Job Search, Supply Chain Management

I’m Adam Kwitko a Bilingual SAP Certified Associate, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and certified Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel and Access.

My professional background consists of over six years of event operations and marketing experience: coordinating logistics, procurement, inventory management and communications for multiple mass participant events, ranging from 300 to 14,000 members in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

 

These various positions and contracts have enabled me develop advanced Excel proficiency building sales, forecasting and inventory reports using complex excel formulas including if statements, vlookups, sumifs and Excel functions including pivot tables, conditional formatting, macros and power query. Recently, I further advanced my supply chain skill base, through completing a post-graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management, graduating with honours, on the president’s honour list.










The skills I established both professionally and in my studies within the fields of purchasing, transportation, inventory management and international business will be strong assets in providing supply chain support to your organization. Visit my Supply Chain Blog adamkwitko.com/blog, where I apply my communications background to the Supply Chain industry while continuously improving my industry knowledge. I invite you to browse my articles, videos and online profile at adamkwitko.com and connect with me on LinkedIn.

 

 

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Job Search, Supply Chain Management

The SCMA Alberta 2017 Conference in Red Deer, Alberta saw The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council launch new videos profiling People in Supply Chain.

These video profiles focus on professionals working in Canada’s supply chain sector in a variety of industries. They provide a sample of the supply chain management career options. All english videos feature french subtitles and french videos include english subtitles.

View this post which includes 7 more career profile videos.

Purchasing/Procurement

Melinda Nycholat
Director, Contract Services
Defence Construction Canada


Takeaways:
  • Civil engineering and construction backgrounds are very useful in procurement roles

  • Cross-functional teams are prevalent

  • Procurement at the Department of National Defense (DND) provides an ever-changing landscape of daily challenges)



Transportation

Cody Birkett
Superintendent
Cando Rail Services Ltd.

Takeaways:
  • Mechanical backgrounds are preferred

  • There is a communications aspect to rail transport

  • Physical fitness is important

  • A culture of safety (Track SMART)


Logistics

Stefanie Erickson
Logistics Coordinator
W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions


Takeaways:
  • Opportunities for advancement (from part time office assistant to regional logistics coordinator)

  • Scheduling and coordination proficiencies are vital responsibilities

  • Technical dexterity is important (as within any industry)

 

Supply Chain

Catherine Finnie-Wolff
Team Lead, Supply Chain
Access Pipeline

Takeaways:
  • Cross-functional team management is vital

  • There is an importance to providing solutions by thinking outside the box

  • Technology appears to be lagging at least within this particular organization

  • On the job training is common


Support Services

Deidra Helmig
Senior Safety Consultant
Boreal Services Group Inc.

Takeaways:
  • Relationship building is important as always.

  • Many women work within safety.

  • There will always be a human element in safety


Warehousing

Meagan Jonsson
Operations Supervisor
DHL Supply Chain



Takeaways:
  • A lot of ethnic diversity.

  • Many women are currently working within warehouse settings.

  • People will always be needed to verify stock quantities.

 

Transportation

Jamie Montesano
Shipper/Receiver
Total-R Inc.



Takeaways:

Opportunities for promotions.

  • Engaging work that results in job satisfaction.

  • Hours are regular, overtime is rare.

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Job Search, Supply Chain Management
The 2017 SCMA Alberta Conference in Red Deer, Alberta saw The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council launch new videos profiling People in Supply Chain.

These video profiles focus on professionals working in Canada’s supply chain sector in a variety of industries. They provide a sample of the supply chain management career options. All english videos feature french subtitles and french videos include english subtitles.

View this post which includes 7 more career profile videos.

Logistics

Brad Beerling
Logistics Manager
Meridian Manufacturing Inc.



“Be willing to accept problems are going to happen, be willing to adapt to them, learn from them and grow with them.” —Brad Beerling

Takeaways:
  • Getting into logistics requires finding someone to learn from, finding a company that is willing to spend their time on you

  • Be prepared and willing to react to problems that arise

 

Warehousing and Logistics

Brent Ellis

Director, Commercial Warehouses

Wills Transfer Limited


 
Takeaways:
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) requires continuous coordination, lots of reporting

  • Understanding the needs of your customers

  • Opportunities for advancement within the warehouse industry


Supply Chain Management

Patrick Etokudo
Director of Supply Chain Management
Enbridge



“The skills that you need generically, to perform well as a supply chain manager would be things like interpersonal skills, great communication skills, an ability to negotiate, an ability to build networks and maintain relationships.” —Patrick Etokudo

Takeaways:
  • Soft skills include: Interpersonal skills, communication, negotiating, build networks and maintain relationships.


Transportation

Serge Faucher
Executive Director
Les entreprises Dupont 1972 inc.
 



Takeaways:
  • Communication is key

  • Diesel procurement contract negotiating is a vital role of trucking companies

  • Precise scheduling


Logistics

Christina Forth
Co-Owner
FFAF Cargo



“The types of skills you need in this industry are to be very organized, very time sensitive… reliable, responsible; those things you always look for in employees.” —Christina Forth

Takeaways:
  • A high degree of coordination is vital for freight forwarder portions (obvious)

  • Ethnic diversity is useful in understanding the cultural norms at play within geographic locations being served

  • Fast-paced and stressful environment


Manufacturing

Jim Gillespie
Director of Programs
Peraton



“If you’re interested in a full career, starting in supply chain, pick that part of the job that you love, get into that part of the job, work with others, but expect to stay at that level unless you’re willing to learn what all the other elements do. That’s the only way that you can grow into the leadership and turn it into a full career. Because it is very rewarding, very challenging and there’s going to be lots of room in this industry coming up.” —Jim Gillespie

Takeaways:
  • Maintenance is the core of the supply chain

  • Cross-functional team management is paramount to this position

  • A military background is not necessary to work on military grade products

  • To grow into a leader, you must master your area of expertise, then learn about all of your colleagues’ areas of expertise



Supply Chain Management

Pierre Massicotte
Senior Vice President, Operations
L’Oréal Canada



Takeaways:
  • Supply Chain Management plays a strategic role in the distribution of consumer cosmetics

  • Productivity drives competitiveness (obvious)

  • Many ingredients are imported, providing opportunities for those with logistics and customs backgrounds

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Upon recently completing my graduate certificate in Supply Cain Management – Global Logistics and the SAP Certified Application Associate – Business Foundation & Integration with SAP ERP 6.07, I applied my over 5 years of media production experience to the creation of this cover letter video. It highlights professional expertise in my former industries of mass participation event operations management and journalism, in addition to my educational achievements and certifications. I believe it provides the viewer with a solid representation of who I am, what I bring to the table and how my communications background can be beneficial to an organization’s supply chain.
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