Rick Z.

Procurement | Supply Chain Management | Logistics | Mining

United States of America

Progressive, Six-Sigma (GE) trained Procurement Executive and corporate officer. Recognized as expert in materials and purchasing management. Experience in “best-of-class” practices including strateg...see more

  • Logistics & Supply Chain Distribution
  • Mining


  • Pre-vetted expert
  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice


Procurement and Supply Chain Consultant and Category Subject Matter Expert

Independent Suppy Chain Consultant
10 years
Current position
Dec 2012 - Present
• Advised Federal Agency on procurement of major software project. Advised on procurement processes and vendor management. • Advised major construction company on rail, HVAC, procuremen...see more

Vice President of Supply Chain

4 years
Oct 2008 - Mar 2013
Corporate Officer reporting to Executive Vice President. Recruited to re-energize procurement and asset management for largest private construction and mining company in US. Chartered...see more

Senior VP of International Purchasing

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
2 years
Oct 2005 - Feb 2008
Corporate Officer reporting directly to the President and COO. Recruited to start-up and lead a multi-country, centralized purchasing organization, consolidate the asset management fun...see more

Vice President of Procurement

7 years
Dec 1997 - May 2005
Recruited to start-up and lead a world class procurement organization and leverage expertise/knowledge to transform a fragmented, low tech purchasing organization into a strategic sourc...see more

VP of Purchasing and Logistics

Gibson Greetings
7 years
Jul 1991 - Feb 1998
Recruited to newly created officer position reporting to the Senior Vice President of Operations. Hired as part of a new management team to replace the LBO team. • Brought in post-LB...see more

Purchasing Manager - Aerospace Business Group

General Electric
5 years
Sep 1987 - Jul 1992
Brought to General Electric through Manufacturing Management Training program and progressed through a number of positions and businesses to general management responsiblity including t...see more

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Logistics & Supply Chain Distribution
  • Mining


  • Leadership
  • Project Planning
  • Contract Management
  • Management
  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Process Improvement
  • Six Sigma
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Purchasing
  • Global Sourcing
  • Supply Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Sourcing
  • Logistics
  • Negotiation