Meet a Member

September 2019 

Jay Clarke

Education:MBA - Syracuse University

Company/Title:Total Wine and More/SVP - Supply Chain

When and why did you join CSCMP?
I joined several years ago to continue with my professional development, receive your industry updates and enroll in your certification programs for SCPro

What advice do you have for new CSCMP members on how they can maximize their membership value?:
I encourage all Supply Chain professionals to continue with their professional development and particularly with industry certifications. Hiring managers are looking for what sets candidates apart, certification provides an advantage.

How did you get into supply chain management/logistics?
I started in my career in Internal Audit. One of my responsibilities was to audit our purchasing organization. When I delivered the Audit results to our CEO he recommended that I leave Internal Audit and accept a promotion in our Purchasing dept to help fix the problems noted in the Audit.

Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. 140 characters)
I am responsible for the following areas of our 3 billion dollar retail company; Inbound warehouse purchasing, outbound store replenishment, inventory planning, management and control, wholesaler relations, transportation, 3rd party logistics, Supply Chain solutions and alcohol registration and compliance.

What are your top three job responsibilities?
Setting current and future direction for the Supply Chain dept.

Ensuring that our Supply Chain team is staffed and has the necessary tools to execute their function while remaining engaged and continuing to develop professionally.

Setting policy for the planning, purchasing and replenishment of inventory.

What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?
Our company has been growing revenue at an average rate of 15% for over 15 years. Managing this rate of growth is challenging.

Creating a road map and scorecarding metrics to project future growth and the resource requirements have been helpful tools in managing our growth.

What technologies, trends, or disruptive forces do you see having the biggest impact on supply chains?
Cloud computing and SaaS has the potential to lower technology spends.

Rail consolidations and “precision railroading” has been disruptive to service.

Trucking capacity and driver shortages have changed the mix of modes and service.

If you were to start a company from scratch, what values would you build it on?:
Investment in people. Having an engaged and loyal workforce is important in a rapidly growing business. Our employees possess institutional knowledge gained through their years of experience that is valuable to us.

What are you proudest of?
My team’s ability to successfully face challenges and pull together to overcome them.

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?
I’d like to interview Warren Buffet to gain more perspective on value investing.

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