Employer: Demers Ambulances
City: Beloeil, QC
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
I worked for several years in sales and then in business. This entrepreneurial experience allowed me to discover the many facets of business. I have held director positions in many different departments: sales, procurement and accounting to name a few. These opportunities helped me to discover I prefer supply chain management over other business functions, so I chose to study that field.
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
I am currently Procurement Director at Demers Ambulances, where I am required to manage the purchasing department, plan the manufacturing process and manage the inspection of goods. My role is to plan, organize, manage and monitor a team of 12 to ensure sustainability of business and that annual targets are met. I am involved in all areas of the supply chain. I also motivate my team, help them to complete their daily tasks, develop new purchasing strategies, research new suppliers, negotiate agreements and contracts, and problem solve. I try to add value to all the challenges I meet.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
One of my proudest professional accomplishments has been helping the company be more competitive by reducing costs in the supply chain. But my most important accomplishment is mentoring my employees and helping them grow in their roles. Teamwork is essential for success in achieving our targets. At all levels, I consider problems to be opportunities to be challenged, and a chance to express my value to the company. What I am most proud of is the chance to use my expertise to make a difference and contribute to the success of this 50-year-old family business.
How has PMAC (now SCMA) membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
My SCMP (p.g.c.a. in French) studies have helped me improve my knowledge in this area. The instructors are experts in their field and are at the cutting-edge of new information. In addition to increasing my knowledge, I’ve created a vast network of contacts and friends who I can turn to for assistance, information, resources, and as potential suppliers. In my personal SCM consulting practice, the knowledge gained from my SCMP studies has helped me improve the supply chains of my clients.
Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.
My purchasing job requires me to be versatile in many areas; therefore, I have vast personal interests. I sit on the board of directors for the foundation of a college and I help youth with their projects and academic success. I am an active volunteer for the AFS Intercultural Program in Canada. This is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to global understanding and community involvement through quality international programs for young people and adults. I enjoy overseas travel and my involvement allows me to travel through hosting young students. I love to volunteer and study. I like diversity in all areas of my life.
Connect with Nadine Bernier at:
450 467-4683 x 256