James Heidrich

Bis 2018, Global Procurement Productivity Leader, Smith & Nephew

Hägglingen, Switzerland


Multi-Facility Supply Chain Operations
Global Strategic Planning
Logistics and Distribution
System Policy and Procedure Development
Project Management
Six Sigma and Lean Principles
Business Management
Financial Management
Value Mapping
Strategic Sourcing
Kanban and Kaizen
Six Sigma Black Belt
Public Speaking
Supply Chain Management
Change Management
Business Development
Six Sigma
Inside Sales


Professional experience for James Heidrich

  • Current 6 years, since Jul 2018

    Head of EMEA, Corporate Site Procurement


    ​Accountable for supporting Europe’s Site Procurement spend with direct responsibility for identifying regional opportunities by partnering with our Commercial, Professional Services/Contingent Labor, IT, R&D, Tech Ops & COE procurement Teams. Leads senior leadership & stakeholder engagement activities for the European Region.

  • 4 years and 11 months, Mar 2013 - Jan 2018

    Global Procurement Productivity Leader

    Smith & Nephew

    The Vice President of Global Procurement selected me to lead the strategy design and execution for the enterprise Procurement Transformation Initiative and to spearhead the development of innovative new tools to improve procurement productivity. Building and leading a diverse set of teams and resources internationally, we planned and managed projects supporting these key business programmes.

  • 1 year and 6 months, Oct 2011 - Mar 2013

    Supplier Development Manager

    Smith & Nephew

    I was brought in by Smith & Nephew to their US operations to create a Supplier Lean Engineering unit. After building the team, we established the vendor portfolio and collaborated with each vendor to identify performance improvement and cost savings opportunities. I also engaged the executive team in support of creating M&A integration strategies.

  • 4 years and 2 months, Aug 2007 - Sep 2011

    Supply Chain Manager

    Caterpillar Inc.

    After serving as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I was promoted into a Supply Chain Manager role, first at the Caterpillar Precision Pin Products Group (PPPG) in Sumter and then at the specialty construction machinery and equipment (HPE) facilities based in Oxford. Leading teams of up to 42 resources, I oversaw materials scheduling, sourcing and outsourcing, supply chain operations, distribution, inventory management, inventory control, machine utilisation, and facility performance assessments.

  • 2 years and 3 months, Jun 2005 - Aug 2007

    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

    Caterpillar Inc.

    As a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, I leveraged Lean and Six Sigma methodologies (DDMRP, DMAIC, DMEDI, Pull Systems) to drive process improvements to supply chain, manufacturing, and assembly operations. I worked with internal teams and supply partners to identify areas of opportunity. Together, we developed process solutions focused on process control, efficiencies, and streamlined workflows.

  • 4 years and 6 months, Jan 2001 - Jun 2005

    Procurement Supervisor | Professional Development Programme

    Caterpillar Inc.

    I was brought in to Caterpillar to complete their intensive, 3-year Professional Development Programme, which included three 1-year rotations to build expertise in purchasing/sourcing, logistics, process engineering, manufacturing, and operations. Upon completion of the programme, I was selected for a preferred assignment in Procurement, with accountability for supplier vendor portfolio management.

Educational background for James Heidrich

  • 3 years and 8 months, Jan 2006 - Aug 2009

    Executive MBA

    University of Wyoming

    Executive MBA

  • 5 years, Jan 1996 - Dec 2000

    Industrial Engineering

    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


  • English

    First language

  • German




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