Leading Supplier of Camera Bags and Accessories

Facilitated the design / start-up of a new distribution company that will serve as the sole supplier of products manufactured in China to customers located in 100+ countries throughout the world. Served as Project Manager for Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) ERP tool implementation, and led the development and implementation of all order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay processes required to support the new business.

Leading Canned Fruits & Vegetables Manufacturer and Distributor

Served as Director of Supply Chain Planning. Managed 21-person Department (including 7 direct reports) and $3.1M payroll. Accountable for customer service performance, demand forecasting, production planning and finished goods inventory management ($215M value) for entire division product line (2800 SKUs). Forecasted sales by SKU. Coordinated inventory replenishment activities among customer satisfaction, purchasing, plant operations, distribution centers and 3PL transportation providers. Directed movement of product from 12 internal production locations and 38 distributed manufacturers (12 offshore) to 8 DCs throughout the US.

Reduced finished goods by $33M (13%) while maintaining customer service performance. Improved SKU / DC forecast accuracy by 24%.   Implemented Supply Chain Planner and Demand Fulfillment modules of i2 (now Blue Yonder) APS software, including surrounding processes and integration with JD Edwards (now Oracle) ERP software. Enhanced existing i2 (now Blue Yonder) Demand Planner implementation. Designed and implemented new allocation management process to facilitate cross-functional decision-making during periods of short supply. As a direct result, company is recognizing and deciding how to resolve short supply issues much earlier that in the past, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.

Canned Seafood Division of Fortune 500 International Food Manufacturer

Served as Demand / Inventory Planning Manager. Accountable for finished goods inventory ($100M value), customer service performance, and forecast accuracy for entire company product line (1000 SKUs). Coordinated inventory replenishment activities among order management, plant operations, and 3PL warehousing and transportation providers. Directed movement of goods from six manufacturing facilities (two offshore) to ten distribution centers throughout the US and Canada. Forecasted sales at the SKU level. Managed two planning analysts.

Reduced finished goods inventory by $30M (23%) while improving customer service by implementing a time-series based sales forecasting system, instituting forecasting and production planning metrics, establishing / implementing policies to fully utilize integrated systems capabilities, improving inventory balance integrity, and consolidating DCs. Implemented Demand Forecasting, Inventory Planning, DRP and Deployment modules of American Software (now Logility) APS software.

Fortune 1000 Supplier of OEM Electronic Components

Served as solution architect on SAP APO Demand Planner implementation. Assessed current state demand planning activities (people, process, metrics and tools) versus leading practices. Clarified demand planning function responsibilities and identified preferred process metrics for monitoring performance. Suggested numerous improvements that will increase solution usability, enhance user acceptance, and improve forecast accuracy. Led 19-person project team implementing tool at Japan pilot location.

Leading US Producer and Marketer of Frozen and Shelf Stable Fruit Products

Served as Solution Architect during the Design Phase on an SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) implementation.

Rapidly Growing Organic Meat and Poultry Producer

Led SKU rationalization effort that reduced number of SKUs by 67% and increased company profitability. Determined that historic method for determining animal requirements was not providing accurate projections of animal needs. Developed spreadsheet-based supply-demand planning capability accurately linking supply with demand for the first time in company history. Developed time series forecasts in MS Excel that improved forecast accuracy. Then converted forecast to subprimal equivalents, and used to determine animal requirements and production schedule by week over the planning horizon. Determined that company supply-demand mix was extremely out of balance. Identified numerous instances where company would be either material or capacity constrained, and would need to secure alternate sources of supply or increase production capacity. Recommended that company look for ways to better promote whole animal utilization.

Helped client evaluate various ERP tools (Oracle NetSuite, JustFood) and select provider to implement chosen package. Defined detailed future state S&OP requirements, and evaluated various package capabilities (Blue Ridge, Kinaxis, Adexa, DemandCaster, JustFood) to meet these needs.

Medical Devices Division of a Fortune 150 Health Care Products Manufacturer

Assessed current state demand / supply planning solution. Determined that acquisition of a new tool would greatly enhance planning capabilities. Identified key business requirements new tool should support, along with short list of planning software providers meeting these needs. Developed business case documenting tool benefits and costs. Established that new tool will generate $6.8M in benefits annually, with IRR exceeding 27%.

Leading Manufacturer of Sports Equipment and Apparel

Served as subject matter expert on demand / supply planning software selection project. Led development of business requirements and demonstration scripts. Provided detailed feedback on vendor selection criteria, desired proposal pricing format and additional ways to improve RFP. Led questioning during vendor demonstrations and identified key differentiators among SAP APO, JDA (now Blue Yonder) and Logility packages considered. Helped client reach consensus on preferred package.

Leading US Food and Drug Retailer

Led effort to select next generation Warehouse Management System (WMS) for use at company’s 25+ DCs (average facility size exceeds 750K sq. ft.). Developed selection criteria and evaluated packages (Manhattan Associates, RedPrairie / Blue Yonder, Infor, and HighJump) versus 900+ factors in the areas of functionality, technology and risk. Estimated timing and resource requirements for package implementation, and presented findings / recommendations to executive management.

Spare Parts Division of a Multinational Computer and Computer Peripherals Manufacturer

Conducted a high-level assessment of on-going in-house BPCS ERP software implementation. Developed an Oracle based “best of breed” solution that provided greater functionality, and was quicker and 50% less costly to implement than the ERP alternative.

Consumer Division of One of World’s Largest Manufacturers of Health Care Products

Assisted with post-merger integration of a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s consumer health care operations into organization. Mapped current demand planning, supply planning and S&OP capabilities vs. leading practices, and identified key areas for improvement. Developed future state S&OP process for global plants to balance worldwide supply / demand. Facilitated session among key executive personnel on required changes to on-going global SAP implementation resulting from acquisition.

Leading Telecommunications Products Manufacturer

Led “quick hit” implementation effort in the finished goods inventory planning area. Instituted the use of custom-developed inventory planning tools taking into account such factors as replenishment lead-time, forecast error and desired service level to determine optimal inventory levels. Increased order fill-rate from 91% to 99%, while reducing inventory levels.

Japanese Subsidiary of a Leading Beverage Company

Worked with client management to develop a future state vision for the demand forecasting process. Identified organization, system and process changes needed to achieve desired vision. Solution included integrating i2 (now Blue Yonder) Demand Planner software with on-going SAP ERP project. Estimated that combined changes will improve forecast accuracy by 20%, and reduce production, transportation, and inventory carrying costs by over $25M annually.

Multinational Food Ingredients Manufacturer

Assessed company’s demand / supply planning, transportation, order management, procurement and manufacturing operations. Identified process, organization and IT gaps versus leading practices. Confirmed need for demand / supply planning APS software tool, and developed short list of recommended vendors.