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Union Grove, WI, 53182
March 20, 2018

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Michael Dawson, LSSGB

Union Grove, Wisconsin ****2

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Business Operations Manager

Manufacturing professional with 20+ years’ expertise in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

Accomplished, revenue-driven business process management specialist with a solid track record in master scheduling, procurement, inventory control, cycle count programs, and strategic planning. Strong business acumen in materials, warehouse operations, purchasing, and change management. Skilled leader with proven success in fostering effective cross-functional collaborations to deliver optimal performance, and multimillion dollar inventory reduction targets. Possess a B.S. in Business Administration and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) certification.

Core Competencies:


Supply Chain Management


Client Relationship Management (CRM)

Inventory/Warehouse Operations



Supplier Consolidation

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Change Management/SAP/IFS/Sightline

Professional Experience

Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Senior Buyer, 04/2007 – 01/2018

Oversaw all warehouse operations of service parts in the United States; parts available for service and repair sales at a global corporation committed to providing leading industrial automation and information. Administered system parameters including planning, forecasting, and purchasing. Controlled the supplier repair center requisitions from distribution centers around the US on Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products and Rockwell product line. Coordinated the global sourcing of goods and products that are out of production and hard to find. Managed inventory levels of all obsolete and dispositioned inventory levels within the warehouse operations.

Key Achievements:

Navigated complex matters through continuous improvement utilizing the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) approach derived from Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification obtained in 2010. Practiced Lean value-stream mapping, transactional Lean, and manufacturing Lean Implementation applications to achieve Business Process Development sustainability.

Produced a $1M annual inventory reduction over the past 3 consecutive years by tracking and monitoring the system parameters while achieving inventory goals. Regulated $22M of inventory for two US distribution centers (Champion and Memphis).

Achieved a consistent on-time fill rate of 95% for the fiscal years of 2014-2017; this was on all parts with three pieces or more of sales a year. Monitored and reported monthly metrics, reaching AEIP requirements for the customer support and maintenance departments within the corporation.

Implementation of RISO (Rockwell Inventory and Service Optimization) tool as a planning and scheduling support aid. Curtailed the total volume in stock and satisfied cost inventory reduction targets for the fiscal years 2014-2017. Led the surge in COGS as far as part availability, stimulating growth for the business unit for sixteen straight quarters in the metrics reports.

Implemented supporting efforts for store room negotiations, embedded staff members, and third-party labor contractors at several OEM plant branches for the 2014 through 2017 fiscal year spending $1.8M per year in third party labor annually.

Beere Medical Kmedic /Teleflex Medical/Tecomet, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Master Scheduler shop floor control 1/2004 – 9/2004

Purchasing Manager, 9/2004 – 10/2005

Plant Manager, 11/2005 - 3/2007

Managed scheduling for 260 employees with a 24 hour seven day a week rotating shift production operation. As purchasing manager, had supervision of office staff, inventory stores and receiving dock. As plant manager I was in charge of 260 direct-reporting staff members. Supervised daily workflow on plant floor operations and tracked forecasted labor hours in correlation with actual production schedule. Administered daily production audit meetings at communication boards on the plant floor to discuss bottlenecks and designate resolutions with a 24-hour deadline for objectives. Deployed corrective actions to neutralize restricted flow such as print dimension, tooling availability, raw material, and all other production issues. Directed component part specifications, finished goods, and stocking replenishment programs.

Key Achievements:

Regulated national and global orthopedic surgical instrument procurement worth $4M in finished products. Purchased raw materials ($4.85M of titanium, $4.50M of stainless steel, and $2.40M of aluminum), as well as outside services support.

Executed a plant closing and the transportation of purchased goods, raw materials, and machinery to the new facility. Eradicated $1M of past due goods from Germany within the first four months of production.

Additional Experience

Consultant (10/2003 to 1/2004) Dotline / West marine, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Integrated purchasing modules, A B C codes, reorder points, established costed bills of materials, shop floor scheduling; turned on computer modules that the client was not utilizing.

Purchasing Manager (2000 to 2003) § ThermaSys Corporation – Thermal Transfer Division, Racine, Wisconsin

Managed inventory and supply base, established vendor compliance, plant executed of the Toyota Production System and DFT pull systems internal in the plant and external with supply base. Accelerated the transformation of entire plant and aided all initiatives of the transformation implementation. Supervised eight employees encompassing the office, inventory and receiving personnel.

Purchasing Manager (1997 – 1999) American Precision Industries / Getty’s, Racine, Wisconsin

Implemented and managed all efforts for Demand Flow on the shop floor, set up Kanban pull internally and externally with the supply base. Set up the assembly floor lay out and implemented plan for five work assembly cells.

Technical Proficiencies


SAP, IFS, Sightline, G-Code, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Education and Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) November 2010, National Association of purchasing managers 1989 – 1999, APICS 2008 - 2016

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