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Materials Specialist (Inventory, Shipping/Receiving, and Planning)

Cadiz, Kentucky, United States
April 24, 2019

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John Crawford


To become a team member dedicated to meeting customer ship dates by scheduling production resources in a way that reduces set up(s) when possible, and supporting manufacturing in their efforts to maximize productivity through the efficient scheduling of the plant resources. To use my knowledge/skills in area(s) such as: shipping, receiving, material handling, planning, and supervision of planning (master scheduler) that I have learned through experience and education to positively impact the tactical plans of your organization. In turn, serving as a catalyst to the strategic goals of the organization.

Employment History

2017-Present Superior Graphite Hopkinsville, KY

Senior Production Planner

Started in a position new to Superior Graphite as the company worked to implement a global ERP system that would integrate all of the Superior Graphite locations across the globe. Responsibilities include releasing shop orders and scheduling all production areas of Superior Graphite. This position also requires attention to variances in shop order projected costs vs. actual costs of production. Part of the team that helped transition from a make to order environment to a make to forecast environment.

2015-2017 Concentric Storage Systems Nashville, TN

Operations Manager

Accepted position with a newly-acquired start-up company that relocated from Georgia in April of 2015. In charge of establishing material flow practices/procedures. Worked to transition the entire warehouse from one that was basically unloaded off of a trailer, and put on the floor to a warehouse layout where each material location best supported the efficient flow of material. Responsible for entire scope of manufacturing, shipping, receiving, and material handling. Responsible for the daily scheduling of manpower in order to meet the customer deadlines.

2012 – 2015 Yates Services Smyrna, TN

Analyst I -IIII

Worked as Shipping/Receiving Analyst in the Smyrna Logistics Center (SLC) inside of the Nissan Smyrna, TN, Vehicle Assembly Plant. This position was responsible for the receiving of inbound loads, processing outbound loads to suppliers/sister plants, and receiving the components into inventory. Once received, the loads were directed to the appropriate dock or drop location.

2006-2012 Quality Industries LaVergne, TN

Production Control Supervisor

Awarded position as supervisor to all of the planners within the company. In order to successfully fill this position, it was imperative to learn to plan all areas of the company. This position also includes the duties of entering business forecasts, maintaining the MRP system, monitoring the inventory levels of parts going obsolete, and developing work schedules based on the assembly line requirements of the customer. Maintaining optimal staffing levels and required overtime schedules are also required in this position. We maintained a 98% on-time delivery schedule to the largest customers we had, while integrating new projects aimed at expanding into multiple industries.

2002-2006 Quality Industries LaVergne, TN


Responsibilities in this position consisted of scheduling the workload of certain departments by prioritizing and maintaining the flow of material through the shop, while meeting customer delivery requirements. During this time, the transition was made to more advanced, automated equipment, production cells, and the introduction of a second powder coat paint line.

2000-2002 Quality Industries LaVergne, TN


Appointed to a supervisory position in order to establish a fully functional third shift-shipping department. Responsibilities have included staffing inventory control positions as well as training, overseeing and maintaining the shipping personnel functions in a Just-in-Time logistics environment, along with the supervision of material handling personnel.

1998-2000 Quality Industries LaVergne, TN

Assistant Materials Supervisor

Assigned to a secondary manufacturing facility as an Assistant Materials Supervisor. Duties included, the supervision of the shipping, receiving, and material handling functions of the facility. During this time, also executed the operations of this facility and made the transition to a new facility that was located closer to the primary facility


-Reduced value of on hand finished goods inventory by $1.75 million dollars by modifying the forecast dates, quantities, and order policies within the MRP system.

-Drove the reduction of production set-up (indirect hours) by 32% by partnering with manufacturing personnel to run jobs that required the same tooling in a specified order, rather than scheduling based only off of internal/external due dates.

-Consistently maintained 98% on–time deliveries to the customer base.

-Balanced the overall workload/required man-hours of the shop by adjusting lot sizes, cycle times, lead times, and minimum on-hand quantities to more accurately reflect the tendencies of the customers.

-Helped establish and implement procedures for line sequencing to our largest customer for groups of parts and certain assemblies that were scheduled according to build dates and sequence numbers for the customer’s production line.

-Became proficient in the scheduling of all of the areas within the company. While each department had the same goals, each one presented different methods for scheduling efficiently. Examples of the type(s) of departments are: Soft Tool (NC punches, 4 5000 Watt lasers, 19 hydraulic press brakes, Hard Tool (12 different types of stamping presses), 2 powder coat paint lines, and 1 liquid paint line, 4 assembly areas, and a weld department.


Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Aquinas College,Nashville, TN

Graduated 2003

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