Chain of Events
Conversation about supply chain management leads to successful UPS career
By Justin Walker
Some achievements take time and some barriers are hard to overcome—especially when they are the size of the Mississippi River. But Christopher Moize, BBA ’18, is not afraid of a challenge.
Moize, a supply chain consultant for United Parcel Service, Inc., (UPS) has always had a knack for solving issues and getting the job done. He is a big planner and can be pretty analytical, Moize said.
“I have always been a problem solver looking at the big picture and finding where gaps are,” he said. “That is just me.”
Choosing a college was not a problem, per say, but Moize did have certain criteria he wanted met. First, he wanted a faith-based university. Being from Dallas, he did not have to look far for that. Class size was also a priority for Moize, as he wanted to be able to connect with professors and classmates.
Christopher Moize, BBA ’18
Supply Chain Consultant – United Parcel Service, Inc.
After touring several campuses, Moize knew he needed to be at Baylor University. With that decision behind him, he had his next—what to study.
Moize met with his academic advisor, Bryan DeVries, who helped him decipher through potential majors and find the right fit for him. Eventually, their conversation led to Supply Chain Management.
“He gave me a lot of good insight,” Moize said. “He mentioned that supply chain is a field that would have more and more prevalence in the years to come and that my personality is a good fit for it. He was spot on.”
Moize said he loved his time studying Supply Chain Management and also loved his professors. In addition, Moize added Management Information Systems as a second major which paired nicely with supply chain, he said. His broadened education helped him land two internships while at Baylor—one with Mary Kay Global in Addison, Texas, and the other with UPS in Atlanta.
In the summer before his junior year, Moize served as a supply chain and procurement intern at Mary Kay’s headquarters. He rotated between the purchasing, procurement and distribution departments over several months, helping source raw materials, auditing purchases and managing shipment orders. It was a rewarding experience, Moize said, and helped prepare him for the following summer.
Prior to his senior year, Moize was selected as an intern with the Customer-Facing Global Customer Solutions team at UPS. He stood out from the very start as the only intern from a school west of the Mississippi River.
“I later found out that UPS typically only partners with Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, and they usually only source their interns from those four schools,” Moize said. “There are some great supply chain programs at those schools so I was able to learn from them, but it was nice to represent Baylor within UPS and show that Baylor’s business school has just as competitive of a program.”
Moize made his opportunity worthwhile. The internship allowed him to consult on several international, multi-million-dollar accounts while also building extensive financial research presentations to be used by the accounting team.
At the end of his internship, Moize delivered a capstone presentation before senior management with a job opportunity in the balance. He was pleased with his performance and about two weeks into his senior semester, Moize was offered the position.
As a supply chain consultant at UPS since July 2018, Moize works with businesses in the small-to-medium business segment spending less than $5 million in annual transportation and logistics costs, the fast-growing area within UPS, he said. Moize reviews the business model, financial statements, where materials are sourced and how they are delivered to the consumer to help make the process better for businesses.
“I try to solve any issues, but if there are none then we look at how to make it better,” Moize said. “Maybe instead of cutting costs, how do we generate more revenue and get the product from A to B quicker.”
Moize has continued to stand out as a recipient of the 2019 World of Champions Bronze award, which is given to high performers in the top 21 percent of UPS. It is unusual for someone to earn this award in their first year of employment, Moize said. He credits his mentor Allan Ward, talent acquisition at UPS, for pushing him to give his best at all times. The award has definitely opened doors for larger opportunities, he said.
To prepare for the future, Moize decided to earn his MBA through the University of Texas at Dallas. He is interested in the opportunities that exist within UPS’s healthcare department, especially in the realm of vaccine distribution, as well as international logistics. Moize is also starting a small business, West End Coffee Co., which will source sustainable, fair-trade certified coffee from farmers around the world.
Moize also hopes to be a helping hand to those interested in the supply chain field, especially those who are enterprising, detail-oriented and natural problem solvers.
“I want students to know they can reach out to me on LinkedIn, email or however,” Moize said. “whether it is a question about supply chain being the right fit, the transportation and logistics industry or even about applying for jobs and internships, I am here to help!”
Moize is thankful for the opportunities he has had since he arrived at Baylor. As the son of a single mother, Moize worked hard to get where he is today and believes it is his duty to help others achieve their dreams, especially fellow Baylor alumni.
“Baylor gave me a great degree that opened up so many doors for me both professionally and personally,” he said. “It gave me my best friends, my wife and helped me grow in my faith. I am very blessed to be a part of this community for life.”