Being a Senior Supply Chain Manager with a Visual Impairment

“Tiny” is registered blind and manages teams at the leading pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The employment/study you proved possible…: 

I’m a Senior Supply Chain Manager for Pfizer; we are the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world and I am proud to supply medicines that make a real difference to peoples lives. My role is to lead a team of twelve that plan the delivery of our products to patients. I also look after the customer relations team that liases directly with the people that are buying our medicines. These buyers range from national governments to specialist hospitals and care providers.

Your disability in your own words…: 

I have Retinitus Pigmentosa which means I only have light perception. I get about with the help of my faithful guide dog Gunner.

What did you need to do in order to make this employment/study possible alongside your disability? What obstacles did you have to negotiate and how?:

I have worked with the same organisation for 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility. I have been able to prove what I can do and empower my team to success despite my low visual acuity. I access my PC with JAWS screen reading software and my phone with voiceover.

What advice would you give to someone just starting this journey?: 

Recognise your value. If, like me,you have a visual impairment you are likely to be a natural problem solver and have resilience and a drive to deliver a result. These are key skills in the workplace, and you should sell your skills and abilities. You are not asking them to take you on as a favour. You are a valuable member of any team.