Director of Operations
Jenna McDermott is a Director of Operations at Shield AI. She leads the Production and Supply Chain teams. Prior to joining Shield AI, Jenna worked at Becton Dickinson (BD) as a Supply Chain manager where she led cross functional teams to complete assessments with suppliers to select sources for new product introduction. During her time at BD she achieved over $1.5 million in cost reductions by leading blitzes at contract manufacturers that improved labor utilization, resolved systemic quality defects, and removed waste from value streams. Jenna also worked in Operations at United Technologies (UTC) where she led the company’s Supplier Development Engineers across the U.S. and Mexico and led training sessions in India, Singapore, China, Poland, Mexico & the U.S. for over 150 employees. Jenna holds her Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in Global Supply Chain Management, with a minor in Law Studies. She is also an active member and the former Center Director for StandUp for Kids, a Non-Profit focused on ending the cycle of youth homelessness.
Three Things to Evaluate When Visiting a Supplier
In addition to designing the software and the hardware for AI systems, Shield AI is also responsible for producing the hardware in our systems. To build our robots, we have established and cultivated relationships with suppliers from whom we source the materials. An essential step in our sourcing process is to conduct onsite assessments at suppliers.