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Purchasing, Inventory Control, Supply Chain Manager

Schnecksville, PA
December 17, 2019

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James M. Allen

**** ******** **. ****: 267-***-**** Schnecksville, PA 18078

Career Summary

●High-performing Supply Chain Planning professional with a 25-year track record of delivering significant process and profit improvement.

●Team builder who delivers results by establishing a practical vision, and implementing strategic and tactical solutions for positive change.

●Technical ERP/ Computer Software Proficiencies: SAP, Oracle, Demand Works Smoothie - S&OP Software Solutions, Llamasoft Supply Chain Guru, Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, Power Point)

Functional Expertise:

Procurement: Profit & Loss Responsibility > Material Cost Reduction > Long Term

Pricing Agreements > Stocking Agreements > Supplier Performance

Inventory: System settings> Planning> Accuracy > Reduction/Control > Availability

Logistics: National/International >On-Time Delivery > Optimization> Off-Site Storage

Education, Certifications & Training

●B.S. - Business Administration, DeSales University 2003

●APICS – Certified Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) 2016

oSix Sigma Green Belt Trained

Professional Experience

Knoll Inc. East Greenville, PA 2017 - Present

Material Manager - Supplier Finished Goods

●Supervise/ lead six direct reports in the procurement & inventory management of purchased finished goods and components in an ATO environment.

●Manage new and existing suppliers through the on boarding process in Oracle (iSupplier).

●Oversee new project and product launches and ensure security of supply during ramp up.

●Manage/ update monthly forecasts for critical suppliers

Supply Chain Network Manager

●Maintained various databases for the purpose of high level reporting.

●Updated monthly forecasts for suppliers within the Supply Chain.

●Met monthly with Sales & Marketing during S&OP pre-demand and supply reviews for feedback and exchange of business intelligence.

●Tracked/ reported OBOT and vendor delivery performance for report card scorekeeping.


●Promoted to Material Manager in May 2018

Piramal Critical Care Bethlehem, PA 2015 - 2017

Production Planner

●Managed finished goods, raw materials & packaging inventories, generate requisitions for replenishment, and maintain weekly packaging schedules in accordance with customer needs and revenue projections.


Professional Experience (continued)

●Led monthly S&OP meetings, generating monthly sales forecasts and validating numbers for monthly/ quarterly revenue forecasts, and established/ communicated realistic ship dates for all new sales orders.

●Established SOPs for new/ changing processes and managed BOM changes & timing for implementation, and led new product market launches from a regulatory, quality and systemic standpoint.


●Successfully implemented MRP in the SAP operating system in October 2016

●Streamlined the sales order tracking and production scheduling processes.

●Achieved the highest levels of OTIF in the history of the company.

●Drove down levels of slow moving and non-moving inventories and changed the culture with regard to consumption and storage habits.

Avantor Performance Materials Center Valley, PA 2013 - 2015

Senior Production Planner

●Responsibilities included the following:

oProduction scheduling & inventory control for tolled/ custom manufactured products

oProcurement of raw materials, packaging, arrangements for transportation, resolution of discrepant invoices

oVendor tracking, on time delivery (OTD) performance

oChampion customer complaints & corrective action resolution requests

oDaily interaction w/ Customer Service, Product Management & Marketing,

oInitiate MOCs and MRP changes within SAP


●Championed transition project, whereby Owens Illinois (a sole source bottle supplier), opted to no longer furnish bottles and packaging as done historically, but instead agreed to supply only bottles.

●Implemented two brand new 3rd party warehouses, placed all initial purchase orders (P.O.s) to procure new packaging, and coordinated all start up dates to ensure seamless transition and continuity of supply while consuming all obsolete packaging.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.- PMD Allentown, PA 2011 - 2013

Master Production Scheduler for Tolling & Subcontracting

●Responsibilities included:

oProduction scheduling and inventory control for all tolled and custom manufactured products

oManage supplies of constrained raw materials, analyzing/providing raw materials/finished goods forecasts

oInitiate eMOC & BLAZE requests for all new product introductions (NPIs), as well as existing product BOMs, specification & MRP changes within SAP.

Supplier Scheduler

●Responsibilities included:

oProcurement of raw materials and issuing purchase orders driven by MRP

oManage inventories through contracting outside services, resolution of discrepant invoices,

oUpdate work processes, interacting daily w/ Customer Service and tracking vendor on time delivery (OTD) performance.


●Managed/ navigated operating system changes for key supplier account (Dow Corning), serving as system administrator for AP.


Professional Experience (continued)

●Assumed position of Master Production Scheduler for Tolling & Subcontracting in June 2012.

PR Hoffman Machine Products Carlisle, PA 2005 - 2011

Purchasing and Inventory Control Manager

●Responsibilities included:

oProcurement of all raw materials & purchase parts, MRO, vendor performance, inventory auditing, contracting outside services

oControl levels of raw & FG inventories and supervising shipping/ receiving (one direct report)


●Created new standards & procedures for inventory control that proved so successful our auditing firm reduced end-of-year physical inventory to end-of-year cycle counting.

●Increased profit by finding alternative material suppliers that could exceed industry quality standards while decreasing overall material and production costs.

●Slashed logistics costs more than 35% through agreements with new providers and renegotiating discounts with existing carriers.

●Negotiated stocking and consignment agreements with key suppliers to reduce inventory, holding costs and lead-times.

BP/ Castrol Industrial N.A. Warminster, PA 2003 - 2004

Material Planner/ Material Management Group

●Managed all production planning and material availability in multiple blending areas.

●Developed, implemented and maintained a master schedule in Excel.

●Served as inside sales contact and production liaison for customer service, sales representatives and distribution centers throughout the US and Mexico.

●Controlled FG inventory levels & work order release utilizing MRP in JD Edwards One World and AS400.


●Established new scheduling procedures to increase & maintain in-full/on-time delivery from sub-par levels to 90% or better.

●Selected to develop/ manage/ ramp-up blending & distribution for new product line, maintaining 95% on-time delivery.

●Raised expectations & trust from Sales and Customer Service to new levels, bringing organizational recognition to an all time high.

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