birding community in Memphis, Tennessee. As a member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, she works with other members on various aspects of the conservation of birds and their habitats. Nitya also supports Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and participates in the Jabil Cares Pumpkin Runs, an annual run benefitting the hospital. Her impact extends internationally. During her time at the Jabil site in India, she was actively involved in environment awareness programs aimed at school-aged children in rural and urban communities. Her work with the students showed them how they can make a difference in the environment.