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Manager Supply Chain

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
December 03, 2017

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Michael Birringer

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Milwaukee, WI 53212


Experience: Supply chain management professional with proven abilities to handle every facet of the material and purchasing function from day to day tactical activities to long term strategic planning. High energy individual with a sense of urgency who possesses the ability to adapt to new commodities and environments. Proven history of successful supplier management, introducing cost savings opportunities and improving working capital scenarios.

Commodity Manager, Milsco Manufacturing, Milwaukee, WI March 2006 to present

Championed Cost Improvement Proposals (CIPs) which have generated $8.4 million in annual cost savings.

Managed Black Belt projects which improved internal responsiveness, increased yields,and lowered cost.

Created vendor review program that measured the supply chain’s ability to support top line strategic objectives.

Purchasing Manager, Iris USA, Pleasant Prairie, WI December 2004 to February 2006

Negotiated resin contracts resulting in a 6.25% cost reduction.

Reduced shipping claims by $475,000 through packaging redesign.

Led VA/VE activity that drove down packaging and label costs by 10%.

Senior Buyer, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Milwaukee, WI December 2002 to December 2004

Negotiated material contracts with primary resin suppliers which resulted in lowering resin spend by $1.35 million over a two year period.

Reduced overall procurement spend on plastic components by 11%.

Developed off-shore sources for injection molded parts and tooling.

Senior Buyer, Rexnord, Milwaukee, WI March 2002 to December 2002

Established off-shore source for cast chain links resulting in an annual cost savings of $350,000.

Implemented automated Kan-Ban system which increased inventory turnover by 22%.

Elevated internal customer service levels by 18%.

Production Supervisor, Rexnord Corporation, Milwaukee, WI January 1997 to March 2002

Raised departmental on-time percentages by 30%.

Lowered component WIP and inventories by 20%.

Implemented Lean Manufacturing techniques and principles.

Production Manager, Kinetic Company, Greendale, WI February 1995 to December 1996

Created and monitored forecasting activities.

Converted production operation from make to order environment to make to stock environment.

Improved external on-time delivery by 25%.

Buyer/Planner, Mirro Company, Manitowoc, WI April 1992 to February 1995

Introduced $465,000 in annual cost saving opportunities in packaging and labels.

Consolidated vendor supply base.

Increased inventory turnover by 53%.

Field Auditor, Audit Bureau of Circulations, Schaumberg, IL July 1986 to September 1990

Conducted financial and circulation audits of newspapers and magazines throughout North America.

Managed competitive market audits.

Trained and mentored junior auditors.

Education: Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, May 2002

Other Accomplishments:

Achieved Certified Purchasing Manager status through the Institute of Supply Management.

Achieved APICS certification through the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

Achieved Black Belt certification through Aveta Business Institute.

Completed Program Management Certificate through Villanova University.

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