Rachel Hawn
Supply Chain Analyst
AGCO Corporation

“Manufacturing is evolving in leaps and bounds, and to be a part of those big changes and continuing evolution is my passion. With forward thinking and continuous improvements there is no limit to what manufacturing can accomplish.”

The AGCO facility in Jackson, Minnesota, wouldn’t be the success it is without the work of Rachel Hawn, senior materials analyst. With responsibilities including material flow efficiency, maintaining optimal inventory levels and part replenishment, Rachel works cross-functionally to bridge the gaps between purchasing and material handling. Recently, she was challenged to make sure there is a Plan for Every Part (PFEP) of the AGCO Corporation tractors. This required Rachel to develop a wide variety of new plans including warehouse strategies and material path flows.

As she developed the PFEP manual, Rachel identified the skills needed within the group to achieve a successful outcome. She created a skills matrix, identified training resources and implemented a training plan in partnership with the AGCO Training Academy to improve team capability. Through all her work, Rachel emerged as a leader within ACGO who continuously displays ownership and leadership among her colleagues.

Rachel regularly coaches and mentors her peers, sharing what she has learned to improve results. Recently, Rachel volunteered to be the “Lean Office Champion.” In this role, Rachel works with each team member to adopt Lean principles, taking advantage of their time together to encourage others into leadership roles.

Rachel is a valuable leader in her place of work and her vibrant community. As a resident of Superior, Iowa, a small town with barely over 100 residents, Rachel knows that every volunteer contribution counts. She has served on the Superior City Council and other committees since 2010 when she was just 23. Within the City Council, she writes grants for the Parks Committee and Fire Agency to secure funding. Her grant writing efforts have helped the city pay for new wildland fire fighter gear as well as fund park playground equipment.

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