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Supply Chain, SAP, MRP

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
February 12, 2018

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Steve Whitlow


**** * ***** **, *********, WI 53212


Millipore Sigma, August 2000 - November 2017

Supply Chain Supervisor

March 2013 - November 2017

--Manage a team of 9-12 Supply Chain professionals in Milwaukee, St Louis and Sheboygan. Led the group to reduced backlog, bringing inventory down to $675M (from $715M at beginning of 2014), absorbed Buyers into the planning department after the buyout with EMD Millipore, cross trained the Buyers into Planning roles, and the Planners into Buying.

--Manage weekly overnight batch processing as part of the sysadmin team within Planning that ran multiple batch jobs across SAP, Grasp forecasting, and DRP systems.

--Create materials in SAP, schedules and transmitted monthly demand to Corning on a branded project line. Work with vendor on availability, scheduling, and any demand/spike issues that arose. Create monthly purchase requisitions and acted as liaison between internal sales teams and outside vendors.

--Engage with Procurement department to identify and develop ten vendors and their relationship with the company, leading to increased service, decreased inventory on hand, and a better working relationship with those vendors.

Senior Supply Chain Analyst

October 2011 - March 2013

--Maintained fill rate >96% for all product lines under my responsibility, about 7000 products, reduced aged backorders, and implemented monthly master data audits.

--Led a team in finding operational savings in the packaging department totalling $18,000 in the first half of 2011.

--Met with Packaging supervisors on a daily/weekly basis to troubleshoot issues, increase productivity, and reduce backlogs.

--Developed daily, weekly, monthly metrics for Packaging Planning department.

--Led the Planning department on the Manhattan WMS project, which required scripts, testing and implementation of the SAP system with the new Manhattan WMS system.

--Trained all newly hired planners within the department.

--Represented the Planning department in global label redesign, including increasing inventory of materials, design of labels, testing, training and implementation of the new label system that was introduced.

Senior Specialist, Planning and Scheduling

December 2004 - October 2011

--Created review program for On Demand packaging supply items, monitoring over 200 items within packaging setting re-order points and stocking policies using the EOQ method, resulting in a 64% derease in backorders.

--Planning Business Owner for the SAP PP/PO implementation in 2006, worked intensely with Techware Packaging Department in troubleshooting, diagnosing, implementing, and training on SAP PP/PO. Trained all other planners on the new SAP system, helped write and test scripts for Purchasing department.

--Maintained product data integrity, including overseeing the SAP master data updates of over 7000 products leading to reduced number of work orders, setups and cycle time.

--Traveled to corporate headquarters in St Louis, MO to head Corning project, leading to increased sales for the company communicating forecast and demand needs to our supplier.

--Maintained all blanket and service POs for the office equipment in the department.

--Planned, scheduled, and printed work orders for the Packaging department using daily balanced schedules that promote throughput and productivity.

Specialist, Planning and Scheduling

March 2002 - December 2004

--Primary trainer for all new Planning hires, including both legacy and SAP.

--Responsible for tracking Packaging measurements, packaging work order release and scheduling improvements, including a 24% reduction in packaging cycle time.

--Led Planning review program for demand-item packaging supplies, reducing inventory in the warehouse through kanban principles and re-ordering by the end use departments.

--Created detailed, distinct schedules for 300 top dollar and high volume materials in two packaging departments in Milwaukee, resulting in decreased backorders and increased service levels.

--Coordinate the movement of work, process flows, and training during the transition of our downtown facilities to the new campus that was built at Teutonia Ave. Worked at both locations and oversaw the execution of work during the transition with minimal loss in productivity.

Packaging/Production Clerk

August 2000 - March 2002

--Responsible for scheduling of Packaging Work Orders at two facilities in downtown Milwaukee that broke down large bulk purchases to smaller finished goods skus to sell to external customers and restock global distribution centers.

--Received training on GRASP (external forecasting software) and SAP.

--Teamed with Information Services as the SME for the roll-out of Labels-On-Demand, a new system in which labels for work orders were printed directly on the production floor rather than the traditional two day turnaround of the internal print shop.

--Supported a packaging site to achieve a record of zero backorder lines.

--Promoted in March 2002 as the first Planning and Scheduling Specialist in any of the Wisconsin facilities.


Riverwest24, 2008 - 2017

Organizer/Executive Producer/Founder of a local, neighborhood bike ride that brought together the community for a 24 hour bicycle ride / endurance challenge / community event.

--Helped promote and grow our ridership from 188 riders in 2008 to over 1300 in 2017.

--Ran the finance side of the race, including bookkeeping, paying invoices and purchasing permits from the city of Milwaukee.

--Recruited and trained other volunteers to help with the ride, acted as Race Marshall for many years, responding to complaints, police, or neighborhood concerns in real time.

--Ran the social media including facebook, twitter, our webpage ( and emails to our members.

--Oversaw an increase of operating budget from $2800 in 2008 to over $30,000



Intentional Talent Development Program, an internal corporate program of intense shadowing of supervisors and directors to “promote from within” talented employees into management positions.


APICS - Certified in Production and Inventory Management


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