As a Procurement Planner at STIHL Inc., Ludmilla's job is to react to the unexpected. Supply chains
are already difficult to maintain when things go as planned, but they're even more challenging when
you consider unexpected events like weather, shipping delays, supply shortages and changing
demand. Ludmilla is not only up to the task, she's been doing it for over five years.
Supply chains are critical to the operation of STIHL Inc., which produces thousands of products each
day at its Virginia Beach, VA facility. From raw materials to specialized parts, timely deliveries are
important because they affect every aspect of production. If a delivery is missed, it causes a delay,
which in turn causes additional delays throughout the production process. People like Ludmilla try to
make certain that doesn't happen.
"If there's a delay, I have to make sure that parts get received here as soon as possible. I may have
to arrange an air freight or expedite deliveries to keep our assembly lines running to ensure our
customers have the products they need."
Ludmilla began working at STIHL as an intern. During her first plant tour, she was immediately
impressed with the production floor - its well-kept layout, cleanliness and state-of-the-art equipment.
As she continued her employment at STIHL, Ludmilla has earned several professional certifications that are recognized in the industry.
"I think a lot of people don't know that STIHL is very committed to education. I have acquired
certifications that help me a lot in my daily job. Both certifications were paid for by STIHL. I'm now
working on my MBA."
Now no longer an intern, Ludmilla has grown to become a key member of the company's success. Her
job isn't easy, but it's one she finds exciting. Every day offers a new challenge and opportunity for
"My job is truly dynamic. I work with a lot of different suppliers worldwide to ensure we keep our
assembly lines running. I'm very proud to work at STIHL Inc."