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Operations, Supply Chain and Engineering Executive

Bellingham, WA
October 22, 2018

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John Larkin

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A team builder with over 25 years of international operations, supply chain and engineering management experience in the high tech industry. Proven track record of improving quality and reducing inventory, cycle time and cost through the application of six sigma and lean techniques. Can look at processes holistically to drive improvements across the business. In-depth experience with business, planning and execution processes including ERP, MRP, financial and shop floor control systems.

Expertise includes:

- Lean and Six Sigma

- ERP, MRP and financial systems

- Statistical techniques

- Planning and forecasting

- Supplier management

- Program management

- New product introductions

- Team building and effectiveness

- Negotiations and contracts

- Cross functional team leadership

- Supply chain optimization

- Inventory control and reduction

- Quality improvement

- ISO certifications and FDA regulations


Director of Operations

POS-X a Custom company

Bellingham, WA

Sep 2018 – Present

This was a change of title only when the Italian company Custom S.p.A. bought a majority interest in POS-X LLC. Responsibilities remained the same.

President and COO


Bellingham, WA

Jul 2016 – Sep 2018

After working with this company for a couple of years, I was asked to take over the finance, HR and customer support functions. Established the accounting processes for HAAS and monthly billing contracts.

VP of Operations


Bellingham, WA

Jan 2014 - Jun 2016

Managed and improved the entire operations including supply chain, configure to order and repair depot. Implemented MRP improvements for product planning and Kanban process for repair parts. Created a LEAN culture of continuous improvement. Created several very powerful spreadsheets for sales, quality and financial analysis.

Director of Supply Chain Development

Physio-Control, Inc.

Redmond, WA

Jul 2010 - Oct 2013

Responsible for articulating Physio’s supply chain strategy and ensuring all new OEM, ODM and CM products are designed and set up within the preferred framework. Responsible for driving make vs. buy analyses and decisions. Implemented drop ship process to deliver configured product directly from a supplier to customers. Implemented reverse logistics processes to have suppliers perform repairs.

Director of Operations Engineering

Physio-Control, Inc.

Redmond, WA

Jan 2008 - Jul 2010

Responsible for all manufacturing and test engineering for an FDA class 3 medical device company. As the Quality System owner for Production and Process Controls, I successfully led the team through multi-week FDA inspections under a consent decree to get the FDA’s approval to resume unrestricted shipments.

Management Consultant

Wimmer Solutions

Redmond, WA

Jul 2007 - Jan 2008

Worked as a consultant for Microsoft’s IT department in Redmond. Developed a process to allocate development resources to projects based on their skill sets. Implemented tools in SharePoint to enter resource availability and skills and to enter project resource requirements. Linked the SharePoint data to Excel to automatically generate management reports.

Director of Program Management

Intermec Technologies

Everett, WA

Apr 2006 - Jul 2007

Managed a group of 20+ program managers responsible for all new product introduction programs across Intermec’s hardware portfolios (hand-held computers, bar code scanners, RFID and printers) and software portfolio.

Implemented a roadmap planning process to prioritize programs based on ROI and strategic value.

VP Demand Management

Amkor Technology, Inc.

Chandler, AZ

Aug 2004 - Apr 2006

From the corporate office, work with customers to align their forecasting, planning and execution processes with Amkor’s, assisting them with supply chain improvements. Customers include Philips in Europe, Maxim, Analog and Korean customers. Manage a small team performing capacity planning and demand management for Amkor’s IC assembly and test operations in Taiwan and the newly acquired wafer bump facilities in Taiwan and North Carolina.

During this time, asked by the company’s president to provide program management oversight for the major capacity ramp to produce the processor chip for the new X-Box. Also developed the turn-key business process template for our sales team to engage IBM/Microsoft and other customers in multi-site flows.

VP Procurement and Logistics

Amkor Technology Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Sep 2002 - Aug 2004

I managed the procurement and logistics for a 10,000 employee multi-site manufacturing operation in the Philippines with an annual spend of over $300 million. Within two years we reduced materials shortages by 80% while reducing days of inventory by 40%, and almost eliminated materials reserve charges. We obtained year over year materials costs reductions despite tightening supply and increased commodity materials prices. We achieved >99.99% inventory accuracy and we implemented ship-to-line programs which allowed us to support a threefold increase in volume while decreasing our storage space.

VP Manufacturing

World Wide Packets

Spokane, WA

Oct 2000 - Aug 2002

Joined this fiber-optic network equipment startup in the fall of 2000; at that time, they had designed their first product and had some prototypes built at a local contract manufacturer. Within the first few months after joining, established their forecasting and materials positioning processes and built a small diverse team responsible for program management, purchasing, inventory management and product engineering. In order to launch products and position for major growth, sought out and found a global contract manufacturer with US operations, and then negotiated and signed a contract to pilot and produce products at a major electronic manufacturing services facility in Dallas. Leveraging their global spend, we were able to achieve about a 15% cost reduction immediately.

Houston Site Product Engineering Manager

Compaq Computer

Houston, TX

Jan 1998 - Oct 2000

Led a team of 40 engineers supporting the 24x7 operations of the factories at Compaq’s Houston campus. Responsible for resolving all materials and process issues affecting first pass yield and outgoing quality for the thousands of servers and desktops produced each day.

ODM Manager, Enterprise Manufacturing

Compaq Computer

Houston, TX

Jan 1997 - Jan 1998

Acting as an internal consultant, using SAP ERP and lean principals, I was the focal person within manufacturing to implement the program to deliver servers configured and tested to the customer’s specifications with processor, memory, disk, I/O and software options within 5 days from order entry to receipt at the customer’s door.

Reengineering Manager, Corporate Operations Engineering

Compaq Computer

Houston, TX

Jan 1996 - Jan 1997

Fixed the worldwide Product Hold process to ensure rapid containment of issues within raw materials, WIP and finished goods, I improved processes to ensure that materials were properly consumed from inventory when approved alternates and engineering memos were used in production. Led cross functional teams planning and preparing for Houston Operations’ successful transition from MANMAN to SAP. Drove the implementation of the Manufacturing Readiness process to ensure a smooth transition from engineering to volume manufacturing.

Component Test Engineering Manager

Compaq Computer

Houston, TX

Oct 1994 - Dec 1995

Was responsible for managing a group of 7 engineers and 3 technicians who performed all IC and component qualifications for Compaq’s PCA lines. With three IC testers (digital, mixed signal and memory) and a lab with hot-mock-up systems, would characterize and qualify all major revisions and would trouble- shoot production issues where the components were suspected. Rapidly set about streamlining the processes to reduce the qualification cycle time, and also changed the process for my team to be more proactively involved in analyzing factory failures.

Product Engineering Program Manager

Texas Instruments, Inc.

Stafford, TX

Jun 1993 - Oct 1994

Managed a multi-disciplined team of direct and indirect reports performing: product engineering, test development, statistical yield improvement, reliability qualification, quality assurance, technical specification writing, failure analysis, process development, product marketing and production planning. Used six sigma techniques to limit burn-in to process outliers. Achieved >40% yield improvement by optimizing design and process.

Product Engineering Tools Program Manager

Texas Instruments, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Jun 1989 - Jun 1993

As a member of TI’s Product Engineering Council, I identified opportunities in test program translation, analog test generation and statistical tools for yield analysis. I staffed and managed the development activities for these programs in Dallas, Texas; Bedford, England and Bangalore, India with a total of 30 software engineers. I was named as co-author on four patent applications and a couple of technical papers.

Test Section Manager/TAP Manager

Texas Instruments, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Apr 1987 - Jun 1989

Managed 7 software engineers developing and supporting automatic test generation (ATG) and fault simulation software on workstations and hardware accelerators. Developed and delivered training in design for test (DFT), built in self-test (BIST) and boundary scan (JTAG) concepts, to internal and customer design teams worldwide.

CAD Specialist on DSP Design Team

Texas Instruments, Inc.

Stafford, TX

Jan 1986 - Apr 1987

Provided on-site hands-on support for a design team to use all of the latest software tools on a state-of the art design. Visited TI’s design groups in Japan and Germany to assess their needs for improved tools and to get the appropriate support personnel assigned for training.

Engineering Software Developer

Texas Instruments, Ltd.

Bedford, England

Sep 1983 - Jan 1986

Developed and supported CAD software, initially in Pascal on IBM mainframes but then in C on UNIX workstations.


MBA, Business Administration

Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business

Dallas, TX

Jan 1990 - Dec 1992

BSc Hons, Engineering (Microelectronics)

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Sep 1979 - Jul 1983

Training Programs

- Lean / Six Sigma Champion -

- Managing Value Stream Improvement Projects -

- Leadership and Self Deception -

- Foundations in Leadership: Compaq's executive training program delivered at Babson College -

- IPS's Planning and Managing Projects -

- Senn-Delaney Leadership training -

- JCIT's Demand Flow Technology and Advanced Mixed Model Workshop -

- Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -

- Design for experiments

- 6 sigma process control

- Building effective teams

- Coaching and managing people

- Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) for software development

and many others

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