Section Leader – Metal Fabrication Department
“It was such an honor and surprise to be selected as an Honoree by SVAM as an Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing. This measure of achievement has reminded me that hard work pays off especially if you love what you are doing. I am truly blessed to be part of this organization and the amazing team at Hitachi Energy. ” – Tara Jones
Tara was nominated by Angelique Gass, Operations Manager of Hitachi Energy. Angelique had the following to say about Tara:
Tara is an ideal candidate for the Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. As her manager, I am proud to nominate Tara for her exceptional service and commitment to Hitachi Energy in Bland, Virginia. In Tara’s five years of service with Hitachi Energy, she has taken on numerous challenges to help herself develop into a high potential employee for the company. To open more doors for her career, Tara returned to Bluefield College to work towards obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Her graduation is scheduled for May of 2023. She is a quick learner and a team player. Tara works with team members, peers, supervisors, and managers daily to accomplish her objectives for her department and the corporation. Tara is focused on coaching/mentoring her team and growing personally and professionally. She receives feedback and works through how to make continuous improvement opportunity changes to ensure she obtains the metrics needed to support Hitachi Energy’s top-level objectives for the fiscal year.
In addition, Tara is member of Women in Energy Team for Hitachi Energy’s Bland, Virginia location and she is an advocate for community service in Bland and surrounding counties. She volunteers her time to ensure Hitachi Energy is well represented in the community and helps promote Hitachi Energy as an Employer of Choice in Bland, Virginia.
Tara leads the Hitachi Energy Bland, Virginia’s Metal Fabrication Department. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring a safety-first culture and the safety of her team members, quality of product and ensuring enclosures, buss, and clamps are processed correctly the first time or in other words, “Do It Right the First Time” which ensures premier customer service of our products internally to other processes and externally to our Hitachi customers. Daily she establishes the schedule for equipment in her area to guarantee on time delivery to internal departments that she supplies. She began her career with Hitachi Energy on July 27, 2017, as a Large Line Assembly Team Member. Her focus has been to learn how transformers are manufactured and assembled. After a year and half in the manufacturing environment, she was promoted into our Human Resources Department. She learned many valuable tools while in her role with Human Resources such as team member customer service, problem solving, employee engagement and so forth. Regardless of her roles and responsibilities, Tara is organized and prepared for all situations. She strives daily to develop herself and her team. Tara takes on any role or responsibility as needed.
Tara, although relatively new to manufacturing, she exhibits skills and characteristics that typically take some people years to learn. Her leadership skills and qualities encompass self-awareness, ethical self-preservation, emotional intelligence, coaching/mentoring of others, responsibility, ownership of her departments, problem solver, honest, highly committed, passionate, decisive, creative, inspirational, and supportive. She owns her part of the business regardless of where she is working in the business. Tara is a talent that will continue to develop with Hitachi Energy. We look forward to being part of what the future holds for her at Hitachi Energy. A great leader knows his/her abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, which helps them learn many new skills, improve their existing skills, and seize opportunities for personal development; therefore, Tara Jones is the model team member and employee that defines what I believe is the candidate qualifications for an Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award by SVAM for Hitachi Energy in Bland, Virginia.
*All information taken from submission nomination form.