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Expert in Automotive Hydraulics, Strategic Procurement, Sourcing in Asia, Engineered Components, etc.

Expert ID: 725003 Canada

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He has had several years experience working in Asia developing supply chain operations for North American manufactures. He has established numerous agreements with Chinese manufacturers to supply custom engineered components to North America - some examples include hydraulics, electronics, castings, and metal fabrications.

He led an International Sourcing Department for a large U.S. based manufacturing enterprise. The focus was on sourcing engineered components in Low Cost Countries (Asia, South America, India, Eastern Europe), including hydraulics, metal fabrications, PCBs, Castings etc.
He established a procurement organization in Shanghai, China to support numerous supply agreements with Chinese suppliers.

He managed numerous out-sourcing project for large North American manufacturers which included the following components:
Core Competancy analysis,
Make versus Buy analysis,
Strategic Procurement Project management to support outsourcing.

He is an experienced Procurement Project manager who utilizes a highly focused, goal driven methodology aimed at achieving lowest "Total Cost of Ownership." He is skilled at leading cross-functional procurement teams, including engineering, operations, finance, purchasing, and quality.

He had held several Supply Chain leadership positions with large, multi-site manufacturing enterprises, and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of supply chain, including Procurement, materials Management, and logistics.


He was assigned to work with a Western Manufacturer to establish a Supply Chain organization for a JV in China. In a six month period, a Procurement Organization was established, and a Local (Chinese) supply base was identified and qualified in order to support manufacturing operations in ShanghaiLCC Opportunity Analysis
He worked with a U.S. - Based hydraulic components manufacturer to develop a strategic plan to establish a manufacturing footprint in China. Components of this plan included:
* Local market analysis
* Sourcing activities to support both N. American production and production in China
LCC Opportunity Analysis
He worked with a N. American manufacturer to determine opportunity to outsource machined components and Castings. He prepared a project plan for the Client to move forward into the Sourcing Stage


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: BA Subject: Business Institution: University of Alberta

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to 2007 Employer: Federal Signal Corp. Title: Director of Emerging Market Sourcing Department: Corporate Procurement Responsibilities: Responsible for all Global Procurement activities and Corporate Purchasing initiatives
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Wittke Inc. Title: VP of Procurement Department: Corporate Responsibilities: Corporate Procurement Lead responsible for four N. American manufacturing sites - products included Refuse Trucks and Tier 1 components for the industrial mobile industry
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: Educo International Title: Director of Operations Department: Responsibilities: Overall Operations responsibility for diversified manufacturer (consumer products, industrial products/services)
Years: 1986 to 1996 Employer: Award Window Manufacturing Ltd. Title: General Manager Department: Responsibilities: Full GM, P&L responsibility for an integrated manufacture of windows/door systems.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2007 Country / Region: China Summary: Based in China - developed and implemented a Sourcing Program for Federal Signal Corporation. Established a JV manufacturing operation for Federal Signal
Years: 2001 to 2007 Country / Region: North America Summary: He worked on numerous Enterprise-Wide Strategic Sourcing Projects, encompassing 30+ Federal Signal Business Units, with the goal of leveraging overall spend in specific commodity categories within a de-centralized culture

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Senior level commodity management experience in Hydraulics, Electronics, Metals, Metal Fabrications, Castings.
Skilled in Managing cross-functional, cross-organizational project teams.
Strong background in China - successful background in Business Development and Supplier development - three years in-country.
Marketing Experience
Strong knowledge and skill sets in the global procurement of highly engineered components.
Strong Global focus with several years experience in China.
Other Relevant Experience
Strong procurement project management skills
High level negotiations skills

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