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Supply Chain Manager

Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, United States
May 18, 2018

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Thomas M. Kohloff

MP & L with extensive experience in all facets of JIT manufacturing in high volume operations. Experienced with logistics, materials management, master scheduling of work-in-process, finished goods, and warehousing operations. Also, production planning and control, with purchasing familiarity. Design and management of domestic and international transportation networks in Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, and India. Negotiated tariffs for domestic and international transportation. Managed operations with multi plant responsibility. Proven team oriented leadership. Earned reputation for contributing positively and quickly to bottom line objectives.

Benteler Automotive, Auburn Hills, MI February 2015-Nov 2017

Sr Supply Chain Planner

Support production at 8 North American Manufacturing and Assembly locations

Assist in creating $42 million annual budget

Develop and report transportation KPIs monthly

Coordinate transportation with suppliers for new product line launches at Benteler plants

Oversee delivery of 175 sea containers a month to five different Benteler plants

Create and monitor lanes for international suppliers to ensure on time delivery to all plants

Track inventory levels for international suppliers using SAP

Manage carrier Fuel Surcharge program

Work with plants to resolve carrier issues

Track expedited transportation cost, reduce and/ or eliminate when possible

Attending to personal family issues Oct 2012-Jan 2015 Actively seeking employment since May 2014

Magna E-car, Rochester Hills, MI July 2010-Sept 2012

Manufacturer of electric motors and other components for alternative fuel vehicles.

Supply Chain/Inventory Coordinator

Used organizational skills to develop and measure daily actives of inbound and outbound domestic and international shipments where no process existed

Created system for identifying, tracking and storing of material

Received material into BaaN for payment processing

Determined Schedule B(HTS Codes) classification for international shipments

Managed A.E.S. for international shipments

Reduced transportation cost 28% in first year

Resolved customs issues with brokers

Certified by Lion Technology in shipping hazardous material

Managed RMA process

Managed premium freight movement and costs

Established, monitored, and maintained inventory levels for critical part

Inventory accuracy over 98%

Scheduled and oversaw usage of company owned vehicles

Established maintenance program for critical equipment

Created and managed Hi-Value parts Crib that had 100% inventory accuracy

Assisted with maintaining and correcting facilities issues

Member of the facility MIOSHA Safety Committee

Maintained MSDS library

Presented shipping procedures to fellow employees

MagnaSteyr, Troy, MI February 2008-Dec 2008 NAFTA third party logistics (3PL) administrator for GAZ Automotive

Supply Chain Manager

Established transportation network for over 350 NAFTA based auto parts suppliers to manufacturing facility in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Used clients ERP and MRP systems to determine most cost effective transportation mode that result in 100% on time pick up and delivery in Russia

Managed transportation carriers for LTL and direct ocean shipments. Negotiated tariffs for these shipments

Maintained on time delivery of materials to GAZ for all shipments

Managed Demand Planning to meet manufacturing requirements for transportation needs

Managed carrier and cross-dock operations for LTL shipments. Negotiated tariffs and established processes and reporting metrics for cross-dock operations

Developed and managed processes for international air freight shipments

Managed premium freight movement and costs in a start-up operation

Established shipping processes including U.S. and Canadian Customs paperwork and educated suppliers on these processes

Trained supplier on proper loading methods for sea containers

In coordination with the freight forwarder, identified and resolved issues that occurred in the A.E.S. filing process with U.S. customs

Managed supplier’s release quantities and coordinated with GAZ Production Control

Verified supplier shipments and monitored inventory levels of parts for GAZ Production Control

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Swift Transportation February 2007-February 2008

Driver Manager

Manage a fleet of 55 trucks and drivers

Tracked each driver\truck performance against established performance goals

99.7 % on time delivery for all deliveries assigned to fleet

Established new performance standards and goals and evaluated drivers

Reviewed profitability of each unit

Ensured maintenance was performed at established intervals

Verified each unit was operating as a successful profit center

Relayed issues that would cause pre-established times not to be met

Resolved driver safety and payroll issues

DaimlerChrysler-Warren Truck, Warren, MI July 2005-Febuary 2006

Material Control\Follow-Up Supervisor,

Supervised timely delivery of all inbound material to the assembly plant and\or off site locations

Managed a working group of fifteen UAW hourly workers and eight Salaried Bargaining Unit workers

Supervised the on time delivery of raw material to the assembly line

Maintained the most efficient plant inventory levels for production material

Work with problem MRP suppliers to correct behind schedule issues using internal ERP systems

Reduced premium freight transportation costs $65,000 by establishing new processes

Managed critically behind schedule suppliers

Innovative Logistics Group, Taylor, MI September 2004-July 2005

Sr. Logistics Engineer

Design and implement cost effective transportation routes for five General Motors Assembly Plants.

Demand Planning

Determine most cost effective transportation method

Maintain parts\packaging database for GM Plants

Select, maintain, evaluate carrier base

Negotiate rates and rate changes

FedEx Supply Chain Services, Centerline, MI January 1993 – July 2004

On site Logistics Analyst for Chrysler Corp./Mopar Division.

Responsible for developing and maintaining inbound transportation processes

Reduced transit time and cost by $500,000/year by establishing Lean Distribution material process flow

Instrumental in implementing Freight forwarding and backorder releasing system

Problem resolution for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transmissions including weekly releases and Supplier Delivery Schedules, premium transportation cost

Provide training for Chrysler’s Supply Partner Information Network (SPIN), Supplier Material Requirements Tracking System (SMART)

FedEx Supply Chain Services ISO 9002 Internal Auditor

Work with suppliers on ASN issues so they could receive payment through Covisent

Created and delivered presentations outlining Mopar processes to Suppliers


Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University

Major: Materials Logistics Management. Purchasing.

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