How My Hard Work Paid Off: Evan’s Supply Chain Success Story

Are you a hardworking individual with a desire to grow your career in a team-oriented environment? A supply chain career with UPMC could be the best place to start! Throughout the month of March, read the stories of four individuals who found meaningful careers on the supply chain teams of UPMC, and why they’d recommend pursuing a spot with UPMC supply chain. 

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By Evan Proksell, Corporate Supply Chain, Supply Chain Analyst

Former NFL player Ralph Marston once said, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” In my three years at UPMC, I’ve kept this concept in mind as my goals have developed and my career has come together.  

After graduating from college in 2014, I started working a warehouse position at UPMC’s Consolidated Service Center. I started to learn the operations behind the supply chain and how hospitals get their supplies, and my interest grew. After a couple years of stocking hospital supplies, running machinery, and keeping inventory moving, I found a specialist position at UPMC Shadyside. It was at UPMC Shadyside that I gained even more knowledge about how the hospitals operate, and I was able to see the other side of the operation. I saw firsthand how different products I worked with in the warehouse were used and how important they were for helping patients who were sick or hurt.  

“I saw firsthand how different products I worked with in the warehouse were used and how important they were for helping patients who were sick or hurt…I know how important it is for patients to get what they need.”  

 While the tasks of that particular role and other entry-level supply chain roles were pretty straightforward, my experience was also defined by the people around me. As a supply chain specialist at UPMC Shadyside, I benefitted from the friendliness of the employees and nursing staff there during my work. Though our jobs were totally different, they were always so welcoming and thankful to me for getting them the supplies they needed. They would often invite me to parties on the floors, where there was food and dessert, and made me feel that the part I played was important, too.  

These days, I am back at UPMC’s Consolidated Service Center, but this time as a supply chain analyst. In this role, my primary job is to settle discrepancies between vendors and end users. I work to identify these kinds of problems and resolve them. Another essential part of my job is processing rush requests for hospitals. If a hospital is running low on an important item, it may reach out to us to get it. My job is to determine if there is enough available in the warehouse to send to the hospital. It’s really motivating to know that what I do makes a difference in the way we get supplies to the hospitals. I have seen these products and how some of them are used at the hospitals, so I know how important it is for patients to get what they need. 

“I’ve seen the results of working hard and how far you can go by doing so. Realizing this, I continued to push myself while maintaining a positive attitude, and now I’m in my third promotion at UPMC in just three years!”

 I have big goals for my future, but for now I plan to continue to gain experience and work my way up the ladder, hopefully becoming a manager. From there I hope to lead a team to create a more efficient and cohesive system for the distribution of supplies. Starting out in an entry-level position in supply chain made me a hard worker, so I’ve learned what it takes to work as a team to achieve a goal. I’ve seen the results of working hard and how far you can go by doing so. Realizing this, I continued to push myself while maintaining a positive attitude, and now I’m in my third promotion at UPMC in just three years!

If anyone out there reading this is thinking about a supply chain career, I encourage them to think back to that quote by former NFL player Ralph Marston: “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.If you want to improve your tomorrow, I suggest starting today at UPMC. This role has allowed me to gain skills and taught me lessons that make me a better employee and community member. My co-workers and bosses here helped me believe in myself and get to where I am today, instilling in me a value for teamwork. My work-life balance frees me up to live an enriched life, one that includes hobbies like coaching volleyball, watching Pittsburgh sports, and spending time with family and friends.  

If you’re ready to make a better tomorrow for yourself, come join my team at UPMC.  

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Live out your own success story with UPMC supply chain

A career with UPMC provides opportunities to achieve the goals you have for your career and your personal life. Explore a career path with supply chain and learn more about the opportunities you can pursue to get you to where you want to be.

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