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Matthew A. Bradshaw, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M.

Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)  and  Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™)                                      RESOURCEFUL & Tenacious Problem Solver

Questions & Answers

Why did you choose your profession?
It gives me to opportunity to work with all types of people both inside and outside the corporation. I enjoy planning and managing the suppliers that I work with every day. In addition, I have learned a lot about the people in my profession by being involved with ISM and the various boards that I have served on over the years.

10 Reasons I chose a career in Supply Chain Management:

  1. Job growth
  2. High pay
  3. Relatively low barrier to entry
  4. Opportunities for advancement
  5. International travel
  6. Local job availability
  7. Industry options
  8. Abundant opportunities
  9. Development of transferable skills
  10. Personal satisfaction
Who are your main influences?
The leaders that I have worked with over the years have influenced my life greatly with their unique wisdom and knowledge:

  • Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends & Influence People
  • John C. Maxwell - Developing Leadership Qualities: Leadership, Equipping, Attitude, Relationships, Success, Mentoring, and Ethics
  • Shoshanah Cohen & Joseph Roussell Strategic Supply Chain Management: The 5 Disciplines for Top Performance
  • Sherry R. Gordon Supplier Evaluation and Performance Excellence
  • David Blanchard Supply Chain Management Best Practices
  • David Keirsey - "Leadership, Temperament and Talent"
  • Isabel Briggs Myers with Peter B. Myers - "Gifts Differing Understanding Personality Type"
  • Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger - "The Are of Speed Reading People"
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
While I was working with Global Market Link I managed and led a contract closure project team for task orders for KBR LOGCAP III program in the following countries.
  • Afghanistan — Kabul
  • Kuwait — Al-Bahrain
  • Iraq — Baghdad
  • Ad Diwaniyah
  • Al Basrah
  • My team closed over $100 Million in subcontracts and purchase orders. I managed a team of 5 people comprised of Level I, Level II Buyers and IT Database Consultant.
What tools do you use?
I use various methods of identifying new suppliers:
  • The computer for research and determine if the companies have the strengths needed to meet the demands of the company
  • SAP programs to assist in managing the suppliers
  • Cross-Functional Teams work well when evaluating suppliers and selecting suppliers
  • LinkedIn and Google also help me with my research
  • ISM-Houston connections and network
What are you working on right now?
  • Developing a strategy to use Webinars in conjunction with ISM's training materials to help educate buyers in the Houston area develop a deeper understanding of Supply Chain Management
  • Planning the Professional Development Program for ISM-Houston for 2018-2019
  • Planning Career Services activities for others in our chapter that are unemployed
  • Mentoring college students and professional
  • Working with emerging professionals
  • Developing a team, of people to work on ISM-Houston's Professional Development Group

What are your long-term goals?
  • I plan to continue training and developing purchasing professionals to achieve their certification goals to enhance their careers.
  • Mentor professionals to work with the tools provided by Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
  • Continue my education with webinars, workshops, and seminars.
  • Learn how to use LinkedIn more effectively for myself and ISM-Houston.
  • Also, learn how to use YouTube® and video marketing.