Employer: Atlantic Lottery
City: Moncton, New Brunswick
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
It was opportunity that led me to pursue a career in SCM. I majored in HR and e-Commerce during my undergrad, and was also enrolled in a co-op program. Two of my work-terms were in SCM, and at the end of that invaluable experience, I knew this was it. Protecting the integrity of my organization, serving both internal and external clients while delivering value—ultimately this benefits the communities in Atlantic Canada. This is what continues to get me out of bed each morning.
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
As a strategic sourcing analyst, I am primarily responsible for leading, developing and proactively managing vendor risk and performance, with the goal of obtaining best-in-class service levels and pricing. I also mentor/coach our team of procurement officers and business leaders on ways to obtain optimal outcomes on strategic, high-risk acquisitions. As I am responsible for leading continuous improvement initiatives, I research and share insights on emerging technologies, global market conditions and SCM best practices. My work is incredibly rewarding because I regularly witness the direct correlation of my efforts to the attainment of strategic objectives.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
That would be the day I received my final SCMP results in the mail and opened it with my manager. A close second would be the day I received my certificate. That’s when it really sunk in. I had flashbacks of the past three years: in-class modules with excellent instructors, workshops, seminars, the In-Residence Week, the countless hours of studying and time spent away from family, all leading up to the 2009 “final-finals.” I’ll never forget that day, as we heard about Michael Jackson’s passing when we finished Day 1 of the exam.
How has PMAC (now SCMA) membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
The designation is the tip of the iceberg for me. A PMAC membership makes me proud. It gives me a sense of belonging to a professional organization that adapts to the ever-changing needs of its stakeholders—whether it’s via the recent re-branding or enhancing the education component. Additionally, the networking opportunities have been tremendous. I can now pick up the phone and connect with several experienced/seasoned professionals. The information in the professional journals and periodicals is priceless.
Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.
I was born and brought up in the glamorous city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and moved to Canada in the winter of 2002/2003 to go to school. That was probably the biggest shock I ever had! I love traveling and being outdoors, whether it involves cross country skiing in the winter (since I now have the right gear) or road trips in the summer. I recently got back into playing squash, and I love football (soccer). You’ll just have to get in touch with me to find out the rest.
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