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Morning coffee with Procurement

Published: 2020-05-04 09:30

Everybody knows at least one person who transmits a sense of security – most probably your brain has just taken few seconds to think about those in your existence.

This type of person normally represents a point of reference in our life system: it could be somebody at home, a contact in our address book or a colleague at work. When you need help, look for a piece of information or simply want a quality opinion they provide a “safe harbor” to berth.

I remember the thrill I experienced about twelve months ago, when I have been virtually introduced my new teammate: Alexandra Mihuţa joined Procurement Operations in the Ismaning (Munich) office. Together with me and my other valid colleague Nicholas Brown (based in Neenah, USA), she is part of Essity´s Global Business Service department, where we support the company needs concerning Purchasing activities.

Thanks to her fast-learning and open-minded skills, Alexandra symbolizes the embodiment of Essity´s inclination towards service and support. She is that type of “safe harbor”.

Essity Ismaning Office
Essity Office in Ismaning, Germany

What does a regular day in Procurement Operations looks like for her?

I start my day with a cup of coffee while having a look at my emails and reading the internal news. Then I move to checking orders in our purchasing system and take actions depending on each case.

In facts my team and I make sure that the products or services that our colleagues purchase are correctly conveyed in our system according to the internal policies and settings. Moreover, we grant online trainings and physical or distance support to end-users.

Alexandra Mihuţa

Do you think that is it? Not at all!

In order to secure an efficient process, we are also assigned the role of Data Steward – and this accounts for the following most important part of the day.
We own a dedicated mailbox where our colleagues drop requests concerning suppliers accounts management.


Creating or maintaining the data in the system is a process that involves many teams, and we are in the middle of this flow.
This is the first step before we can actually pay invoices – we need to grant the correctness of data and documents in our system before any payment takes place.

Alexandra Mihuţa

Time flies and the day is almost over.. what happens then?

The end of the day normally includes important team discussions and updates – Nicholas and our esteemed boss, Gary, sit at the other end of the world. This implies that me and Giulia need to “hand over the day”!

Alexandra Mihuţa

Luckily there is plenty of time left for her private life! In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading books, painting, writing, watching TV series, baking or cooking – depending on her mood.


Alexandra is young but her path has been enriched by the fortune of experiencing different countries:

I am originally from Hunedoara, a small city in Romania. Despite I love my hometown with its castle and all the surrounding nature, I have decided to continue my studies in another city; when I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Philology in Cluj-Napoca I was ready for the next challenge! I packed the basic things I needed and together with my partner moved to Lodz, Poland.

Living in another country is for sure one of the best decisions I´ve ever taken so far. It helped me watching the world through different and more curious eyes, beyond giving me the opportunity to explore other cultures and make new friends from all over the world.

Alexandra Mihuţa

Considering both my and Alexandra´s studies path, it seems that humanistic subjects are definitively not an obstacle to allow one person working in Procurement and Sourcing.

What is Alexandra´s background and how has it influenced her current role?

Being an art lover and a philology student made me think that my work would have been related to these fields. However my last university year pushed me towards a completely new domain: Finance and Accounting.

This is how I got my first job in Poland, working in Accounts Receivables.

Later on I´ve had the opportunity to work for Accounts Payable Service Desk – so I had stepped in!

Alexandra Mihuţa

The moment to move to Germany came: Essity gave me the chance to continue my journey and see different perspectives of the business.

The more I dig inside different internal departments and work with diverse teams, the better I understand how a business should work!

Alexandra Mihuţa

Ritual question Alexandra: what do you like most about Essity? And Germany?

Essity is a company where you can develop and be independent while being part of a big family always supporting you along your journey.

What I like most about it is that we are all connected and oriented towards the same goals, looking at the bigger picture and realizing that no matter how small our tasks might seem, they all contribute to a greater good.

Alexandra Mihuţa

Germany is definitively a great country to live in: it’s beautiful, welcoming and surrounded by nature. It makes it so easy for people to travel around it!

Alexandra Mihuţa

If Alexandra´s adventure has tickled your curiosity towards our department or Essity in general, please check out our company´s culture and vacancies here!

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Ellinor Karlberg Holst
04 May 2020

Nice post Giulia! Lovely to read about your colleague this way.

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