Manufacturing Today Issue - 220 January 2024 | Page 42



Group Vice President of Product Management at Epicor

Kerrie Jordan is the Group Vice President of Product Management at Epicor , a software company providing end-to-end ERP systems aimed at the manufacturing industry . “ In my current role , I rely on data , leveraging tech like AI and cloud solutions to solve complex challenges ,” Kerrie opens .

“ I have nearly two decades experience in software technology , but my journey began in Product Lifecycle Management ( PLM ). Software can be fairly intangible , and what really drives me is building that into something tangible . PLM software is just that , tracing an idea to design and pulling together the raw materials to create products that really come to life .
“ I ’ ve observed growth in opportunities for women in manufacturing , yet there is a continuous need for enhanced diversity and support . As a leader , I am a strong advocate for mentoring and presenting visible female role models like one of mine , Lisa Pope , Epicor President , as well as implementing upskilling programs and expanding educational outreach to K-12 . These are essential strategies for cultivating diversity in manufacturing .”
Kerrie is passionate about getting women and girls excited about manufacturing . “ For me , it was the storytelling aspect of this industry that drew me in ; manufacturing is endlessly fascinating , and we just need to tell its story to inspire the next generation ,” she argues .
“ My advice to young women entering the field is to remain true to your curious and authentic selves ,” Kerrie concludes . “ Your unique viewpoints and creativity are invaluable assets . I envision a future where women ’ s presence is significantly amplified at all levels of manufacturing , driven by advancements in tech and a commitment to inclusivity .”