Anna Kaczynska’s career path is a perfect example of how far passion, consistency and the desire for continuous development can take you.
Anna graduated from four university majors, including an MBA in logistics and supply chain management. While expanding her knowledge, she simultaneously worked her way up the career ladder at Amazon. She joined the company, taking a managerial position in 2014. At that time, she managed the work of 150 people. 8 years later, she stands at the head of Amazon’s robotic logistics center in Swiebodzin. She shared her interesting story and thoughts with us. We encourage you to read it!
Anna Kaczynska decided to work at Amazon because she felt like an explorer, and further development was key to her professional satisfaction.
“Before I started working at Amazon, I felt that I couldn’t develop anymore, and I really wanted to. It was a lucky coincidence that the company was starting its operations in Poland at that time – in 2014 – and I found it a good opportunity to learn something and gain new competences. From my perspective, Amazon is undoubtedly an organization that emphasizes employees’ strengths and shows how they can use them on their career path”.
Mentoring program as a chance for continuous development
Anna has always focused on broadening her competences and learning new things. That’s why she has completed several courses of study, including a bachelors’ degree in administration and law, a master’s degree in quality management, a postgraduate degree in communications, and an MBA in logistics and supply chain management.
“All of the majors I have completed are very useful in my daily work. Thanks to this knowledge I have better understanding of the business, and it is easier for me to ask the right questions. Working at Amazon has made me feel comfortable in areas that I haven’t done well in before, and in addition I can even develop others in those areas. I also feel that my understanding of the business is broader and more comprehensive every day.”
She is passionate about finding new solutions, which is greatly supported by the mentoring program created at Amazon.
“My professional competence and promotions have been influenced by many factors, including of course my superiors and others who have supported me every step of the way, but also mentors. With few of them I have worked for over 5 years now and continue to find topics that positively impact my development. I currently consult with two mentors. They are Polish but work in the European structures of our company.
Working with robots – another step on the development path
Although the robotic logistics center in Swiebodzin was opened in 2021, Anna has already been working with this technology for 4 years, among others in Kolbaskowo, near Szczecin. Amazon Robotics technology supports daily operational processes and has a positive impact on ergonomics and safety for all employees.
“Working for 4 years with Amazon Robotics technology, I have learned many important things, such as how these mechanisms work, how they support everyday work, how we should manage them and how to use their full potential. From my perspective, this technology can inspire people to further familiarize themselves with the processes and delve deeper into the logistical operations performed in a robotic center. It reminds me a bit of a strategy game, because we can learn new skills when using it, including logistics process analysis.”