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Savanna Manchester

Fiber Sourcing Engineer

As a Fiber Sourcing Engineer at SCA, Savanna is committed to carrying out SCA’s core values of Respect, Excellence, and Responsibility as she grows within the organization.

What led you to SCA?

I was always interested in chemical engineering. Going into the pharmaceutical industry seemed like the natural next step starting college. I met a recruiter during a campus recruitment event who made me realize that whatever direction my career took me, I wanted to have hands-on responsibilities in chemical engineering. I didn’t want to simply stand behind a desk at a pharmacy. During college I interned at SCA’s Wisconsin site and I was blown away by the level of autonomy I had in projects within the first week, which led me back there after graduation.

What surprised you the most when you first started at SCA?

I started at SCA in a program called GO (stands for Graduate Onboarding), which allowed me to explore all aspects of the business to figure out what I did or did not like. I was surprised by all the different elements of chemical engineering inside paper manufacturing. The GO! Engineer rotational program provides this wide exposure by moving you across different papermaking areas at an SCA site.

What does leadership mean to you in your role?

There are so many ways to be a leader. Many people have a stereotypical perception of engineers as people who just sit behind their computers at work. This couldn’t be further from the truth at SCA. I wanted to be close to manufacturing operations so I requested shift work at one of our sites. I had the opportunity to work with people who have been operating our machinery for over 20 years. This experience was invaluable to me as an engineer since it gave me a holistic understanding of what we do and how we do it. To me, being a leader means understanding all parts of the business. It means not standing back but getting your feet wet.

What do you love most about the culture at SCA?

I’m proud to work for a company that lives out its values of Respect, Excellence, and Responsibility. Although I am based in Wisconsin, I travel frequently. Regardless of what office or site I’m in, there are constant initiatives that align with our values and bring people together. Our Earth Week activities are some of my favorite. Since I work in fiber procurement, we are always trialing new material to recycle for our products. This doesn’t just apply to our customer expectations, but also to the impact that we make on our environment.

Some interesting facts about SCA

SCA operates in about 100 countries.

SCA has 44,000 employees worldwide.

SCA's vision: "We will make a difference by providing essentials for everyday life."

A leader in sustainable operations, SCA is one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies according to the Ethisphere Institute.