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Manager Supply Chain

Pennsauken Township, NJ
October 15, 2018

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Thomas Fala

*** ******* ******, ************, ** 19111



I am a Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations manager with 15+ years of experience

managing procurement, logistics, warehouse and manufacturing operations in the plastics

and food industries. I have 10 years of experience with Lean & Continuous experience that

includes leading and facilitating improvement efforts that have led to gains in quality, on

time delivery, flow and staff development.


Lean & Continuous Improvement Supply Chain & Logistics

Workplace Organization (5S) Scheduling

Continuous Flow Warehouse/Distribution



Disc Makers - Pennsauken Township, NJ

● Responsible for scheduling of 5000 custom manufactured jobs per month and all shipping

And logistics functions.

● Negotiate freight contracts with LTL and parcel carriers with an annual spend of $3 million.

● Responsible for maintaining and exceeding a shipping accuracy above 99.5%.

● Able to reduce total freight costs by $100k in 2017 through carrier negotiations, utilizing

Other services of existing carrier base and altering internal policies and processes.

● Negotiated with international carriers to lower rates 20% and improve services that have

Aided in penetration of new markets.

● Reduced overflow outsourcing of manufactured materials by 10% by level loading

demand and improved forecasting.


Disc Makers - Pennsauken Township, NJ

● Managed all aspects of Packaging and Shipping departments with 50-60 full-time staff and

20-40 temp staff over 3 shifts.

● Responsible for budgeting labor dollars for FT and temp staff.

● Responsible for on time delivery and quality of 5000 custom manufactured jobs per month,

and the processing of 9000 shipments per month.

● Led a project with UPS and internal stakeholders and drove changes to develop a system

to automate the shipping and billing process for 5500 shipments per month resulting in the

re-deployment of 5 staff members to other departments.

● Consistently maintained a shipping accuracy above 99.5% and on time delivery above

97% by using lean methodology and tools.

● Automated manual packaging processes by designing industry first equipment to glue

and place trays on product.

● Part of the Lean Champions group responsible for teaching lean principles and tools and

promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

● Facilitated and led 25+ kaizen events resulting in efficiency and quality improvements.

● Facilitated 5S events in areas throughout the organization that have been able to sustain


● Led 5S/Flow event that combined the direct mail and samples processes into the current

shipping department with no increase in labor and providing space needed for

packaging equipment.

● Facilitated and led pull and sequencing events that led to 10% improvement in on time

delivery and decreased WIP storage and handling.

● Led a team that improved the quality of address information in our database resulting in a

50% reduction of address corrections and delays after shipment.

● Instructor for internal Lean workshops and Basics of Supply Chain Mgmt. course.

● Completed Lean Leadership and Train The Trainer workshops.

PURCHASING MANAGER 01/1996 to 01/1999

Disc Makers - Pennsauken Township, NJ

● Responsible for procurement of all raw materials and packaging supplies for optical disc

manufacturing and packaging.

● Responsible for inventory levels and accuracy to support customer demand.

● Led efforts to increase inventory turns from 12 to 18 times per year and maintain a 98%

accuracy level for all items.

● Worked directly with vendors to set and monitor quality levels of raw materials.

MASTER SCHEDULER 08/1988 to 12/1995

Richardson Brands Co - Canajoharie, NY

● Responsible for scheduling all manufacturing and maintaining MRP system, making sure all

raw materials were ordered and delivered on time to meet production schedules.


● National AME conference presenter for a sequenced pull system in job shop environments.

● Reduced waste and improved recycling efforts. Results included consistent revenue of

$135k per year, reduction of waste in landfill stream by 75k lbs per year, and standardizing

manufacturing processes.

● Integral part of 2 ERP system implementations.

● Aided in the movement of 2 facilities from acquisitions.

● CPIM Certification


Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA Bachelor of Science

Commerce & Engineering

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