Director of Operations, TechnipFMC
In recognition of International Women’s , the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA), would like to recognize some of the Women in Manufacturing in the Sacramento Region and share their stories with the region’s manufacturers. If you know of a woman in manufacturing, or a woman contemplating her future in manufacturing, please share these stories, and inspire the next the generation of manufacturing excellence.
Tina Andres is the Director of Operations at TechnipFMC (locally known as Schilling Robotics), a global manufacturer of deep sea, unmanned submarines serving the global energy markets. Tina was recruited by TechnipFMC four years ago after 28 years of progressive responsibility in the automotive manufacturing industry. Tina leadership roles have included environmental governance, area manager and director level responsibilities,
Tina said that her favorite part of the job at TechnipFMC is driving a culture of people engagement and empowerment, impacting and creating a strategic vision to transform the business from good to great, while developing people into future leaders.
She cites the biggest challenge of her job today is the retention of talent and global supply chain impacts on company revenues. Simultaneously, she said the biggest challenge of recruiting women into manufacturing is the work schedule, which, as we know, frequently starts at 6 am, before most families are even awake.
Tina finds the biggest challenge of being a woman in manufacturing is the need for emotional intelligence, balancing her passion around strategic vision while influencing executive management on the need for change management within the workplace.
Tina has had both formal and informal mentors during her career, finding more satisfaction and trust with informal relationships and mentors.
Tina’s words of advice to women interested in a manufacturing career: “Be Authentic! Look in the mirror, the only competition is yourself. Your gender does not define any of your capabilities, your value, nor your potential to impact the current or future state!”
Tina has had both formal and informal mentors during her career, finding more satisfaction and trust with informal relationships and mentors. The most memorable guidance she has received, “Always sit at the table, never sit back. Know the difference between acting passionately and emotionally. One is effective while the other is not respected.”
Understanding that manufacturing has always been a male-dominated industry (70% male/30% female), Tina has always been passionate about increasing the diversity of the workforce. She has initiated the formation of a Women’s Manufacturing Network with her last two employers, and found it to be needed and highly beneficial, but also extremely rewarding to watch the growth in personal confidence and professional capabilities of these women. We can all acknowledge that Tina leads with passion.
In conclusion, Tina’s personal goals are to improve her work/life balance (something we can all appreciate), with a focus on improving her personal health and well-being through non-work activities and social meetups, and travelling more. Congratulations to Tina, she just got her first passport this year and is planning her first trip abroad!