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Supply Chain Manager

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
April 04, 2018

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Alan Ruda

Grand Rapids, MI Area 616-***-****

Management Career Profile

Supply Chain Operations Logistics Purchasing Distribution-Warehousing

Over 17 years of management experience in core supply chain functions across multiple industries

Record of quantified achievements including cost, inventory, OTD, and overall process improvements

BS degrees, The Ohio State University: Transportation/Logistics & Production/Operations Management

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Supply Chain Optimization; Purchasing & Cost Control; Supplier Relations; Inventory Management; Strategic Planning & Execution; Team Building & Leadership; Staff Development; Continuous Process Improvement; Business Acumen & Insight; ERP & JIT Solutions; Inbound/Outbound Freight Management; Business Development; Quality Assurance; Start-Up Operations; Turnaround Leadership; Exporting; Technologies: SAP, QAD, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

TRAINING – Design of Experiments; Lean Methodologies; How to Conduct Effective Interviews; Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Leadership Success; Purpose-Driven Leadership; Six Sigma; Leading in a Diverse and Inclusive Culture


Selected Highlights:

MedPlast Group: $100K Cost Decrease, Sourcing of $15M in Annual Raw Material Spend, Process Improvement

Dematic: 15% Inventory Accuracy Improvement, Contributor to Facility Relocation from the U.S. to Mexico

Comcast: $750K Annual Cost Savings, 30% Inventory Level Reduction, 99.8% on All Physical Inventories

Spectrum Cubic: 21% OTD Improvement, $75K Freight Cost Drop, S&OP Integration, Supplier Scorecard

ACH Food Companies: $100K Annual Cost Reduction, 99% Finished Goods Accuracy Totals

Nestle Waters NA: 55% Inventory Decrease, 19% OTD Gain, Contributor to $100M Start-Up


MEDPLAST GROUP – Grand Rapids, MI – 2016-2018 (Fully integrated supplier for single-use medical devices)

Supply Chain Manager

Hired into newly-created position to institute formal supply chain methodologies for New Product Introduction (NPI) and development. Reporting to the Director of Supply Chain, managed and mentored team of 6. Sourced over $15M in annual raw material spend for new programs. Worked jointly with Program team and customers to ensure on-time, on-target program launches. Led S&OP meetings for new customers.

Oversaw a broad range of supply chain activities for all new medical device launches, including: customer order management; inventory control; warehouse management; inbound and outbound freight; production planning and scheduling; and raw material sourcing.

Ensured on-time start for jobs through implementation of ERP/QAD system, eliminating prior history of missed start dates and ensuring on-time completion of work orders to meet customer due dates.

Created daily exception reports to ensure availability of raw materials, resolving previous issue with raw material shortages due to lack of standardized reporting.

Generated $100K cost reduction through the installation of a racking system.

DEMATIC CORPORATION – Grand Rapids, MI – 2015-2016 (3rd largest materials handling systems supplier worldwide)

Inbound Manager

Brought on board to improve inventory management within Inbound operations and raw materials controls. Directed all receiving, production order picking/staging, and customer order picking/staging functions. Led, trained, and coached team of 3 non-exempt and 20 unionized employees.

Increased inventory accuracy from 80% to 95% while raising order picking accuracy to 98% through instituting a series of policies and procedures.

Selected to join the Dematic Corporate team in order to help transition production operations from Grand Rapids to Mexico and shutter the Grand Rapids facility.


COMCAST CABLE – Grand Rapids, MI – 2009-2015 (The largest broadcasting and cable TV company worldwide)

Warehouse / Materials Manager

Tasked with revitalizing the company’s supply chain team and optimizing/standardizing supply chain processes across 8 locations and 3 states. Managed 5 exempt and 25 non-exempt employees. Led receiving, warehousing, and materials management activities. Ensured continual availability of equipment and materials to meet customers’ requirements.

Generated $750K annual cost savings through identifying areas of inefficiency and streamlining processes to achieve 25% manpower reduction.

Decreased inventory levels by 30%, representing $3.5M, and improved inventory turns from 6 to 13 by leading SKU rationalization efforts.

Played instrumental role in creating Progression Plan for front-line employees that led to formal supply chain policies and procedures, standardizing of operations, heightened efficiency, and increase in employee morale.

Achieved 99.8% on all annual physical inventories as well as all monthly serial scans.

SPECTRUM CUBIC – Grand Rapids, MI – 2005-2009 (Tier I supplier to aerospace & Tier II supplier to auto industries)

Supply Chain Manager

Challenged to reengineer and champion supply chain activities in response to under-performing issues, including on-time delivery below 80% and overrun expedited freight budget by $100K, as well as product lifecycle management deficiencies. Planned and executed strategies for purchasing, freight, capacity planning, and other supply chain functions.

Increased OTD from 78% to 99% and cut expedited freight costs by $75K through designing and instituting production scheduling tool along with multiple scheduling processes.

Introduced S&OP framework that produced multiple benefits, including reduced cycle times and WIP, shortened times on new product introductions, and reduction in product obsolescence.

Established quantitative, multi-stakeholder supplier selection and performance scorecard that improved OTD and product quality significantly.

Developed and implemented procedures for TS16949 accreditation.

ACH FOOD COMPANIES – Summit, IL – 2003-2005 (Manufacturer/marketer for leading cooking and baking ingredients)

Materials Manager

Supervised team of 7 exempt and 32 hourly, unionized employees. Planned and administered $5M annual operating budget. Directed all aspects of materials management, including master production planning and capacity planning, materials and inventory control, warehousing, customer service, and transportation for all ACH-branded products.

Led full-scale implementation of formal S&OP framework for ACH Foods as well as developing procedures for Safe Quality Food (SQF) objectives.

Increased finished goods reporting accuracy to 99% through development of pallet tagging system.

Reduced transportation costs by $100K annually through negotiation of new contracts.

NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA – Stanwood, MI / Zephyrhills, FL – 1999-2003 (51 brands and 31.7K+ employees)

Regional Supply Chain Manager, MI (2001-2003) / Regional Supply Chain Manager, FL (1999-2001)

Hand-selected as part of new management team to start-up new $100M bottling facility. Contributed to hiring plant personnel, selecting local suppliers, and creating logistics policies/ procedures. Directed all core regional production and inventory functions, managed $6M budget, and directed staff of 21 within a 250K sq. warehouse.

Reduced finished goods inventory by 55% ($3M+) while supporting 25% growth in sales, with inventory reduction resulting in closing of 3rd-party warehouse (savings of over $1M).

Developed and implemented S&OP meetings with Sales and Manufacturing, leading to reduction in cycle times and improvement in OTD from 80% to 99%.

Led warehouse redesign and installation of Twin Lode racking that eliminated need for contract warehousing. Additionally served on corporate team that developed SAP R3 PP & IM and RF WMS processes.


BS, Business Administration, Transportation & Logistics – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

BS, Business Administration, Production & Operations Management – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

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