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Manager Supply Chain

Mundelein, Illinois, United States
February 13, 2018

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Thomas C. Rearer, Jr.

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Mundelein, IL 60060



Creative and innovative problem solver with strong analytical skills and the ability to effectively manage people, projects and budgets. Seasoned supply chain professional with a proven track record for leading and overseeing warehouse and distribution activities, facilities management, and inventory control.

Biddeford Blankets / Microlife USA 2007 to October 2017

Director of Logistics

-Supervised logistics for two companies with $100 million is sales in two warehouses

-Reduced temporary labor by 23% from 2016 by utilizing three agencies and 75 workers on two shifts

-Reduced small package freight costs by 30% by introducing USPS as a carrier

-Established e-commerce division from ground zero to 16 percent of sales

-Facilities manager coordinating safety and security measures for multiple locations, with no lost days since 2009.

-Negotiated and monitored contracts with 3PLs, reducing freight costs 9%

-Inventory control of over 750 SKUs in two company divisions in multiple warehouses

-Coordinated receiving over 400 inbound containers from overseas each year

-Led the team selecting the IT support company

-Part of the management team reviewing replacement ERP systems

-Coordinated FDA visits

Saf-T-Gard International, 2003 to 2007

Director of Operations

Responsible for managing operations in both main warehouse and seasonal temporary facilities, including shipping, receiving, and inventory control of more than 4000 SKU’s.

oDirected operations of Volt-Gard, one of the largest electrical retest labs in the country

oImproved shipping process using a third party logistics company and new carriers, decreasing shipping costs by $35,000

oNegotiated warehouse contracts for out of state locations to reduce freight costs and improve customer lead times

oStreamlined Volt-Gard testing and shipping process to handle larger volumes without increased manning levels

oImproved Access database for telephone company returns, increasing customer inventory levels and reducing customer costs

American Health Products Corporation, 1999 to 2003

Inventory/Buyer 2002 to 2003

oPurchased all products stocked in four warehouses throughout the United States, $22 million per year

oMonitored and maintained inventory levels at all warehouses

oDirected all inventory movements to compensate for 2002 West Coast Dock workers strike. Maintained a 95% in stock status of all items

oDeveloped Access database for tracking all inbound containers from overseas

oCreated Inventory control spreadsheets to monitor weekly usage at all warehouses

oCreated all purchase orders based on 12 week supply cycle

oCoordinated with Marketing on new product design and acquisition

oWorked with new vendors on product specifications

Warehouse Manager 1999 to 2003

oStaffed entire warehouse following reorganization

oFacilities Manager for building; worked with local officials and contractors

oReduced warehouse operating budget

oInstituted new staging program for orders that eliminated 20 man hours per day

oCreated Access database for maintaining warehouse locations

oStandardized operating procedures for all incoming and outgoing freight

oTrained all new forklift drivers on operations and safety

oImplemented new picking and shipping policy that resulted in 99.95% shipping accuracy

oProject Manager for bar coding research and implementation project

General Binding Corporation, 1996 to 1999

Warehouse Manager/Production Supervisor

oManaged traffic and warehouse operations for $30 million manufacturing plant

oReduced freight costs by $32,000

oImproved shipping efficiency by 10%, eliminating weekend overtime

oCompleted ISO 9001 certification in five months

oImplemented bar coding system for product identification

oCertified as “Train the Trainer” to teach and license forklift drivers

oSupervised custom product manufacturing process on both first and second shifts

oCoordinated production schedule for all shifts

oSupervised plant relocation ahead of schedule

Motorola Corporation, 1994 to 1996

oOperated several FUJI robotic machines on cellular production line

oConducted quality control testing and circuit board repairs

Computer Business Forms, 1988 to 1994

oSelf employed business forms distributor

oConducted sales calls on new and existing clients

oCreated unique customer-specific forms for new and existing clients

oRedesigned customer forms to improve efficiency

US Navy/ US Naval Reserve, 1977 to 1995

oRetired as Commander (O-5)

oEight years at Naval Reserve Center Great Lakes, IL as Retention Officer and Training Officer

oServed on two nuclear submarines as Weapons Officer responsible for the operation and maintenance of all mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems

oSupervised over 100 people in various fields during three year overhaul

oQualified in Submarines


Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA 1982

Master of Arts in National Security Affairs

University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN 1977

Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Studies

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