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Top 50 Materials Director Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Materials Director. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Materials Director resumes they appeared on. For example, 14.5% of Materials Director resumes contained Supply Chain as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Materials Director actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Materials Director:

1. Supply Chain

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Here's how Supply Chain is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Chartered with significantly simplifying the supply chain/order management process for the $10 Billion Microprocessor division.
  • Planned and established the worldwide supply chain management process across multiple global manufacturing sites.
  • Developed and implemented global supply chain management strategies and tactics.
  • Developed Supply Chain Performance Metrics, enhanced Supply Partner relationships.
  • Developed contingency plans for potential supply chain disruptions.
  • Directed the Materials Management departments of supply chain management, inventory stores, production scheduling, warehouse, and purchasing.
  • Led business process re-engineering of supply chain with over 400 suppliers resulting in a 20% reduction in cycle time.
  • Relocated to Huntington, WV and successfully managed the supply chain and production schedule for EMD locomotive rebuilds.
  • Improved supply chain management achieving 50% shorter order cycle times with 99% on-time performance.
  • Directed all supply chain functions for 6 plants and over 100 employees in North America.
  • Program Manager - Supply Chain Processes Reported to the Corporate VP of Manufacturing.
  • Assured capacity and continuity of supply via internal and external Asian supply chains.
  • Recruited into firm to structure supply chain operations for long-term growth.
  • Performed as Supply Chain Director in China for six months.
  • Organized, hired and trained Chinese supply chain organization.
  • Developed and implemented common materials/supply chain metrics for all faciliRes.
  • Process allowed source team to exceeded cost saving goals by 10% Consolidated logistic suppliers to reduce supply chain costs.
  • Implemented Kinaxis supply chain management system that drove service parts new buy purchases down by 35%.
  • Removed 500,000 transactions through supply chain optimization Reduced inventory by 21 million $US in 12 months
  • Reported to Director-Supply Chain (3 direct reports) Identified $15.0M in polysilicon cost savings as a Commodity Team Leader.

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2. Inventory Control

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Here's how Inventory Control is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Complete responsibility for Purchasing, vendor negotiations, inventory control and customer quotes.
  • Directed daily department operations, strategic procurement, production/inventory control and shipping/receiving.
  • Established ABC analysis and implemented policies to enhance inventory control.
  • Developed cost analysis and inventory control reports.
  • Direct oversight for cost reduction, purchasing, material and production planning, warehouse, inventory control, shipping and receiving/logistics.
  • Managed demand planning, global procurement, production scheduling, new product development, logistics, Quality, and inventory control.
  • Established and maintained budgets for purchasing, inventory control, shipping and receiving, customs, and production control departments
  • Analyzed, improved, and documented shipping and receiving, logistics and traffic, and inventory control processes.
  • Manage and direct the materials team consisting of production control, scheduling, procurement, and inventory control.
  • Direct all Purchasing, Planning, Shipping, Receiving, Inventory Control, and fabricated production processing.
  • Single point of accountability for cost control, just in time material purchases and strict inventory control.
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures related to the procurement of goods, services and inventory control.
  • Managed over 100 employees in multiple departments including; Purchasing, Inventory Control, Stockroom and Shipping.
  • Set and oversee process protocol; material receiving, inventory control, assembly, shipping.
  • Inventory Control Team Leader for installation of Dun & Bradstreet Millennium mainframe system.
  • Initiated and implemented radio frequency real time bar code inventory control system.
  • Planned and executed the purchasing and inventory control functions.
  • Maintain Computer Inventory Control System Receives all materials delivered to the facility by various vendors.
  • Plan and execute solutions for responsible inventory control and cash management while delivering industry class pricing and fill rates.
  • Managed all buyers and inventory control personnel Handled special assignments re-locating and re-staffing satellite operations.

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3. On-Time Delivery

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Here's how On-Time Delivery is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Developed and implemented Supplier Scorecard metrics and weekly On-Time delivery metrics.
  • Collaborated with Process Engineering team for New Product Launches in conjunction with the Quality Assurance Department, ensuring on-time delivery.
  • Implemented a key supplier base to improve supply chain to the shop floor and improve vendor on-time delivery.
  • Improved order fulfillment lead-time by 50% and Improved on-time delivery from 74% to 95%.
  • Developed Division Vision and Goals associated with On-Time Delivery and Past Due order position.
  • Improved supplier on-time delivery to 98% by developing a continuous improvement plan.
  • Maintained 100% on-time delivery through new program launch activity.
  • Improved on-time delivery to the customer by 55%.
  • review; Improved supplier on-time delivery performance for last 4 quarters.
  • Achieved 99.5% On-Time Delivery to our customers in 2005.

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4. Logistics

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Here's how Logistics is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Finished Goods - Catalyst for controlled warehousing standards to simplify the material handling logistics process, eliminating unneeded handling and searching.
  • Formed cross-functional team at plant and developed operational restructuring action around on-site logistics that provides supply choices that avoid exploitation
  • Develop strategic plans to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of procurement and logistics operations.
  • Established green-field configuration center for distribution and logistics of high speed internet access hardware worldwide.
  • Developed multiple operational functions of the company including Purchasing, Warehousing, and International Logistics.
  • Supply chain resource management, product standardization and logistics management.
  • Schedule, control and monitor inbound/outgoing commercial logistics.
  • Established a new logistics portal and consolidated all logistics for cost reductions of nearly 50%.
  • Coordinated logistics of a rail fleet of 50 rail cars and all inbound truck freight.
  • Functioned as sole logistics, quality, and management officer for thousands of classified assets.
  • Managed the logistics services to efficiently move all products in a cost effective manner.
  • Developed & Implemented the infrastructure necessary for production, warehouse, logistics and sourcing.
  • Developed Less than Truckload LTL routing guide and managed all full truck load logistics.
  • Implemented regional KPI reporting and cross plant data sharing on sourcing and logistics.
  • Schedule, control and monitor outsourcing and outsourcing logistics (company vehicles).
  • Worked closely with Executive Management, Manufacturing, Logistics, Engineering and Finance.
  • Key team member in global logistics and manufacturing transition project.
  • Initiated corporate logistics program for all inbound offshore product.
  • Managed international logistics for 5 worldwide subsidiaries.
  • Managed Planning, Purchasing, Logistics, and Distribution organizations for the Mirro Company, a Division of Newell Rubbermaid.

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5. Production Control

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Here's how Production Control is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Direct reports include two Purchasing/Material Analyst Managers, one Production Control Manager and one Inventory/Shipping/Receiving Manager.
  • Established global center of excellence for materials and production control management processes.
  • Ensured excellence in oversight of production control and inventory management functions.
  • Supervised 12 people between production control, purchasing, stockrooms, shipping / receiving.
  • Managed purchasing, production control, stores and traffic.

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6. Raw Materials

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Here's how Raw Materials is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Directed and coordinated activities of personnel engaged in purchasing and distributing raw materials and finished goods within the organization.
  • Developed capacity management model for manufacturing floor, in parallel with demand replenishment model for receipts of raw materials.
  • Centralized raw materials supported 3 focused factories and a West Coast manufacturing center with distribution capabilities.
  • Directed the acquisition and delivery of all raw materials used in the steel making process at Geneva Steel.
  • Oversee annual acquisitions of US$65 Million in raw materials for US and China based manufacturing facilities.
  • Established new offshore sources of supply for raw materials from Asia, Europe, and South America.
  • Implemented a purchase order system for $500M of raw materials purchases in the Concrete business.
  • Created time and action calendar for all raw materials from development through bulk placement stage.
  • Reduced 13 million dollars of raw materials inventory to 4.3 million dollars in 4 years.
  • Monitor inventories of finished goods and raw materials, facilitating correcting discrepancies and changes.
  • Have focused on reduction of raw materials cost through sourcing and competitive bidding.
  • Negotiated all contracts; raw materials, motors, packaging & scrap.
  • Negotiated prices, lead-times, and payment terms of raw materials.
  • Maintained supply of raw materials and components parts to schedule.
  • Bin location system now in place for all raw materials.
  • Scheduled and conducted routine audits for all purchased raw materials.
  • Reduced Raw Materials by 13%.
  • Coordinated shipping and receiving for Reynosa raw materials warehouse and McAllen finished goods distribution center.

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7. ERP

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Here's how ERP is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Coordinated staffing of an enterprise-wide field Material Damage operation - outside of Massachusetts.
  • Provided direction and testing of NetSuite ERP system implementation at 4 manufacturing facilities.
  • Directed enterprise-wide Catastrophe operations of both Automobile and Property functions.
  • Enhanced the functionality of the ERP system by revising all part numbers to conform to standardized part number/description protocols.
  • Implemented new ERP system software upgrades (QAD) which allowed for changes in planning and purchasing methodology.
  • Developed consistent global replenishment strategies across 20 locations, 7 ERP systems and 3 regional data warehouses.
  • Developed, oversaw & administered operational functions in ERP/MRP (Expandable) to meet corporate goals.
  • Managed supply chain enterprise and strategy for four global operations in China, Singapore & U.S..
  • Managed the conversion and roll-out of a new ERP and CRM software system.
  • Led the implementation of a fully-integrated ERP system utilizing Fourth Shift software.
  • Coordinated the successful implementation and training of JD Edwards ERP system.
  • Led Operations group to install MFG/PRO ERP system.
  • Implement newly acquired ERP system.
  • Implemented an ERP system (QAD) for the company.
  • Worked closely with Price Waterhouse and other module leaders to develop an optimized enterprise-wide ERP environment.
  • Lead a multi-departmental team to implement a new ERP system, introducing bar-coding resulting in a reduction in inventory errors.
  • Read and interpret CAD drawings and Bill of Materials Ensure that manufacturing performance and quality goals are continuously met.
  • Led the implementation of the Plex ERP software system in three plants in North America.
  • Design and implementation of custom Oracle systems including MRP, ERP and Production control.
  • Program Manager for the implementation of the Dataworks ERP system.

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8. Cost Savings

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Here's how Cost Savings is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Recognized with multiple customer and internal awards for consistently exceeding cost savings targets.
  • Implemented Lean Manufacturing methodologies to drive cost savings and efficiency.
  • Led a cross-function cost review team utilizing Lean tools; turned purchasing department into a profit center through documented cost savings.
  • Project leader in the outsourcing of transportation functions to support eight plant locations, generating cost savings and mitigating notable risk.
  • Key Contributions: - Contributed 15% optical component cost savings - Conducted risk assessment and implemented risk reduction programs.
  • Moved company distribution center from MA, to IL, led to a cost savings of 250K per year.
  • Implemented material cost savings of over $250k by negotiating long term pricing agreement with steel suppliers.
  • Researched and developed new sources to transfer products from Taiwan to China for greater cost savings.
  • Arranged agreements with suppliers to include securing cost savings on all production items.
  • Initiated Numerous cost savings in spite unreliable and inaccurate MRP system.
  • Negotiated contracts and additional cost savings from current and new suppliers.
  • Realized over 40% cost savings in repair vs. replacement buys.
  • Achieved cost savings through supplier consolidation and re-tooling old parts.
  • Spearheaded a 2007-2010 total cost savings of $636,000.
  • Generated purchasing cost savings of $200K annually.
  • Generated $600K, $450K, $700K, and $600K annual purchase cost savings in first four years.
  • Cost savings: $400 million (4 years).
  • Implemented cost savings program by purchasing supplies used by the UNC Healthcare system totaling $195,000 annually.
  • Outsourced in-house subassemblies resulting in $1 million in annual cost savings.

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9. Customer Service

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Here's how Customer Service is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Implemented Key Performance Indicators to facilitate a Customer Service orientation as well as more efficient fulfillment and improved asset utilization.
  • Coordinated operations activities with customer service, marketing and sales including customer liaison with customer logistics agencies.
  • Implemented customer service call back program reducing client interactions and increasing productivity.
  • Implemented new shipping tools for better communication between distribution and customer service.
  • Reduced inventory $3,000,000 while maintaining customer service, during the design, development and implementation of a new Forecasting system.
  • Improved customer service by 17% by integrating the Available to Promise reporting system with the sales force automation systems.
  • Presided over 20% increase in sales during my tenure ensuring superior internal and external customer service and shipping performance.
  • Implemented SCOT (Shipped Complete & On Time) and Line Fill KPI tracking to improve Customer Service processes.
  • Averaged 35 turns per year for component and finish goods inventory while maintaining 99%+ customer service level.
  • Ford recovery plan from loss of Q1 to score of 97 on materials/customer service related measures.
  • Reduced inventory from $1.2 million to $700K while maintaining on-time delivery and customer service.
  • Led Customer Service, Inventory Control, Order Fulfillment, Purchasing and Return to Vendor functions.
  • Created training programs for Customer Service, Assembly, Order Entry and Key National Account Coordinators.
  • Managed 3 managers for production scheduling, purchasing, customer service, and the warehouse.
  • Reorganized procurement to improve customer service levels while reducing cycle times by 30%.
  • Trained 2 additional customer service representatives to handle customer base of 23 airlines.
  • Improved aerosol customer service levels from 90% to 99%.
  • Reduced lead times by 25% and improved customer service.
  • Managed all purchasing/procurement activities and warehouse/distribution operations; subsequently assumed oversight of customer service and facilities departments.
  • Directed the materials group to include plant scheduling, purchasing, warehousing departments, and the Customer Service/distribution departments.

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10. MRP

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Here's how MRP is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Developed a front-end SIOP (Sales, Inventory, Operations Plan) process and implemented MRP within the organization.
  • Key Accomplishments o Successfully implemented MRP including Forecasting, S&OP, MPS, and shop floor control.
  • Implement and enhance use of MRP system, allowing use of accurate inventory reporting for fiscal year end.
  • Utilized and upgraded the MPS and MRP modules process and procedures to improve internal communication and operations.
  • Reduced production stoppages due to material shortages by 40% through introduction of MRP.
  • Instituted MRP system for planning and control of $125 million in purchases.
  • Created and implemented a manual MRP system using Microsoft Excel spread sheet.
  • Upgrade the MRP system and facilitate new ways of working.
  • Led and facilitated the implementation of MRP II processes.
  • Maintained MRP plan execution and make adjustments as needed.
  • Reduced inventory and costs with JIT purchasing and MRP.
  • Team leader in implementing Y2K compliant MRP-II software.
  • Implemented MRP share with top tiered distributors.
  • Optimized MRP/MPS system to increase inventory turns.
  • Reduced materials department headcount by 11% as MRP was utilized for components from Japan.
  • Architected a Dynamic MRP scheduling and an automated Order Entry system utilizing EDI.
  • Implemented MRP-II system utilizing PRMS (Pansophic) software.
  • Initiated MRP program for facility located in Mt.
  • Headed implementation project of a "Fourth Shift" MRP system installed across a 100 user LAN.
  • Implemented conversion of MRP system in Atlanta facility in 2 months {4z{ Shig to Oracle Based Custom System}.

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11. Inventory Turns

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Here's how Inventory Turns is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Increased inventory turns 20% in 1st 6 months of tenure by implementing processes and models that decreased shortage and stock-outs.
  • Converted over $1 Million to consignment plan - reducing Working Capital and positively adding 0.4 inventory turns.
  • Improved inventory turns by 23.2% by reducing stock rates of expensive sub-components and pass through products.
  • Achieved goal of reducing overall inventory by 25% and increased inventory turns by 33%.
  • Reduced inventory by 70% within 90 days while simultaneously increasing inventory turns by 300%.
  • Established Sales and Operations Planning process to reduce inventory - Inventory turns improved by 66%.
  • Improved customer fill rate to 92% while improving inventory turns from 3times to 6times.
  • Eliminated all downtime, increased inventory turns, achieved 100% schedule attainment.
  • Increased inventory turns from 7 to 9 through accountability metrics and visual management.
  • Increased inventory turns from 5.5 to 6.7 in first four months in position.
  • Led strategic activities to increase quarterly inventory turns from below 7 to 12.
  • Increased inventory turns 25% through material system development and execution.
  • Increased inventory turns from five, to ten per year.
  • Increased inventory turns from 2.8 to 5.6 in first year.
  • Increased inventory turns to 15 on annual basis.
  • Increased inventory turns to 6 per year.
  • Improved Inventory Turns by 30%.
  • Improved inventory turns from 2.8 to 5.6
  • Reduced System Works and Dorfile inventory in excess of 25%, On-time 99.7% with 8 inventory turns.
  • Improved inventory turns from 3.5 to 5.8 turns annually.

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12. Materials Management

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Here's how Materials Management is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Facilitated company acquisition assimilation activities for Materials Management
  • Managed the Materials Management Group to determine and set up multiple distributional locations.
  • Evolved a fledgling Materials Management group into an empowered, world-class organization.
  • Developed and implemented warehouse and materials management program for 2 plants.
  • Hired to reorganize materials management.
  • Work directly with Materials Management to disseminate relevant USPI information, drive contract compliance and savings through supplier expense reductions.
  • Directed a team of 45 material planners and buyers to meet Dell's aggressive inventory and materials management targets.
  • Directed all activities of purchasing, materials management, and manufacturing for a high-tech medical device maker.
  • Tracked all inventory, purchase orders, and expenditures using the Lawson ERP/materials management system.
  • Led and directed the Global Materials Management team, with direct reports in 3 countries.
  • Provide technical leadership to drive best practices in materials management for the entire system.
  • Direct all site shop floor materials management and warehousing activities.
  • Recruited by President to rebuild/reengineer materials management function to support merger of two largest competitors in bicycling industry.
  • Introduced a new materials management information system for evaluation and implementation.
  • Assisted and participated in monthly materials management analysis and reporting.
  • Directed multi-plant facilities for materials management.
  • Developed and implemented materials management.
  • Direct all materials management activities in support of the plant SAP Go-Live.

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13. Inventory Management

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Here's how Inventory Management is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Implemented best practices for scheduling customer orders, warehouse inventory management, and all purchasing functions for North America operations.
  • Complete responsibility including Engineering, Customer Interface, Documentation Control, and Inventory Management.
  • Inventory management with audit responsibilities as well as any previously listed related functions.
  • Improved Oracle system setup for distribution picking and physical inventory management.
  • Utilized the ABC methodology in inventory management.
  • Inventory Management process improvement including:.
  • Assigned to handle all responsibilities of converting a new acquisition's purchasing and inventory management over to our system.
  • Used lean principles to successfully restructure the Inventory Management Team and Purchasing Team to streamline the procurement activities.
  • Evaluated supplier metrics and capacity; developed strategies to achieve budget, quality, and inventory management goals.
  • Reduced inventory investment 33% and obsolete write offs $800K by improving inventory management practices.
  • Improved working capital by 25% through tight inventory management within first 6 months of hire.
  • Directed the Global Inventory Management team with responsibility for over $25M in inventory.
  • Reduced inventories 25% in a growing business through inventory management techniques.
  • Helped test, revamp and implement new inventory management system (Maximo) with minimum disruption to daily operations.
  • Managed a department of 6 purchasing, planning and inventory management employees.

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14. Direct Reports

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Here's how Direct Reports is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Direct reports included: Inventory Manager, Scheduling Manager, Transportation Manager, Demand Planning Manager, and 3 Project Managers.
  • Direct reports include 5 purchasing agents, 1 purchasing clerk, and 1 warehouse manager.
  • Managed 4 direct reports, 25 total personnel, and a $10 million budget.
  • Staff of 4 on-site salaried reports, 8 offshore reports, 38 indirect reports.
  • Managed 5 direct reports, with a total of 24 employees.
  • Manage six direct reports with an overall staff of 13.
  • Managed 11 direct reports and 100+ personnel in materials functions.
  • Support growth and recognize successes of direct reports.
  • Direct reports 2 Managers and 7 Subordinates.
  • Managed 4 direct reports and 8 indirect.
  • Direct reports 4; total reports15.
  • Managed an organizaRon of 225 people through 8 direct reports across 3 plants.
  • Manage a multi-tiered staff of 23 through 9 direct reports.
  • Staff of 10 direct reports and 28 indirect reports.

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15. Production Planning

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Here's how Production Planning is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Created, implemented and managed production planning processes; improved operations utilization, operations productivity, customer service and on-time delivery.
  • Facilitated corporate forecasting, procurement, production planning, and warehousing & distribution functions.
  • Directed production planning, engineering, purchasing, receiving and inventory control for a custom manufacturer of retail store fixture displays.
  • Initiated execution of Corporate Build Plan, including master scheduling, production planning and material support through all phases of production.
  • Directed purchasing, production planning and scheduling, inventory, and shipping/receiving for the 4 divisions.
  • Manage the Thatcher distribution supply chain from Production Planning to finished product shipment.
  • Developed SIOP and Production Planning Processes.
  • Created a Production Planning department.
  • Direct supervision Provide direct line supervision of Production Planning Supervisor and (2) Warehouse Supervisors.
  • Managed Purchasing, Production Planning, Warehousing, and IT function.

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Here's how ISO is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Sustained corporate compliance to QSR/ISO while implementing departmental procedures.
  • Developed procedures and obtained ISO 9001 certification.
  • Created and trained all material departments in processes and procedures including flow diagrams in support of our ISO and quality program.
  • Created a cross functional team to evaluate key suppliers by conducting an on-site mini ISO audit.
  • Managed department of 77 employees, including Associate Director, Manager, and 5 supervisors.
  • Authored policies, procedures and work instructions in a successful First Attempt ISO 9001 certification.
  • Direct Reports are four Buyers and ten Inventory employees (two supervisor leads).
  • Maintained operational corporate compliance to QSR/ISO while utilizing the company RitePro PLM system.
  • Assigned Inventory Supervisor to lead Bar Code Implementation Project and Cycle Count Procedure.
  • Led CA/ASK MANMAN ERP implementation, ISO 9001 certification, and TQM program.
  • Directed three supervisory positions, five purchasing personnel and 27 warehouse employees.
  • Directed internal auditing as lead auditor per requirements of ISO9001:2000 and MIL-I-45208a.
  • Gained Boeing approval by putting paperwork in place for ISO implementation.
  • Insured compliance to FDA Good Manufacturing Practices and ISO standards.
  • Implemented ISO 9001 material controls and disciplines.
  • Served as auditor for SP's ISO-9000 program for 1 year and 3 year recertification audits.
  • Run vendor collaborative planning with Isola and DuPont and daily huddle meetings with Operations.
  • Achieved ISO Certification in 1st year, introduced to Kaizen methodology.
  • Insured compliance to FDA cGMP and ISO standards.
  • Pre-loaded 1,700 part numbers for the Isola HSD new product launch.

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17. Supplier Relationships

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Here's how Supplier Relationships is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Reduced logistics expenditures by 50% by implementing purchase order specifications that maximize preferred supplier relationships.
  • Managed procurement functions, supplier relationships and inventory.
  • Managed supplier relationships and quality control.
  • Implemented second-tier supplier relationships to create turnkey products from single sources and Vendor Managed Inventory Programs.

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18. Inventory Accuracy

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Here's how Inventory Accuracy is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Charged with creating and implementing inventory accuracy awareness program that achieved significant improvement.
  • Improved inventory accuracy with effective cycle counting program.
  • Increased inventory accuracy and parts availability almost immediately.
  • Implemented cycle count system and improved inventory accuracy.
  • Cycle count performance to assure inventory accuracy.
  • Improved inventory accuracy of raw materials from 65% to 98% and finished goods from 90% to 99%.
  • Improved inventory accuracy from 60% to 98% through cycle counting, warehouse redesign and implementation of automated parts carousel.
  • Maintain inventory accuracy at 98% count and 99.9% value using cycle counting and root cause analysis.
  • Established a cycle count process to insure inventory accuracy and eliminate the need for company four wall inventories.
  • Raised inventory accuracy 22% by designing and introducing cycle count procedures.
  • Initiated and created cycle count program to maintain 98% inventory accuracy.
  • Introduced cycle counting and WIP auditing improving inventory accuracy above 95%.
  • Reduced materials cost 22% and improved inventory accuracy 15%.
  • Improved inventory accuracy from 91% to over 98%.
  • Achieved and maintained an inventory accuracy of 99%.
  • Improved inventory accuracy to 98+% utilizing cycle counting.
  • Created cycle count program to ensure inventory accuracy.
  • Achieved and maintained inventory accuracy of 99.5%
  • Increased inventory accuracy by 42% (58% to 97%) within 12 months.
  • Improved warehouse inventory accuracy from 85% to 98% in 2 months by implementing Kaizen events and 5S.

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Here's how Kanban is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Maximized supply flexibility while minimizing inventory via cycle time reduction, JIT/Kanban development, local warehousing and inventory pull system implementation.
  • Designed and implemented an electronic Kanban replenishment system for stockroom and items stored in point-of-use storage location
  • Implemented a Kanban process that eliminated material kitting and reduced process interruptions.
  • Implemented numerous manufacturing practices, including Kanban and SPC quality models.
  • Developed Kanban program for many customers.
  • Increased inventory turns 33% and reduced on-hand inventory 15% by implementing Kanban and consigned inventory programs with multiple suppliers.
  • Developed and implemented an electronic Kanban procurement system which became the model for AT&T's EDI and InterWorks programs.
  • Refined supply chain management utilizing just in time methods such as Kanban, consigned stock and vendor lead time reduction.
  • Developed a Kanban system for purchased material delivery with six major suppliers covering 55 different high volume usage parts.
  • Deployed Kanban replenishment system for 80% of volume, reducing stock outs 95% in first 6 months.
  • Created Kanban JIT inventory replenishment system with suppliers supporting 4 factories in Mexico and San Diego.
  • Slashed on hand inventory by 50%+ through Kanban stocking agreements with top spend suppliers.
  • Lowered inventory $245K and improved cash flow by launching Kanban system for packaging.
  • Served as product leader and trainer for new E-Kanban software interface program.
  • Converted all production lines from work order based to Kanban based replenishment.
  • Implemented multiple SAP functionality such as SAP kanban, auto P.O.
  • Introduced and established kanban for raw materials.
  • Featured in Datacraft Solutions Technology Editorial for E-Kanban transformation.
  • Installed Kanban replenishment system with largest supplier.

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Here's how New Product Development is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Requested by President to be Project Manager for new product development including customer interface and engineering management.
  • Program Management for Operations New Product Development and Introduction.
  • Project leader for new product development, retail market introduction, value analysis and cost reduction programs.
  • Work closely with engineering on R&D projects for new product development and cost reduction.

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Here's how Process Improvement is used in Materials Director jobs:
  • Participated in multiple process improvement and capital projects teams.
  • Developed goals and process improvements within materials group.
  • Process Improvement: Initiated an online materials price database giving product teams access to current and historical prices.
  • Co-chaired the Operations council and was a Process Improvement team leader.
  • Monitor and evaluate workflow and assembly methods and make recommendations for production process improvements.
  • Process Improvements-Tools Team building, mentoring and Leadership
  • Process Improvement/Quality Manager - Developed and implemented process improvement objectives to increase efficiencies, improve quality of documentation and deliverables.

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  • Lead the Materials Department for the Defense segment, comprised of six manufacturing facilities as well as distribution and kitting operations.
  • Repaired the relationship between the Materials department and our customers, both internal and external.
  • Implemented process and procedures for the Materials Department to be ISO 9000 ready.
  • Managed activities of 50 personnel in Materials Department.
  • Organized and implemented the transfer of manufacturing and materials departments for this new startup company in Connecticut.
  • Developed and implemented strategic direction and opportunities for the materials department.
  • Created reporting criteria and format for metrics on materials department activities.
  • Developed strategic direction for the materials department.
  • Lead as a change agent within the materials department to ensure that current and future processes are continually improving.
  • Acquired AS9100 (military) and ISO 13485 (medical) Certifications for the materials department.
  • Counseled store operations team on course materials department operation and best practices.
  • Developed a "Day in the Life" (DILO) document for roles comprising a Plant Materials Department.

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23. Master Schedule

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  • Trained master schedulers in converting high-level marketing forecasts into usable material and production plans.
  • Master Scheduler, providing objective data based reasoning for all resource planning, including capacity and purchased goods.
  • Direct reports include four Buyers, Master Scheduler, as well as the stockroom, shipping and receiving.
  • Established with Marketing/Sales an annual forecast, which was entered creating a master schedule with capacity constraints.
  • Reviewed the master schedule and then launched Material Requirements Plan.

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24. JIT

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  • Implemented JIT/ Demand-Pull methodologies with strategic suppliers.
  • Reduced lead-times by 85% (6 months to 4 weeks) on key product families by implementing JIT concepts.
  • Reduced inventory by $3.2 million through the implementation of economic ordering quantity methodologies and a JIT purchasing system.
  • Set up JIT procurement contracts with key suppliers which resulted in $1.3 million in savings.
  • Increased on time delivery performance to customer JIT requirements from 56% to 99%.
  • Implemented JIT material deliveries using Sale/Operation planning, turnover improved from 3.4 to 6.8.
  • Established JIT solutions for all commodities worldwide to reduce inventory levels by 25%.
  • Implemented JIT supply chain processes which reduced inventories by $2M.
  • Reduced on-hand inventory levels by $500,000 through JIT Program.
  • Saved $600K implementing JIT material flow for parts fabrication.
  • Implemented JIT 3PL models to support lean Automotive initiatives.
  • Develop MPS to maintain JIT/Blanket Order supply.

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25. Sigma

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  • Created an environment that encouraged continuous improvement through lean six sigma methodologies and advanced planning techniques.
  • Applied lean six sigma processes in of support of 2011 operational objectives resulting in improve margins and reduced manufacturing cycle times.
  • Completed three Six Sigma projects with outside supplier (General Electric) to improve supply chain performance.
  • Utilized Lean Six Sigma principles that improved administrative processes and reduced Purchasing headcount 25%.
  • Direct and oversee the organization's manufacturing operations using proven Lean Six Sigma principles.
  • Implemented lean / Six Sigma techniques to manage material in multiple CVS sites globally.
  • Achieved Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and taught Lean modules of certification class.
  • Co-founded lean sigma initiative to transform culture to embrace and develop lean practices.
  • Utilized 6 sigma techniques which reduced inventories by $1.2M.
  • Lead Six Sigma project teams with regard to "Lean Manufacturing" and "Bar Coding" initiatives.

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26. Material Planning

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  • Introduced lean manufacturing techniques to warehouse and material planning.
  • Directed purchasing, material planning and sub-contract operations.
  • Led all phases of production planning and scheduling, purchasing and material planning, and inventory control, shipping and receiving.
  • Realized 30% ($250K) efficiency reduction * Automated Shop Floor scheduling to stabilize material planning and execution.
  • Provided daily and long term material planning to ensure all parts are available when needed.
  • Managed purchasing, material planning, and warehouse operation with 9 direct report employees.
  • Managed purchasing, planning, order management, logistics, NPI material planning, and negotiations for $100M telecom manufacturer.
  • Developed and successfully managed a wafer fab start and backend production / material planning system to support local and offshore production.
  • Progressed to assume responsibility for material planning and inventory management supporting a fleet of Saab 340 and CRJ aircraft.

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27. MRO

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  • Sourced maintenance repair and operations (MRO) supplies and quickly booked $1.2M in price savings.
  • Designed and piloted GM's first integrated supply strategy for non-product (MRO) material.

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28. Aerospace

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  • Provided direction to Materials Planning and Distribution teams responsible for the delivery of aerospace electronic assemblies.
  • Managed supply chain and pricing contracts for Defense/Security and Aerospace accounts, valued at approximately $250M in annual global revenue.
  • Chain Management Kelly Aerospace 32MM manufacturer of OE and aftermarket General Aviation parts.

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29. Materials Organization

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  • Established Spare Part replenishment programs, and implemented various continuous improvement processes throughout the Materials Organization to improve overall performance.
  • Directed corporate implementation of new business enterprise system in the Materials organization.
  • Integrated two separate materials organizations into one team and combined two SAP plants into one plant in under two months.
  • Managed North American Materials Organization, with direct reports through US and Canada.
  • Directed all facets of the Materials Organization and SCM, including Procurement.
  • Restructured the materials organization and implemented improved processes and reduced departmental expenses by over 22%.
  • Strengthened the materials organization by training and process improvements that to support the growth of business while reducing headcount.
  • Managed Materials Organizations in East Kilbride, Scotland and Fremont, CA.
  • Led and managed a materials organization with 35 employees.

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30. VMI

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  • Re-organized warehouse, parts fulfillment, shipping, floor stock, and implemented VMI programs.
  • Negotiated and implement VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) and EDI programs with suppliers.
  • Created Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) programs reducing inventory by $1.975M.
  • Implemented vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs with three key suppliers.
  • Worked with suppliers and to implement Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Created VMI in 5 regions, reduced DOS to 12 days.

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31. OP

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  • Developed and implemented programs for Continuous Improvement, lean manufacturing, and employee involvement.
  • Developed and nurtured internal and external business and technical interfaces.
  • Developed Supplier Scorecards as well as vendor qualification process.
  • Performed environmental assessments and testing of properties and facilities.
  • Organized inputs and development of operational budgets.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented new concept for development and management of Precision Products & Technologies business and production plans.
  • Visited, audited and qualified several new international suppliers in the Far East, Europe and North America.
  • Served as the product owner for CourseTracks, Online Adoption Tool and Digital Pass Code Fulfillment applications.
  • Implemented the IBM MAPICS system, improving the operations at all levels.
  • Planned and coordinated all HAZMAT operations in support of combat support operations.
  • Served on contract negotiation teams in this 3 union shop.
  • Worked with sales department and customers to develop new products.
  • Managed and developed team of 25.
  • Oversee the operation of a 145,000 sq.
  • Produced leading edge microprocessors, microcontrollers, and military grade products.
  • Report to Vice-President Operations Oerlikon Drive Systems, Americas.
  • Transferred existing board and mainframe systems manufacturing operations from California to new facility in Arizona while ramping production by 500%.
  • Designed, developed and established 4 Puerto Rico Foreign Trade Zones in accordance to United States Customs Regulations.
  • Led outsourcing of manufacturing operations at ArvinMeritor Cwmbran, Wales U.K. site.
  • Developed and implemented a "Vendor Qualification" program with Mfg and Quality to establish and strengthen vendor partnerships.

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32. SKU

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  • Managed the Master Production Schedule in a make-to-order, make-to-stock manufacturing environment involving 5,000+ SKU's.
  • Managed 17 staff members using more than 4,000 SKU's.
  • Evaluated SIOP, forward volume projections and analysis for capacity and sku trends monthly.
  • Manage ~13,000 SKUs - annual budget of $18M.

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33. KPI

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  • Managed these teams utilizing Lean strategies and standard and process specific KPI metric goal setting, reporting and accountability.
  • Exceeded KPI targets annually, increasing revenue by 20% in years 2015 and 2016.
  • Implemented KPI reporting process that improved the close process from 7 to 5 days.
  • Developed KPI's and implemented strategies to assure continuous supply of materials.
  • Provide weekly and monthly KPI reporting to upper management.
  • Managed Luke's 168 million-dollar stockpile of munitions.
  • Manage group through KPIs and metrics to ensure proper manufacturing method are followed and achieved to ensure products meet customer specifications.
  • Established Buyer and Supplier KPI Metric Program, and eSupply Procurement Network.

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34. PPV

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  • Developed strategy attaining annual PPV goals without sacrificing quality or delivery.
  • Implemented PPV reporting, cycle count program, Vendor Scorecard metrics, achieving process improvement goals.
  • Monitored vendor performance while developing and maintaining favorable (PPV) purchase price variance.

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35. Annual Sales

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  • Managed materials and procurement team at Maytag cooking products with annual sales of $500 million.

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36. Production Schedules

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  • Provided material projections to purchasing to secure product to meet production schedules and future order requirements.
  • Provide direction on production material flow issues to meet production schedules and customer requirements.
  • Achieved 100% performance to S&OP and Master Production Schedules.
  • Reviewed Master Production Schedule, and developed associated raw materials production schedules.

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37. OEM

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  • Established and managed Purchasing department -Managed customer owned inventory for major OEM's.
  • Installed a drop-shipment process where all products were delivered directly to OEM customers throughout the USA.
  • Managed stockroom operation that supported manufacturing and aftermarket sales of OEM parts to customer base.
  • Negotiated and maintained contracts with ONStor's contract manufacturers, ASIC and OEM suppliers.
  • Repositioned corporation with major OEM's that were suited to our technology roadmap and effectively eliminated distributors and brokers.

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38. EDI

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  • Interacted with customers and utilized organizational skills to coordinate shipments, delivery dates and expediting materials to meet customer's demands.
  • Negotiated all major purchasing commitments as well as import/export arrangements for this Swedish owned company.
  • Redirected and streamlined receiving activities resulting in reduced time for receiving materials.
  • Launched and led division focusing on medical and semi-conductor products.
  • Manage special medical device projects as requested by executive management.
  • Established credit base with national distributors and repair facilities.
  • Organize quarterly branch transfers for redistributing excess inventory.
  • Supervised 6 Government Purchase Credit Card holders managing $600K+ in semi-annual purchases through 3 audits, with 0 discrepancies.
  • Organized the interview process for selection of an accredited registrar and software provider to assist MPC in achieving QS9000.
  • Chair of the Products and Forms Committee which determines the medical products and devices for the hospital.
  • Expanded a computerized inventory system and reduced medical/surgical and central inventories by 32% in five months.
  • Reduced administrative costs by $200K annually through the development of EDI for purchase orders transmittal.
  • Process improvement in, purchasing practices, inventory optimization, EDI processes.
  • Develop programs to help decrease customer's cost * Develop EDI for Procurement
  • Manage multiple projects/tasks across the medical center.
  • Directed & facilitated Benvenue Medical products and processes for international and US clinical distribution.
  • Chaired the products committee, which was responsible for review and implementation of new medical products for the hospital.
  • Implemented Tissue Tracking system ( Tissue Core) and Passed JACHO accreditation.
  • Saved $1.2M implementing supplier integration via EDI and portal-based ecommerce.
  • Developed strategies to support the business in line with the company's imminent bankruptcy proceedings to keep customer shipments on Rme.

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39. Purchase Orders

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  • Negotiated blanket purchase orders on multiple use items with selected suppliers reducing cost and insuring proper delivery of material.
  • Managed $59 million dollars in purchase orders and 9 million dollars in capital PO's.
  • Analyzed requisitions, quotes and purchase orders to ensure the supplier conforms to order details.
  • Incorporated blanket Purchase Orders, where applicable, to reduce in-house cycle times.
  • Replenished inventory with blanket, stock and fill in purchase orders.

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40. Supplier Quality

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  • Established and maintained vendor relationships to ensure material on time delivery and supplier quality.
  • Formalized the Supplier Quality Management processes.
  • Lead the Material Operations team, which includes Procurement, Supplier Quality, Shipping, Receiving, Logistics, and Warehousing.
  • Improved supplier quality awareness which resulted in 25% reduction of rejections, improved documentation and SPC.
  • Managed a staff including commodity managers, NPI and production planners/buyers, and supplier quality engineers.
  • Appointed to serve as Leader of the Ingram Supplier Quality Engineering Team for North America.

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41. WIP

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  • Reduced WIP inventory, level loaded manufacturing and shipping schedules
  • Reduced excess inventory WIP and RIP by 30%; established guidelines for entitlement and managed inventory to the established figure.
  • Implemented supply agreements - lead-time reduction by 75% / WIP inventory by 50%.
  • Reduced finished goods inventory by 40% and raw material/WIP inventory by 10%.
  • Planned wafer starts, WIP control.
  • Reduced inventory (FG, WIP and Project) from $62.6M to $47.3M over 9-month period.
  • Reduced E&O exposure for raw materials/WIP from $1.2MM to $100K.

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42. Distribution Centers

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  • Set up three out of state distribution centers, two from the ground up.

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43. Material Flow

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  • Maintained consistent material flow through leading supplier capacity and restraint audits.
  • Develop and implement S&OP process to maximize material flow efficiencies and minimize inventory in a multi-plant environment.

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44. Cost Analysis

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  • Managed sales profitability organization including standard cost analysis, price setting, and variance analysis.
  • Developed and managed purchasing budgets for the hospital and performed detailed cost analysis.
  • Created a detailed time study/cost analysis spreadsheet breaking down each phase of soft goods and plastic parts production.
  • Developed cost pricing for each item based on time study/cost analysis.
  • Produced construction materials blending programs, cost analysis and pricing.
  • Cost analysis of new and existing products.

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45. BOM

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  • Included engineering, logistics, development of structured BOM's and company commodity based part numbering system.
  • Provide manufacturing BOM accountability and maintain BOM's as well as provide source input to Engineering.
  • Managed all BOM structures for our customers and TXP's ONT and Retro products.
  • Directed BOM reviews and cycle counts to maintain finished goods costs and accurate MRP.
  • Reduced direct Material BOM cost from $150 down to $95 in 6 Months.
  • Controlled the authoring, entering and evaluation of BOMs into Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Microsoft Great Plains Software).
  • Establish SOPS, BOMs, test specifications manufacturing processes for luminescent materials.

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46. R

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  • Repaired strained relationships with key, sole-source suppliers by developing mutual beneficial resolutions for long standing conflicts.
  • Conduct annual physical inventory and prepare summary reports for auditors.
  • Planned and constructed warehouse & distribution facility for corporate growth.
  • Directed & facilitated NeoVista products and processes for international distribution.
  • Instituted supplier management and ratings processes.
  • Managed corporate inventory ($25MM+) from a start up environment through incorporation into a public entity and global company.
  • Administered departmental budgets, annual procurement & build plans, product introductions, and operational support processes.
  • Administered global procurement, build plans, new product introductions, and operational support processes.
  • Managed corporate inventory (~$2.8MM+) for a start up environment.
  • Implemented cross training and process enhancements to increase productivity by 27%.
  • Review and submit time sheets for the department to Accounts Payable.
  • Created performance metrics to support corporate growth activities.
  • Implemented and managed the Colorado Divisions IT Department.
  • Negotiated raw material cost reductions of $300,000.
  • Company was sold to an Investment firm.
  • Prepare and distribute Month End Activity Report.
  • Managed planning, purchasing and distribution.
  • Reduced inventories by $250,000.
  • Directed facilitated & incorporated Kyphon products and processes into Medtronic standards for acquisition transition & expansion.
  • Participated in "Management Leadership Council" activities to create corporate actionable strategic initiatives (ASI).

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47. Contract Negotiations

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  • Achieved $1.5M purchase price variance in two years through contract negotiations and expansion of offshore procurement in Mexico and China.
  • Managed vendor relations and contract negotiations with more than 400 vendors.
  • Key Contributions: Saved $4.5M in annual spending through effective contract negotiations, vendor management and strategic sourcing.

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48. Capital Equipment

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  • Qualified and selected domestic and international suppliers for all major inventory materials, outsourcing, capital equipment and service contracts.
  • Established a secondary market for hospital capital equipment purchases yielding a net cost savings of $100K.

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49. Taiwan

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  • Design and development of commercial computer peripherals and lines to be built in Taiwan
  • Negotiated and procured turnkey products, designed by EFI, from Taiwan suppliers.
  • Major improvement in the China, Taiwan, Philippines and NA operations.

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50. OTD

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  • Improved OTD by 14 percentage points to 99% from 85%.
  • Implement Industrious ERP, to enable and ensure 99,7% OTD.
  • Optimized world wide inventories to assure 100% OTD.

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20 Most Common Skills For A Materials Director

Supply Chain

19.1%

Inventory Control

9.0%

On-Time Delivery

6.8%

Logistics

6.5%

Production Control

6.1%

Raw Materials

5.5%

ERP

5.2%

Cost Savings

5.2%

Customer Service

4.3%

MRP

4.1%

Inventory Turns

3.6%

Materials Management

3.1%

Inventory Management

3.1%

Direct Reports

3.0%

Production Planning

2.8%

ISO

2.7%

Supplier Relationships

2.7%

Inventory Accuracy

2.4%

Kanban

2.4%

New Product Development

2.3%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Materials Director

Rank Skill
1 Supply Chain 14.5%
2 Inventory Control 6.8%
3 On-Time Delivery 5.2%
4 Logistics 5.0%
5 Production Control 4.7%
6 Raw Materials 4.2%
7 ERP 4.0%
8 Cost Savings 4.0%
9 Customer Service 3.3%
10 MRP 3.1%
11 Inventory Turns 2.7%
12 Materials Management 2.4%
13 Inventory Management 2.3%
14 Direct Reports 2.3%
15 Production Planning 2.1%
16 ISO 2.1%
17 Supplier Relationships 2.1%
18 Inventory Accuracy 1.9%
19 Kanban 1.8%
20 New Product Development 1.7%
21 Process Improvement 1.7%
22 Materials Department 1.3%
23 Master Schedule 1.3%
24 JIT 1.2%
25 Sigma 1.1%
26 Material Planning 1.0%
27 MRO 1.0%
28 Aerospace 1.0%
29 Materials Organization 0.9%
30 VMI 0.8%
31 OP 0.8%
32 SKU 0.8%
33 KPI 0.8%
34 PPV 0.8%
35 Annual Sales 0.8%
36 Production Schedules 0.8%
37 OEM 0.7%
38 EDI 0.7%
39 Purchase Orders 0.7%
40 Supplier Quality 0.6%
41 WIP 0.6%
42 Distribution Centers 0.6%
43 Material Flow 0.5%
44 Cost Analysis 0.5%
45 BOM 0.5%
46 R 0.5%
47 Contract Negotiations 0.5%
48 Capital Equipment 0.5%
49 Taiwan 0.4%
50 OTD 0.4%
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