Katelyn Johnson

Katelyn Johnson

Technology Supplier Manager

Capital One


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Parents wanted me to do sales, it was not my cup of tea.
Took a job at a law firm, didn't love that either.
Moved to a small company planning inventory, supply chain operations.
Got promoted to Buyer, continued to succeed.
Took on a role with Capital One doing supplier management and risk management!


High School
Stafford High School
Business Administration and Management, General
College of Charleston


Technology Supplier Manager

Protect customers by understanding contracts and process.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

A great day at work is meeting with a supplier to review thier performance and seeing them take actional feedback on that performance. I interact with multiple people each day, not only internally but externally. I spend time in meetings discussing new projects and initiatives and some time responding to emails from various folks.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There isn't anything quite like on the job training. Each supplier I interact with provides a different product or service and to really succeed as a manager of those suppliers, it's important to have a good understanding of those products and services. I also didn't have training on contract language but reading it each day has helped me grow and develop in ways I didn't think was possible!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you're interested in supplier management or supply chain, there are courses offered at most colleges specific to this field. When in college, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as my career and those courses could have given me a good head start had I known at the time.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Business Administration and Management, General


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't make money in corporate America. If you want to make money you have to be in sales."

Challenges I Overcame