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Director Operations

Danville, California, United States
April 04, 2018

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Jim Harrison

Danville, CA ***** 510-***-****

Senior Level Manufacturing and Operations Manager

Production / Strategic Planning / Negotiations / Lean / M&A / P&L / GAAP / ISO / ERP / SOX / SAP / Microsoft AX / SQL/ Labor Relations / Sustainability / Budgets / Databases / Purchasing / Outsourcing / Sales Support Contracts / Cost Control / ISO / Distribution Channels / Business Intelligence / Accounting / Inventories / Materials

High performance and results oriented professional with an exceptional ability to lead global manufacturing, operations and support administration. Collaborator who develops win-win cross-functional results. Manage to mitigate risk, improve processes and business results. Results driven leadership that brings successes faster than others. Expert in global back-room organizational support. Aligns resources for exceptional productivity gains.

Executive strengths include:

Managing large, international teams and production processes successfully

Negotiating, communicating and brokering solutions

Leading multi-business team projects to find and broker solutions

Delivering business improvements that lower risk, costs and improve labor inefficiencies

Education: MBA, Saint Mary’s College of California. BS, University of Phoenix.

Selected Accomplishments

Led SAP implementation project, which will save $10M+ annually. Championed SAP conversion project for 40+ sites in 14 global locations. Secured approval for three year $30M project, which will go-live in Feb. 2018.

Improved plant utilization by 20%, a $1M yearly savings. Excess capacity impacted gross margins. Created plan to redistributed production. Team approved project. Successfully moved production to new locations.

Eliminated production roadblocks, saving nearly $50K. Reviewed multi-plant production rates and costs of manufacturing. Reallocated production by site. Reeducated associates on production methodologies.

Championed a sustainable ERP system. Led 50+ person team to evaluate best option to replace a Legacy system. Secured project approval and completed project in 1/3 of the expected scope implementation time.

Integrated poorly performing Chinese company into new plant. Opened plant, moved acquisition production. Resolved labor dispute at a 50% savings.

Implemented global hybrid GL system that met SOX compliance. Converted antiquated GL ERP system to Microsoft AX. Completed difficult and technical project, meeting regulatory requirements in 3 months.

Lowered operating expenses by $139K. Determined new lighting was potential savings area. Negotiated project approval. Installed the new lights at a cost of $109K, well under the projected $284K estimate.

Career History

Director, ERP Manufacturing System, Simpson Strong Tie, 2016 to Present. Led strategic project to migrate from Legacy ERP to SAP S4/HANA. Built business case and maintaining old system. Responsible for data migration that will affect 40+ locations in 20 countries. Responsible for 3rd party software evaluation. Support corporate operations.

Manager, Operations and Manufacturing System Design, Simpson Strong Tie, 2012 to 2015. Managed ERP system, global Lean projects, database, and support operations. Improved ERP used for manufacturing, sales, supply chain, and warehousing. SME for centrally controlled data. Member of M&A team. Led acquisition team.

Asia Pacific Regional Controller, Simpson Strong Tie. 2009 to 2011. Opened start-up plant in China. Integral role in on-boarding an acquisition. Improved supply chain, sourcing, product availability, inventory and quality functions.

Branch Controller, Simpson Strong Tie, 2006 to 2009, Led accounting function at five manufacturing plants and two warehouses. Oversaw accounting function. Member of the Operations Management Team.

Prior Positions: Branch Analyst, Sales Rep, Merchandising / Sales and Production Associate, Simpson Strong Tie.

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