The Allegion Supply Chain Leadership Program (SCLP) provides early-career employees with the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience through four six-month long rotations in supply chain management at Allegion facilities worldwide. The first cohort finished its two-year-long experience in Q4 of 2019.
Three of the six-month assignments are in one of the following areas: manufacturing engineering, global supply management, materials/logistics, enterprise excellence, advanced manufacturing, quality and environmental health and safety (EHS). The program requires each employee to complete at least one rotation as a supply chain supervisor, but otherwise tailors the supply chain placements to each participant’s professional development goals. “Leadership is at the core of the program,” says 2019 cohort member Austin Fisher, who just finished his first rotation as a front-line supervisor at Indianapolis Operations. “So, this role is one of the most beneficial ones you have.”
After Logistics Manager Erica McBride-Rapp joined the inaugural 2017 cohort, she spent her first six-month rotation in Carmel in global distribution. She then went to Allegion’s Blue Ash, Ohio plant, where she worked as a front-line supervisor for Steelcraft frames. Her third role was in materials control in Colorado, and she rounded out her program experience in Olathe, Kans. as a materials project manager at the company’s distribution center. “What manufacturing offers is so broad,” McBride-Rapp said of her experience. “You can get into so many different avenues. No matter if you're driven from a quality perspective, engineering perspective, lean management, actual shipping and distribution, logistics…there are so many things you can go into. The opportunities are endless, and it will never be the same challenge or same thing, day to day.”
Senior Vice President of Global Operations Chris Muhlenkamp says the goal of the SCLP goes beyond experience in supply chain: “We designed the program to support candidates in building a network that they would have a series of resources they could reach out to when facing a difficult situation or a challenge.”
The program is set up to contribute to Allegion’s talent pipeline by providing candidates with a host of experiences that enable them to have a wider view of the opportunities that exist within Allegion, including international assignments. Another 2017 cohort member, Enterprise Excellence Change Agent Andrew Towne, went abroad for six months of his program experience. “I think I was asked during the interview process if I was interested or willing to go work abroad, because unlike a lot of other programs, this one does have a global function,” he said. “It was a little scary to hear about my Poland position, initially. But having a chance to work out of the country early in my career is an invaluable experience.”
Poland was a standout finish to Towne’s first three rotations. He started as a front-line supervisor at Indy Operations with 54 hourly employees. He leveraged his mechanical engineering background in his second rotation, when he joined Allegion’s Advanced Manufacturing team. Towne spent his time at Snoqualmie, Wash. and Perrysburg, Ohio, working on behalf of TGP. His third rotation was around a CAD CAM configurator project, where he updated and automated systems and processes as a project manager in Blue Ash, Ohio. “Before this program, I don’t think I understood just how many engineering opportunities there are in supply chain,” Towne explained. “When I first heard ‘supply chain,’ I thought about people in procurement, people at a desk talking to suppliers, versus the reality that every facility has its own engineering team.”
The program recently kicked off its second cohort of early career professionals. “The amount of knowledge and exposure that you get in such a short amount of time is really valuable,” said Fisher. “It feels like you get 10 years’ experience in two years, and that’s a big thing for someone early in their career.”
“Participants are building their brand based on the performances they provide in each rotation,” Muhlenkamp explains. “This exposure across a wider set of eyes creates a strong pull for them and for their talents. I’m confident these individuals will have long and successful careers with Allegion.”
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“Already this program has given me so much exposure, more than I thought I was going to get,” recalls Fisher. “It really puts you out of your comfort zone, but you grow as a leader. You get exposure to senior leadership. It’s a great program for anyone to get into.”
“This program gives you the opportunity to be on site, work with different Allegion employees and get to learn the operations in the U.S. and globally, as a whole,” McBride-Rapp explains. “It’s more interaction with the business and getting to know the different individuals, their process and how our company runs.”
“You don’t know what you don’t know. Make use of the experts around you and leverage what they’ve learned. This program will help you learn when and how to ask the right questions,” said Towne. “A combination of luck and opportunity will get you far in life. And this is the opportunity.”
Are you or someone you know interested in SCLP? If you meet the qualifications below, look for program positions on our Careers site in September, when the application for the next cohort launches.
(Note: you do not need to be a current Allegion employee to apply.)
For more information, reach out to the program administrator at Sean.Baylor@allegion.com.