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Milford Mill, MD
March 26, 2019

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Jodelle M Pluto - McLouth Supply Chain Professional 248-***-**** White Lake, MI 48386

Accomplished, dedicated professional with demonstrated success in commodity management, supply chain, budgeting, procurement and purchasing, negotiations, and customer satisfaction within diverse sectors and markets. Expertise lies in resource planning, vendor management, business process improvements, and strategic planning. Able to develop and implement business strategies to meet the organizational goals and objectives of the company. Flexible and adaptable with exceptional interpersonal and communication abilities to foster change and incorporate innovation and implement strategies throughout all levels of the organization.


Customer Success

Process Improvements

Vendor Management

Training and Development

Commodity Management

Global Strategies

Forecasting and Budgeting

Resource Planning

Contract Negotiations


GENERAL MOTORS, Warren, MI 2015 – 2019

Global Commodity Manager – Chassis and Powertrain

Lead sourcing and cost reductions strategies for global automotive parts for mounts, spring steel, shifters, cables and fasteners with annual purchase between $300 - $800 million.

Managed 7 - 20 global direct and indirect buyers and collaborated with global procurement, quality and engineering leads to achieved 2 – 5 % savings through supplier compression, design optimizations and supplier negotiations, with some multi-year agreements.

Given added responsibility compared to other managers that only had one or two commodities.

Exceeded previous year’s budget by 50% in mounts and 300% in fasteners.

Identified further savings opportunities of $2M - $5M through supplier compression strategy that would reduce supply base by 40%.

Drove better supplier strategy and relationships by collaborating with suppliers for improved operational excellence on Strategic Supplier Scorecard KPIs, resulting in more suppliers in ‘Prime” category.

Achieved second highest supplier feedback rating within GM for annual Planning Perspectives Inc. Automotive OEM Customer Ranking Survey.

Restructured group to better utilize team’s skill set and experience including adding two globally to manage commodities with suppliers mostly located in China.

Created sourcing tracking timeline and change log to better align team with sourcing and cost metrics.

Created HR department goals evaluation template.

Managed chassis department Workplace of Choice team, which organized team fundraising, social and volunteer events like Wigs for Kids, Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest and Cody Rouge.

ZF, Northville, MI 2014 – 2015

Purchasing and Supplier Quality Senior Manager - Electronics / Shifters

Lead sourcing and cost reductions strategies and responsible for internal budget for regional automotive and non-automotive electrical components with an annual purchase of $100 million.

Managed 5 direct buyers and collaborated with quality, program management, engineering and supply chain to source and exceed 2% cost savings target by 200%, through design optimization and supplier negotiations.

Managed 4 Supplier Quality Engineers responsible for APQP and continuous improvement.

Restructured all purchasing functions for specific commodity responsibility vs program.

Created master tracking BOM for all existing and new programs to drive discipline and structure.

Developed tracking list for all KPI’s related to supplier documents and audits.

Restructured quality team to focus on supplier development and advanced quality vs. mostly customer facing quality.

Established monthly tracking report for supplier performance for quality team.

FAURECIA SEATING, LLC, Troy, MI 2012 – 2014

Program Purchasing Manager

Lead sourcing and cost reductions strategies for global automotive seating components with an annual purchase of $300 million for all German OEM’s.

Managed 7 direct and indirect buyers and collaborated with commodity purchasing to meet a 2% cost savings target through supplier negotiations, process and design optimization.

Collaborated with commodity team to develop global sourcing strategy.

Optimized internal process for supplier charge backs due to cost related for quality issues.

Part of process improvement team for engineering change management.

Responsible for developing and conducting training sessions for short cuts and key functions when using SAP.

ROBERT BOSCH – Farmington Hills, MI 2011 – 2012

Senior Steel Buyer

Responsible for managing overall steel program for all of company within the three divisions.

Conducted research on future condition of rare earth materials mining in the US due to increasing China control of supply.

TOYOTA BOSHOKU, Erlanger, KY 2009 – 2011

Purchasing Program Manager and Commodity Manager

Lead sourcing and cost reductions strategies for regional automotive fasteners and stampings for internal seat and interior trim assemblies with and annual purchase of $260 million and coordinated commercial activities supporting on-time new model launches.

Managed 3 - 5 buyers and Procurement Specialists and collaborated with quality, sales and engineering to exceed cost savings target by 25%.

Developed standardized processes within recently centralized Purchasing function.

Lead cross functional team to establish standardized elements for supplier sourcing packages.

Developed global sourcing strategy and localized supply base.

Optimized internal communication process between Sales and Purchasing departments to ensure supplier target pricing alignment to overall TBA profit plan.

CHRYSLER, LLC, Auburn Hills, MI 1997 – 2008

Purchasing Program Manager and Commodity Manager, 2006 - 2008

Lead sourcing and cost reductions strategies for automotive fasteners and stampings with an annual purchase of $300 million. Coordinated commercial activities supporting on-time new model launches.

Managed 4 buyers and collaborated with quality and engineering to exceed cost savings target by 100% through low cost country sourcing, design improvements, strategic supplier multi-year cost reduction agreements, and part commonization.

Coordinated engineering sourcing packages and commercial issue resolution for 2011 Dodge Ram Hybrid and Diesel Truck programs to support on-time new model launches.

Compiled weekly Purchasing metrics and identified sourcing roadblocks.

Developed sourcing strategy which, didn’t exist previously for fasteners, and managed resourcing activities for high risk suppliers.

Supported 5% diversity goal by sourcing $15 million in sales to minority owned business.

Led internal cross functional team to streamline change management process to avoid supplier payment delays and costly disruptions to future program timing.

Senior Commodity Buyer - Interior / Exterior, 2002 – 2006

Managed all commercial aspects associated with $500 million annual purchase of instrument panels, consoles, hard trim assemblies, front end modules, fascias and grilles.

Achieved 2% cost savings target through negotiated supplier price reductions, part commonization and design improvement initiatives.

Managed day-to-day activities associated with high impact supplier’s bankruptcy to avoid any significant supply disruptions at Chrysler assembly plants. Required daily follow-up with Finance and Legal departments, third party consultants and Purchasing management to identify and clear any roadblocks that would have prevented timely supplier payments.

Represented department at global purchasing conferences with Daimler counterparts, developed sourcing strategy and reported out to executive management.

Developed standardized cost breakdown template for RFQ packages, which subsequently became department business best practice.

Supplier Quality Specialist, 2000 – 2002

Managed 34 bulk and component sealing suppliers, monitored performance metrics, identified any negative quality or delivery trends and ensured appropriate supply recovery actions.

Lead Advanced Product Quality Planning process with medium and high-risk suppliers towards seamless new model launches. Completion of on-time deliverables included process flow diagrams, FMEAs, control plans, GD&T, measurement system reliability and reproducibility and all other APQP requirements leading to process sign-off.

Materials Development Engineer (TAC Automotive, contract at Chrysler), 1997 – 2000

Managed all corrosion, paint, sealing and adhesives testing activities within the Body Engineering Material Corrosion and Scientific Labs.

Provided materials technical support to Product Engineering for design and testing improvements


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Akron University


Dale Carnegie Graduate, Negotiating Edge, Project Management, SAP, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving Workshop, DMEA & FMEA, Error and Mistake Proofing, Capability Analysis, GD&T, Control Plan Development, Statistical Process Control.


Previous coach of various school and club volleyball teams – Troy H.S., Lasher H.S., Michigan Elite and Oxford Heat.

Interests include competitive softball, touch football, volleyball, boating and personal fitness.

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