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Commodity Manager

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
September 13, 2018

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Indianapolis, IN 46235 920-***-****

N icolas Guy Stafford_ Work Experience

Allison Transmission– automotive/industrial tier 1 manufacturer Sr. Strategic Commodity Manager Apr 2018 - Aug 2018

● Develop and execute purchasing strategy for machined Aluminum and Iron castings

● Negotiate contracts to ensure supplier capacity in support of multiple plants

● Manage supplier change requests with cross-functional product teams

● Prepare and present sourcing recommendations for all new business awards BorgWarner – automotive tier 1 manufacturer

Advanced Launch Manager Sep 2015 - Mar 2018

● Successfully launched 3 new programs on time and under budget

● Consistently delivered cost savings in excess of targets ($712k in 2016, $523k in 2017)

● Led supply chain activities for all new product development

● Source new business in alignment with global strategies while achieving 5% business incentives and year over year cost reductions

● Coordinate eAPQP tracking between supply base and Supplier Quality & Development organization

● Developed sourcing strategy for all plastic injection molded components in conjunction with global team Oshkosh Defense –military/commercial vehicle manufacturing Commodity Manager Nov 2013-Apr 2015

● Develop and implement sourcing strategy to optimize cost, delivery, quality and program management for purchased metal fabrications, sheet & plate metal spend of $300MM. Consistently exceeded savings targets by delivering 5% year over year cost reductions despite declining volumes.

● Increased effectiveness and efficiency of Oracle market tests by identifying subcategories of metal fabrication to align purchased part content with supplier manufacturing capabilities (laser/plasma cutting, press brake forming, welding, and machining).

● Enhanced supplier relationships and performance through business reviews and performance monitoring. Openly communicated target metrics for PPM (250) and On Time Delivery (100%), and provided templates and training for continuous improvement tools such as 8D and PDCA.

● Using adequate competition, should cost estimates, and cost breakdowns, performed cost & price analysis to ensure fair and reasonable pricing in compliance with the FAR.

● Led and developed a team of 3 buyers to support strategic purchasing goals. Dorel Juvenile Group – child car seats manufacturing Commodities Buyer Nov 2011-Nov 2013

● Strategic sourcing lead for new product development teams that included representatives from engineering, marketing, and project management. NPD pipeline consisted of 5 to 7 projects any given time with an average schedule of 12 months each.

● Identify and qualify new technologies & materials to minimize cost. Found and on boarded supplier of proprietary molded foam alternative for $327K annual savings (12% of total commodity spend).

● Negotiated 3 year contract for VMI fasteners & hardware, securing $145K annual savings (19% of total commodity spend).

● Developed Landed Cost calculator to ensure the best source based on container counts by both size and weight, and cost and lead time of standard shipping lanes.

● Obtained status as Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to assist in car seat installation with consumers and increase depth of product understanding.

● Utilized JD Edwards Oracle software to plan and manage inventory levels, support delivery schedules, identify and eliminate slow moving or obsolete SKU’s. Summit Polymers – tier 1 automotive injection molding/assembly Lean Manufacturing Engineer Nov 2010-Oct 2011

● Designed assembly cell layouts to maximize efficiency and safety through elimination of wasted motion, optimized part presentation to operators, and ergonomics.

● Determined packaging and store sizes for work in process stock to minimize inventory of plastic injection molded components en route to paint booths and assembly lines.

● Created material handling utility routes to enable 1 for 1 production with kanban visuals. Toyota Production System methods utilized to ensure that only the needed material was presented to the assembly line at any given time.

● Trained all new employees on Toyota Production System based lean manufacturing methods to ensure support and enthusiasm from operators.

Whirlpool Corporation – consumer products manufacturing Project Analyst, Supplier Lean Mfg. Feb 2009-Jul 2009

● Consulted with suppliers to implement Toyota Production System lean manufacturing techniques for light assembly. Presented philosophy and anticipated benefits to supplier leadership to ensure buy in at the highest level.

● Performed detailed observations of assembly work to identify and eliminate wasted motion and time. Worked with operators to develop and optimize standard work instructions and part presentation. Designed and built assembly cell racking systems to enable material flow and ergonomic presentation.

● Reduced labor and improved quality on Whirlpool components quantified and communicated to purchasing colleagues for negotiation.

Associate Buyer – Fabric Care Aug 2007-Feb 2009

● Utilize negotiation skills to reduce cost and achieve productivity from suppliers of metal components and hardware. Evaluated and implemented cost reduction initiatives to secure 3.5% cost reductions despite major spike in steel pricing.

● Led cross functional teams across multiple facilities to champion cost/quality projects by consolidating like parts and materials.

● Used JDE and SAP to manage supply issues and expedites to assure continuity of supply to two manufacturing facilities.

Internship Experience

Dana Corporation, Operations Co-Op Aug 2006-Jan 2007 Whirlpool Corporation, Procurement Sourcing Specialist May 2006-Aug 2006 Eaton Corporation, Scheduler Co-Op Sep 2005-Jan 2006 Pfizer Global Mfg., Supply Specialist Mar 2005-Sep 2005 Education

Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business & Lee Honors College BBA with major in Integrated Supply Management Major GPA 3.4

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