If you are ever headed out to the Wisconsin area, you may be lucky to interact with Rita, the Purchasing Manager for MATHESON’s Southeastern Wisconsin, Illinois, Eastern Minnesota and Eastern Iowa regions.
Rita began working at MATHESON in 2011, but has been a part of the welding industry since 1996 with over 25 years of experience in the business. Her daily responsibilities as a purchasing manager include a variety of tasks such as supporting MATHESON’S retail stores, assisting in creating purchase orders for welding hard goods, helping with shipments, and doing physical inventory.
An aspect of her job that Rita particularly enjoys is inventory management and making sure all stores are properly stocked. Rita works diligently with our site managers to make sure our customers get the products they need as soon as possible. “We have a great team of site managers and purchasing managers; we all work very well together and support each other whenever necessary. It is so great to be a part of a team where we all feel like family.”
In Rita’s years of experience, she has picked up a few life lessons along the way, one of which is “knowledge is power.” She loves learning and is always taking additional courses to help her grow professionally. By doing so, Rita is able to assist her coworkers when they need support and uses those lessons she has learned to not only help her at MATHESON but in her everyday life, as well. “I have been involved in so many areas of MATHESON; it is nice to have that experience and knowledge to help me make informed decisions and help my teammates.”
Here at MATHESON, our company culture revolves around helping our customers. Rita strives to continually learn new skills that will ultimately help our patrons, whether it be making product suggestions or knowing the customer’s buying behavior in the different regions she manages. Even when Rita’s work does not require her to directly interact with customers, she is still helping them from afar, and MATHESON as a whole.
If you were to run into Rita during her personal time you may find her reading the latest fantasy or science fiction novel, listening to the albums of anything by C.F. Kip Winger, or relaxing with one of her favorite hobbies…photography. “I really enjoy photography, especially wildlife photography. It is a pretty relaxing activity and because I have to wait to watch the wildlife come out and do something interesting, it also helps teach me patience.” If you want to be a part of the MATHESON family, visit our career page to find a job opportunity near you: