From Intern to Regional Process Expert: Building my Hilti Career

By Tori, Distribution Regional Process Expert

As a former intern who joined Hilti full-time after graduation, I’m sharing my perspective on the internship program, my transition into a full-time position, and my career progression so far.

Tell us about your internship experience. 

I spent 10 weeks in Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of the logistics distribution team. I led a project to bring top customer engagement into the warehouses, rebranded standard work instructions, and provided a cost analysis for Hilti's national corrugate supplier. It was a lot of hard work, but I enjoyed that Hilti allowed me to be creative in thinking outside the box and questioning the status quo. 

What was the turning point where you knew you ‘had to have the job’ at Hilti?

Funny enough, I knew I wanted to be part of the Hilti logistics team when I was given a challenging internship project. I got to create a steering board and even pilot my ideas in three of Hilti's warehouses. I had the chance to set up meetings with global counterparts, third party suppliers, and people across the organization. I enjoyed the autonomy to take an idea and run with it while also staying disciplined. Finally, I never felt like just a number and knew everyone was genuinely interested in helping me succeed. 

How have you developed within your career so far?

After my summer internship I was hired on as part of Hilti's logistics rotational program. The program was a two-year commitment consisting of three eight-month rotations in three core functions of logistics — distribution, materials management, and transportation. Beyond the functional expertise gained from rotating between departments, the program put an extra focus on professional development whether it was project management, public speaking, situational leadership, or career planning. This especially encouraged me to be introspective and adapt quickly, which is incredibly valuable to learn early in your career. 

Have you relocated in your time with Hilti? 

I've relocated three times with Hilti (Oklahoma, Indiana, Texas). My willingness to relocate has given me the opportunity to see different sides of the business, but also just live and experience different regions of the US. I'd love to move to Europe or Australia next!

What is your favorite part of your role?

My favorite part of my role and logistics in general is that it's all about problem solving. Logistics is like a puzzle and you need to fit the pieces together for everything to flow. Sometimes you don't have all the pieces in the puzzle box, and you need to create a new piece. Sometimes you don't realize you jammed a piece to fit until you can see more of the puzzle. And sometimes you don't need all the pieces if you can already see the main picture.

What 3 words would you use to describe Hilti to someone?

Personable, Problem-Solving, Growing

Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Hilti or advice for someone interested in a career like yours?

Be ambitious and don't be afraid to ask questions. I like the quote, "even an expert was once a beginner," because we all had to start somewhere. As an intern there's a lot you won't know and no one expects you to know everything, but I've found the best way to learn is by being inquisitive and just jumping in.  

About The Author

Tori is an alumnus of the University of Arkansas and started her career with Hilti in 2017 as a Logistics Intern in Tulsa, OK.

She joined full-time in 2018 in our Logistics Rotational Program before moving to her current role as Distribution Regional Process Expert in Dallas, TX.