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Sunghae Kim

Passionate about Problem Solving and Operation Efficiency

Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain

August 2016Present

Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Space Management

W.W. Grainger

Grainger (GWW) is a North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America, serving over 3 million customers with more than $10 billion in sales last year.

  • Responsible for designing and implementing capital projects to increase distribution center capacity and throughput - led a $3M product move and storage space expansion in an 800K square foot distribution center with 250K SKUs.
  • Responsible for defining, designing, and implementing $1M-$15M capital projects in Toronto, Edmonton, Kansas City, Vancouver, and Montreal to create unique customer values, reduce cost, and optimize company investments.
Sept 2015July 2016

Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Network Strategy & Design

W.W. Grainger
  • Led a workflow prioritizing solution development to optimize the distribution center cost to serve while maintaining same level service, resulting in an over $20M spend avoidance in 2016 and 2017.  Successfully completed a pilot test and full implementation in Greenville SC.
  • Created a five year supply chain strategy proposal to support the Grainger Mexico market. Grainger Mexico is a $130M business with 125K products.
Apr 2012Nov 2015

Senior Manager, Global Distribution and Infrastructure Projects

W.W. Grainger 
  • Led the largest Acklands Grainger's capital investment ($100M) project in history to implement a new same day delivery service for over 150,000 products in 85% of eastern Canada.   Acklands-Grainger is Grainger's publicly reportable Canadian operation, and is Canada's largest distributor of over 325,000 industrial, safety, and fastener products with sales of over $1.1 billion, 172 branches, 6 distribution centers, and 2,600 team members.
  • Led a team of 200 team members with the design, construction, and operation planning efforts of a 500K square foot ground up distribution center in the Greater Toronto area.
  • Led the design and construction of a 150K square foot ground up distribution center with $34M budget in Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Led a distribution center start up team to optimize 1.1 million cubic foot warehouse space allocation and achieve 16,000 lines a day throughput.
  • Partnered with SAP team to implement transition from MICA to Manhattan system.
Nov 2007Mar 2012

Real Estate Development Manager

W.W. Grainger
  • Served as a General Project Manager for multiple supply chain, store planning, and real estate development projects.
  • Successfully completed over thirty construction projects ranging from $100K interior fit-outs to $20M ground up.
  • Responsible for selecting and managing constractors and consultants.  The territories I served include Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, New York, Okalahoma, Utah, California, and all of Canada.
  • Created prototype guidelines to accelerate design and approval process and introduced sustainability design ideas.  
Jun 2004Nov 2007

Site Development Manager

  • Responsible for corporate client management and commercial real estate development projects from inception to construction ready stage.  Clients I supported include Texas Roadhouse, the Home Depot, Public Storage, IKEA, and Discount Tire stores.
  • Led a team (civil engineer, architects, and designers) to create site layouts and space layouts to accentuate branding and optimum flow.
  • Represented clients at various public hearings and successfully secured various rezoning, variance, conditional approvals and permits needed for development.
Jun 2001Jun 2002



Conducted site investigations and non compliance inspections and audits. Assisted brownfield remediation projects.

May 1999Oct 2001

Due Diligence Specialist

Kim & Chang Law Firm

Responsible for real estate and environmental aspects of Mergers and Acquisition due diligence efforts.

May 1998May 1999

Project Engineer

Keramida Environmental
  • Responsible for day to day field operations, analysis, and reports.  Monitoring ground well contamination levels at Landfills.  Worked on a solid waste collection route optimization.




Duke University

Environmental Management with a focus on Risk Assessment

Mar 1992Feb 1996

Bachelor of Arts in Civil and Environmental Science and Engineering

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


Apr 2009Present

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professional

Jul 2009Jun 2012

Accredited Project Management Professional (PMP)