Faces of Magnum:
Never one to shy away from a problem, Supply Chain Engineer Nathan Maciej is streamlining work at the Magnum Corporate Warehouse.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from NDSU in 2019 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
What is your current job title?
I’m a supply chain engineer, but that means a lot of different things.
How long have you worked at Magnum?
Well, in February of 2019, I applied for a supply chain engineer internship at Magnum. I interviewed and got the internship, and then when I graduated from school that spring, they decided to open it up to a full-time position. So, it’s been a little over two years now.
Why did you choose to work at Magnum?
When I interviewed for the internship here, the big thing that drew me in is that I was told I would be exposed a lot of different things here. In industrial engineering, people tend to think it’s just about manufacturing; for example, you go to a Case plant and just look at an assembly line. At Magnum, I got to a good mix of problems that I got to tackle. That’s what attracted me to the company.
Can you tell us a bit about the day-to-day of your job?
I basically solve warehouse-related problems, and I’ve tackled a few other things as well. If a problem comes up and they need somebody to look at it, I’m the guy they ask to figure it out. One good example would be my work setting up a new warehouse management system. Essentially, it just digitally tracks our inventory. I did all the training to learn how to use the system and then onboarded all of our existing inventory warehouses.
What’s the best part of your job?
I get a really diverse problem set to look at. Every day brings a new problem, so it’s never boring.
What is the hardest part about your job?
I’m still young and still learning how to be a leader. At points, it’s challenging to translate the skills I learned in school into actual application in real life.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role?
Ask a lot of questions! There are a lot of things to learn in the warehouse, and you aren’t going to know what’s going on right away. I learned the importance of asking questions firsthand – I was super overwhelmed when I first started. You really only figure it out by asking questions. You have to dive right in!
What is something you’re proud of about your career?
I’m very happy to step up to the plate. Really, any problem I’m approached with, I’m expected to be able to handle it or find a solution for it. I’m proud that I’m able to accomplish things for my team.
What is something people might not know about you?
I have an identical twin brother. He’s also an engineer, but he lives in the cities.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy playing video games and being outside playing baseball or softball. I also just bought a drone, so I fly that for fun.
If you could have anyone in the world over for dinner — living or dead, real or fictional — who would you choose and why?
There’s a guy in industrial engineering who is basically the driver of the modern understanding of lean manufacturing, W. Edward Deming. It’d be cool to pick his brain and learn from his experiences.
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