At 27, and as a software engineer in an early career job, Jess Herringer is leading a project team that’s contributing to one of her company’s most complex initiatives, designed to improve efficiency and productivity for customers in the process market.
The significance of her contribution is felt across the 250-plus member cross-functional team that spans the globe and crosses business units. No doubt, it’s a massive responsibility and opportunity.
“I picked Rockwell Automation as the place to build my career for two reasons,” Jess said. “First, all of the products we make are responsible for creating so many of the products people use every day. Second, my ideas are heard and they are valued. Everything we do individually and collectively contributes to something worthwhile. It’s a constant, collaborative exploration of what’s possible.”
She credits her more experienced colleagues with helping her succeed, as they offer decades of knowledge, skills, insights and perspectives to continually find ways to advance meaningful work.
“As a team lead, every day I talk to extremely bright people who want to deliver something impactful for our customers,” Jess said. “When this began, I felt young for the role. What I learned early is that there is no hierarchal structure based on age, tenure or title. I am an early career woman who has something to contribute, and the collaborative culture of the organization looks at what each team member can offer. That’s how we work.”