Sandy NottVice President, Administration
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas
Sandy Nott is the Vice President of the Administration and Production Control Divisions at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX), located in San Antonio, TX, which produces the Tundra and Tacoma vehicles.
In this role, Ms. Nott is responsible for Production Control, Onsite Suppliers, Human Resources, Safety, Security, Medical, and the Accounting & Finance department.
Ms. Nott began her career with Toyota in 1990 in the Powertrain Plant at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. In 1996, she joined TEMA’s Production Control division where she progressed through a series of positions. Her areas of responsibility included: project planning and management for vehicle and unit model introductions and changes in North America.
Toyota’s Princeton, Ind. plant where she was responsible for ordering, logistics and planning. She returned to TEMA as Production Control Assistant GM responsible for vehicle and unit production/volume planning as well as productivity and served as Project General Manager in the Production control division’s administration area.
In 2011, Ms. Nott rotated to the TEMA Human Resource’s division where she was promoted in 2012 to General Manager, responsible for Talent Acquisition and Management and the Team Member Development Center. In 2013, Ms. Nott relocated to San Antonio, to join TMMTX as GM of Administration and was promoted to VP in 2018.
Ms. Nott received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.
A native of Princeton, Ky., Ms. Nott resides in New Braunfels, TX.
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