Alternate Term: Allocation Management

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.

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.

Manufacturer of Premium Chocolates

Worked with client for almost two years. Served as Interim Director of Logistics on two different occasions. Reduced Western Region transportation spend by $450K (16%) through use of pooling and alternate carriers. Managed transition to new Western Region 3PL provider, and resolved all start-up issues within 60 days of move. Developed / implemented vendor scorecard to track 3PL provider performance. Improved Eastern Region on-time delivery performance from < 60% to 90+%. Streamlined invoice audit / payment process.

Major Pet Food Company

Conducted a direct shipment feasibility study for two major processing plants. Compared customer order patterns with plant production at the SKU level. Found that manufacturer could more than double direct shipments through more efficient use of existing setdown space.

Rapidly Growing Organic Meat and Poultry Producer

Led process to identify and select 3PL partner to provide cold storage warehousing and order fulfillment services for the CA market. Evaluated over 100 potential locations. Ultimately selected provider in the San Francisco Bay area. Evaluated carriers to provide TL / LTL transportation services.

Leading Provider of Fitness and Weight Loss Solutions

Performed assessment of company’s largest supplement product to determine ability of supply chain to support a quadrupling in sales over the next 24 months. Areas evaluated included product formulation, quality assurance, sourcing, demand planning, sales and operations planning (S&OP), inventory management, supply planning, purchasing, contract manufacturing, inbound / outbound transportation and warehouse management. Identified, prioritized and initiated implementation of a portfolio of 25+ projects that will enable organization to meet 98% on-time delivery target, reduce costs by over $500K annually, and expand as planned.