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Materials Manager, Supply Chain, Inventory, Purchasing, Procurement

Fremont, California, United States
September 17, 2018

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Winston Thant, MS Global Supply Chain Management, MBA, CPIM

Fremont, CA 94538

Phone: 510-***-**** Email:


**** – Present Serta Simmons Bedding, San Leandro, CA

Materials Manager (reason for leaving: plant closure)

Directed supply chain activities for the world’s largest bedding manufacturer

Created lean procurement and expediting system with appropriate safety stock levels

Increased inventory turns

Reduced inbound freight cost

Led MRB Team

Oversaw all warehouse activities including cycle counts, achieving 99% inventory accuracy

Controlled excess and obsolete materials

Managed scheduling and production control

Headed Lean and Green program for the San Leandro site, reducing scrap rate

Co-developed 6S program

2016 – 2017 Compass Manufacturing Services, Fremont, CA

Warehouse Manager (reason for leaving: left prior to second round of layoff’s)

Managed materials for make-to and engineer-to order electronics contract manufacturer

Directed inventory control, warehousing, shipping, and receiving functions

Set up and fulfilled production schedules

Set up metrics and dashboards including OTD, inventory accuracy, customer rejects

Established departmental budget, analyzed standard versus actual costs

2013 – 2016 Illumina Inc., Hayward, CA

Manager, Warehouse and Logistics (reason for leaving: company planned to outsource warehousing to 3PL)

Managed global logistics functions in a medical device industry

Oversaw 30 direct and indirect reports in shipping, receiving, warehousing, inventory control, reverse logistics process (RMA), and materials review board (MRB)

Selected, approved and monitored freight forwarders globally

Co-developed 5S program; participated in various cross-functional Kaizen events

Consistently achieved 99.5% inventory accuracy

Directed scheduling for manufacturing, expediting of part shortages

Actively participated in SAP integration and Global Business Plan (GBP)

Member of Out of Box Quality Team

2010 – 2013 RKI Instruments, Union City, CA

Materials Manager (reason for leaving: more exciting opportunity at Illumina)

Managed all aspects of materials / supply chain (purchasing, negotiating, expediting, outsourcing, inventory control, scheduling via MRP, warehousing, shipping, receiving and other logistic functions) and quality assurance in gas detection equipment industry

Created forecast and production/capacity planning

Qualified to AVL and built partnership with domestic and international vendors and CM’s

Enhanced ERP system, created reports to enhance materials transparency

Administered reverse logistics process (RMA) and materials review board (MRB)

Monitored daily cycle counts via ABC inventory classification; achieved 99% accuracy

Set up and periodically updated min-max values and economic order quantities

Performed internal and external quality audits, Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)

Supervised facilities functions

Introduced Google Docs to confine communication channels to a single source

2008 – 2010 CV Therapeutics (acquired by Gilead Sciences), Palo Alto, CA.

Materials Manager (reason for leaving: position eliminated upon acquisition)

Managed ordering, receiving, and inventory maintenance of starting materials in biochemical / pharmaceutical industry

Performed physical inventory and arranged for disposal of expired chemicals

Performed planning to ensure materials were available in right quantities

Procured lab ware and equipment; maintained preventative maintenance programs

Oversaw shipping and receiving activities domestically and internationally

Participated in Environmental, Health and Safety activities as an ERT member

2004 – 2008 CPI International, Santa Rosa, CA

Laboratory Manager (reason for leaving: closer, more exciting opportunity at CV Therapeutics)

Managed chemical, microbiological, and scientific consumables operations, including the inorganic standards laboratory

Responsible for two major Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers’ projects

Scheduled production of chemical standards

Used MRP to plan procurement of raw materials

Reviewed analysis results for product release

Applied lean manufacturing and Kanban concepts to sustain appropriate inventory levels

Coached, motivated, empowered personnel and led team-building activities

Maintained ISO 9001:2000 certification; attained ISO 17025: 2005 compliance

Handled customer complaints and suggestions

2001 – 2004 Shape Products, Oakland, CA

Quality Control Officer (reason for leaving: recruited by Shape Products’ customer, CPI)

Brought company into compliance with ISO 9001: 2000 from scratch in chemical manufacturing industry

Developed the Quality Manual, SOPs, and associated documents

Created and reviewed Customer Satisfaction Surveys, resolved customer complaints

Established training, calibration, preventive maintenance, and CAPA programs

Created or revised over 1000 material safety data sheets

Used Statistical Process Control(SPC) techniques, control charts to improve process quality

Performed internal and supplier audits, conducted management review meetings


Familiar with cGMP/ FDA/ ISO 13485 environment; expert in ISO 9001

Hands on experience in 5S, 6S, lean manufacturing, kaizen, six sigma tools, project management, presentations

Advanced computer skills: Advance Microsoft Word, Advance Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, LIMS, File Maker Pro, Visual Basic, JavaScript, HTML, Flash Animations, SFDC, EtQ, ChemDraw, Mac platform, Agile, PLM, Lotus Notes

ERP/MRP systems: SAP, Oracle, JDE, Microsoft Great Plains Dynamics, Qube, Epicor, OHM

International and dangerous goods transportation – ICAO, IATA and DOT certifications


Masters of Science, Global Supply Chain Management, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Masters of Business Administration, California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA

Bachelor of Science, Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

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