Finding your professional passion isn’t easy. Finding a company where you can pursue that passion, and whose mission aligns with your values and personality, can be even harder.
For some people, this process can take years — and several career changes. For Danielle Boffice, a senior analyst at HAVI, it took just two internships.
HAVI provides businesses around the world — particularly those in the restaurant industry — with packaging, logistics, supply chain management, and marketing and analytics services.
“Although I was studying analytics, I did not start to appreciate the field until I was working with HAVI,” said Boffice. “I love working hands-on with supply chain data and solving problems using different tools and approaches.”
We recently spoke with Boffice to learn more about her journey from intern to senior analyst, what her team is working on and what they look for when hiring.
You went from a summer intern to a senior analyst in under three years. What was that journey like, and how did HAVI support your career development?
I fell in love with the work I was doing during my summer internship in 2015, which focused on optimization. At the end of my internship, I was approached by the team to stay on part time while I finished my last year of school. In May 2016, HAVI offered me a full-time role. My team was excellent at exposing me to different types of projects and including me in stakeholder meetings. I quickly went from a supporting role to a client-facing one and began to lead external engagements and deliverables.
One thing I have come to appreciate about my team is that you can realize immediate results.”
What originally sparked your interest in data analytics?
Although I was studying analytics, I did not start to appreciate the field until I was working with HAVI. It wasn’t until my second internship, when I joined the optimization team, that I realized analytics was my true passion. I love working hands-on with supply chain data and solving problems using different tools and approaches. You get to work closely with internal and external partners to ensure you are interpreting data correctly and resolving issues. Then, creativity flourishes as you model the real-world supply network to create a snapshot in time.
Can you describe your role and what your team is working on?
My current role includes supporting and leading projects, including risk assessments, contingency planning, strategic sourcing events and the ongoing managed service of categories. We evaluate the categorial risk of a product category from a raw material and/or plant capacity and finished goods level. We also evaluate the cost to serve and recommend line-of-supply changes to help mitigate risk and achieve cost savings.
What makes your team’s work unique?
One thing I have come to appreciate about my team is that you can realize immediate results. A majority of the time, we are suggesting changes to the production source of a product. When we do this, we can see the implementation of what we are recommending in real time. Another exciting piece of our evolution is becoming a more global team. We have moved from supporting only North American strategies to supporting European and global strategies as well. This has allowed us to model additional modes, such as ocean freight, and look at pricing, which includes duties and tariffs.
Can you describe your team’s culture? How does it reflect HAVI’s culture as a whole, and what makes it different?
We are small but powerful, with only six members, four of whom are female. We drive powerful results to our clients and HAVI. We take what is happening in the real world and model a snapshot in time to benchmark and find ways to mitigate supply risk and uncover cost-saving opportunities. We also act a bit differently than our service lines within HAVI due to our consultative mindsets. We are largely a project team instead of a day-to-day support team.
What does your team look for when hiring?
Our team looks for a very specialized skill set when hiring. On one hand, candidates need to have the ability to work independently to overcome challenges involved with data and modeling issues. On the other hand, our team is client-facing, and we spend a significant amount of time collaborating with other business partners and clients. This means we are constantly looking for that diamond in the rough who can drive analytics but also communicate effectively during client meetings and team collaboration.