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No two days alike

Warren Sarafinchan, CCLP, vice-president, supply chain/information services, Sun-Rype Products Ltd


October 24, 2014
by PurchasingB2B Staff

September 2014 print edition

Q: How did you get into the procurement/supply chain field?

Ironically, my original career goal was to go into banking. While attending university, I had worked as a forklift driver at a plywood factory and, in my final year of school, applied for a job as a distribution supervisor. Once in the role, I realized that supply chain was an emerging field that had tremendous potential. I haven’t looked back since investing in developing my career in this field.

Q: What does a typical workday look like?

I can easily say that I do not have two days that look alike. My days include working with our customers, the myriad suppliers we use as well as every function in our business. One of the best parts of working in the supply chain field is you touch all parts of your business everyday so it’s critical to understanding your company’s overall strategy as well as each function.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

There are a number of things I enjoy about my role. First, I am always excited to watch the team around me grow and develop in their roles and deliver outstanding results. In addition, I enjoy working with our customers to help them grow and develop their business.

Q: What are some of the skills that supply chain professionals need to acquire?

The three areas I would encourage supply chain professionals to invest in developing are:

  • Leadership: Every person in a business has a responsibility to be a leader. It may look different for each role but I believe that leadership is the responsibility of all versus the right of a few.
  • Financial management: It’s critical to understand how every decision you make impacts the profit and loss statement as well as the balance sheet.
  • Understand how supply chain enables all the functions of the business: It’s important not to have silos in your decision-making.

Q: What career highlight stands out the most?

It would be difficult to call out one particular highlight. I have had the benefit of working with great people across a number of organizations and my overall career highlight is watching people deliver on initiatives that they potentially did not think they could deliver. It’s very rewarding to watch your team achieve impossible dreams.

Q: What are your future plans?

Without a doubt, I am having the time of my life at Sun-Rype. In addition to my responsibilities with the company, I also sit on the board of directors with CITT as well as doing speaking at events across North America. I like to find ways to give back as much as I can.

Q: What advice would you give to those considering a career in supply chain?

I would strongly encourage those considering careers in supply chain to gain a professional designation. I earned my CCLP designation from CITT in 1995 and I believe this was instrumental in my having the opportunity to take on increasingly senior roles.                       B2B