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Purchasing Supervisor
Price Industries Limited
Winnipeg, Manitoba

What does your typical supply chain work day look like? Describe a typical day for you.

I am Purchasing Supervisor and Commodity Specialist at Price Industries, the #1 manufacturer of air distribution products in North America. My day starts with a stand-up meeting in our receiving department, followed by one with our shipping department, and then another with the factory Cell Leaders. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that my team fully understands the challenges that the entire supply chain and the production team may be facing for the day, and to ensure that we are doing all we can to support them. The rest of my days are filled with cross-functional team meetings, vendor visits, issue/root cause/solution analysis, as well as tracking the metals market and ensuring that we are making smart buys with our raw material. I like to have a close working relationship with the entire supply chain.

Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?

I think, like most, I fell into supply chain by accident. I was working in the bill of materials department when a position opened up in purchasing. I wasn’t feeling challenged in my position and when the supply chain manager approached me about it, I was intrigued.

What are the keys to getting the most out of your PMAC membership?

I strongly believe that you will only get from your membership what you put in to it. I volunteer on both the Manitoba board as well as the National board as an active director. I attend as many meetings, dinners, seminars as I can. I do this so that I can expand my network, enhance my knowledge, and be recognized as a leader in the field in the future.

How has PMAC membership/SCMP™ accreditation been of value to you and your organization?

The best thing about the program is that it offers practical solutions. When I was in the program, the day after each class, I would go back to work and say, “Why don’t we do this?” The answer was usually: “That’s a great idea, let’s give it a try!” I attribute my own personal growth at Price Industries to the new tools and skills that I received from my education.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

I would say my proudest professional accomplishment was being chosen to represent Manitoba Institute at the National Level. I consider this a great honour and hope that I represent my province well.