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Supply Chain Management

Maple, ON, Canada
March 06, 2019

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Jeff Russell


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Performance Summary

** ***** ** *********** ***********/Supply Chain Management experience. Expertise in purchasing, strategic development, inventory control, operations, freight, cost analysis, ocean freight, negotiation, global sourcing and Customs.

Core Competencies

Global Sourcing


Strategic Development

Customs / Brokerage

Contract Management

Inventory Management

Logistics Management

Lean Six Sigma

Indirect Sourcing

Cost & Spend Analysis

Commodity Management

Quality Control

Project Management

Supplier Rationalization

Samuel August 2018 to Present

-A $4B family-owned and operated network of metal manufacturing, processing and distribution divisions serving automotive, aerospace, building & construction, chemical processing, manufacturing and consumer packaging industries.

Director, Procurement - Carbon

Directs in areas of purchasing and supply chain management by establishing a strategic procurement vision for the carbon product family aimed at achieving organizational and departmental objectives.

Manages a total spend of $2.6B, 1.5M tons of material, of hot roll & cold roll coils, coated coils, plate and various long products for 150 facilities across Canada, United States and Mexico

Develops and executes the global sourcing initiatives by identifying opportunities in low cost countries and high opportunity areas, primarily in Asia, South East Asia, Europe and Central Eastern European countries.

Negotiates all global ocean freight rates with freight forwarder(s) or steamship lines to minimize total landed cost.

On a monthly basis, scrutinizes the total material spend to identify patterns and trends, develops strategies and direction in areas that need improvement and confirms compliance to the primary Suppliers.

Crane Supply July 2004 to August 2018

-A $200M pipes, valves & fittings wholesale company servicing the mechanical contractor and MRO market segments across Canada

-A subsidiary of Crane Co.

Director, Procurement


As Director, consistently achieved annual savings of $2.5-$3M generating a positive impact of 6-8% to gross profit, implemented standard work practices improving supplier OTD to 92% from 56% and in 2016/17 reduced ocean freight costs by $200,000.

Directed in areas of purchasing and supply chain management by establishing the strategic procurement vision aimed at achieving organizational and departmental objectives.

Managed a total spend of $145M representing approximately 100,000 SKUs.

Managed a team of 4 people and lead internal commodity council team.

Developed and executed the global sourcing initiatives for core product lines representing 90% of the total purchase volume, by sourcing in low cost countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan.

Managed Canada Customs by ensuring all imports were compliant with Canada Customs regulations.

Quality Assurance - developed 3rd party quality testing program to ensure import products are in compliance to the applicable industry standards.

Negotiated all global ocean freight rates with freight forwarder(s) or steamship lines to minimize total landed cost.

On a monthly basis, scrutinized the total material spend to identify patterns and trends, developing strategies and direction in areas that required improvement and confirmed compliance to the primary Suppliers.

Honeywell ES&S July 2000 to July 2004

-A $2-3B electronics manufacturer servicing the aerospace and military market segments globally

-A business unit of Honeywell International

Strategic Sourcing Specialist – July 2002 – July 2004

Lead group in providing strategic vision, purchasing, negotiations, cost reduction initiatives, best practices in supply chain management aimed at achieving organizational and departmental objectives.

Indirectly managed a team of 8 Buyer’s responsible for purchasing $45-$60 million of electronic and hardware components.

Negotiated and managed long term contracts with year over year productivity, quality and on time delivery goals.

Monitored key supply base performance measurements (KPIs) and market conditions

Communicated changes in suppliers operations and market conditions to internal customers

Monitored purchasing activities and where appropriate, challenged cost escalations

Ensured departmental objectives are in compliance with Corporate strategic supply chain initiatives

Buyer/Planner - Jan 2000 to July 2002

Responsible for purchasing various commodities, managing a diverse supply base, transitioning from non growth to growth suppliers, implementing lean supply chain strategies and negotiating cost reductions.

Solicited and evaluated supplier quotations and agreements

Assisted in supplier evaluations with Supplier Quality Assurance

Acted as a liaison between internal clients, external suppliers and industry contacts to ensure up-to-date product information and customer needs are met

Acted as project leader for various procurement initiatives, such as Webplan, Shared Schedule, Kanban and Pull Replenishment

Managed various developmental programs from prototype to production (A380, IPACS, Rescue 406AF)

Obtained Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

ABC Group of Companies Jan 1999 to Dec 1999

As a Buyer, managed the purchasing and negotions for their MRO and capital expenditures driving significant cost reduction for all ABC divisional plants.

Pratt & Whitney Canada Mar 1998 to Dec 1998

As a Buyer, responsible for the procurement of engineered prototype parts and components for development jet engines and acted as a technical liaison between Engineering and Suppliers concerning product specification.

Nellcor Puritan Bennett (Melville) Ltd Aug 1995 to Mar 1998

As the Purchaser, responsible for the purchasing of medical and electronic components and shipping to Customers across North America.


MCIPS 2011

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), London, U.K.

CPSM/C.P.M 2011, 2002

Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Arizona, U.S.A.

CSCMP/C.P.P. 2010, 1999

Supply Chain Management Association, Toronto, Ontario (formerly PMAC)


BA – LAW & SOCIOLOGY June 1994

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario


Algonquin College, Nepean, Ontario


Honeywell ES&S


International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management

Supply Chain Management Association

Institute for Supply Management

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Articles Published

“Know Your Duties”, Purchasing B2B Magazine, April 2014

“Changing Duties”, Purchasing B2B Magazine, December 2014

“Cutting Complexity: Ins and Outs of Cross Border Shipping” Purchasing B2B Magazine, May 2017

“Shaky Ground – Uncertainty in International Trade” Purchasing B2B Magazine, May 2018

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