Carmen Preciado, one of this year’s STEP Ahead Award nominees, is a Business Unit Manager in Guadalajara, Mexico. Carmen began her career with Jabil 18 years ago and was nominated for the award by Jorge Gomez, Director of Business Management, for her outstanding contribution to the manufacturing industry throughout her lengthy Jabil career. Jorge highlighted, “Carmen has been crucial to customer relations and the creation of collaborations, while making highly profitable results.”
“When I received the email notification about this nomination, I had to read it twice; I could not believe that I was receiving this great honor; I felt astonished, excited and happy. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn and grow professionally, and most importantly, to be part of this amazing family named Jabil,” said Carmen.
When Carmen began working with a new customer in 2006, there were a lot of issues to be resolved and the team did not have enough experience. Carmen was instrumental in helping to grow the account and its profits which continue to grow at a healthy rate. In 2012, Carmen was promoted from a Business Unit Coordinator to a Business Unit Manager, a noteworthy achievement for her, but also a promotion that wasn’t without its challenges. With her team’s spirit and Carmen’s leadership ability she possesses, resulted in the account receiving an award for producing a whole family of around two hundred new products, all under Carmen’s leadership.
Unique Mentoring Style
Jorge stated, “There is a stream of people who have learned the business model from Carmen, due to the unique style that she imprints on her team members.” There have recently been a number of younger Jabil employees who Carmen has taken under her wing and mentored, which has resulted in them being ready to undertake more responsibility in the company. Carmen constantly leads the human development cycle by helping to coach people to do best in what they are passionate about.
Carmen is very active in the Jabil Joules initiative in Guadalajara and is a driving force in helping empower females and create opportunities for them to grow and develop in management positions. Talent development is a passion for Carmen, as she coaches recent graduates in order to make them familiar with the business working environment, making it easier for them to become an integrated member of their team.
Congratulations Carmen on your successful career and the nomination for the 2017 STEP Ahead Award!