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Purchasing and Supervisor

Middleville, MI, 49333
October 09, 2019

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Barbara Foster

Middleville, MI., *****


A team player in the manufacturing environment with over 20 years’ experience working

in various production /manufacturing positions including 15 years’ Supply Chain.

I seek to acquire a position where I can utilize my experience and where I want to be

in my career.

I have a diverse amount of work skills accumulated through excellent organizational

and practical work experience. I have worked in both union and non-union facilities.

Work Experience

Hastings Manufacturing - Hastings, MI.

Production Supervisor

April 2018 to August 2019

• Move employees to maximize production in the work cells.

• Cross train employees.

• Monitor employees hours in ADP payroll system.

• Ensure employees are producing quality products.

• Discipline employees as needed.

• Fill in for other supervisors as needed.

• Update KPI boards.

• Conduct weekly meetings.

• Start up the machines in the beginning of the week.

• Implement 5-S principles.

• Worked on lean Manufacturing principles.


Area Manager

September 2016 to July 2017

• Responsible for up to 40 employees.

• Held weekly meetings to ensure quality products are being assembled.

• Met with each Supervisor in each department from both facilities on a daily


• Communicated production needs, quality, and downtime.

• Inputted employee hours into ADP system.

• Moved employees in work cells in order to maximize production.

• Maintained waived overtime report.

• Updated KPI boards.

• Coached, trained, and conducted employee reviews.

• Motivated employees which resulted in a 15% increase in production.

• Ensured flow of material through out facilities.

• Ensured shipments were picked up.

• Excellent relations with Union Representatives.

• Conducted weekly meetings. By doing this, I was able to build a strong team with

open communication and reduced quality problems.

• Assisted with implementing 5-S in the work cells which reduced excess inventory,

and provided a safe clean working environment.

Roskam Baking Company - Kentwood, MI.

Supply Chain Coordinator

May 2009 to August 2014

• Tracked,traced,and expedited materials to ensure on time deliveries.

• Input data into excel spreadsheet.

• Created Purchase Orders.

• Ordered raw ingredients for Stacy’s and Smart Food products.

• Ordered all the pallets for the buyers.

• Responsible for disposition of obsolete materials and RMA's.

• Kept Bill of Materials updated.

• Responsible for the disposition of obsolete materials.

• Minimized overstock and obsolete materials. By implementing this, I was able to

find a disposition for over $100,000 in obsolete materials.

• I was not provided a forecast. I analyzed the patterns of the customers needs to

ensure product arrived on time.

• By utilizing and analyzing reports, I was able to uncover a major inventory

discrepancy with Stacy’s pallets. This resulted in the other Buyers’ customers to

reimburse Stacy’s for all the pallets that were used.

Polly products - Mulliken, MI.

Production Control Manager

June 2005 to January 2009

• Trained and conducted written reviews on employees.

• Interviewed potential employees.

• Set up contracts with outside carriers for the company.

• Scheduled and updated incoming Sales Orders for production using Peachtree


• Created schedules for the Molding and Fabrication Departments.

• Purchased plastic boards from outside vendor.

• Set up contracts with outside carriers for the company.

• Responsible for the flow of materials throughout the facility to ensure shipments

were shipped on time.

• Created structured color runs for the Molding Department. By doing this, excess

inventory was eliminated.

• Worked with the Engineers in the Fabrication Department in reorganizing the work

cells to create a better flow. By implementing this, the bottlenecks were eliminated.

• Unloaded and loaded trucks.

• Online shipping using UPS and FedEx shipments.

• Ensured shipments were scheduled and shipped on a daily basis.

• Generated freight quotes for customers.

• Scheduled trucks for incoming and outgoing freight.

• Purchased and inventoried items in the crib.

• Implemented 5-S in the warehouse and set min/max quantities, which made it more

efficient to pull the orders and count inventory.

• Worked as a team to utilize aged boards that were stored outside. By doing so, we

reduced excess inventory by 80%.

Meridian Automotive - Kentwood, MI.

Shipping Clerk/Backup Production Control

October 1990 to August 2004

• Worked in Plant #5 following merger with Lescoa in 2001.

• Data entry on AS400 MRP system.

• Maintained customer relations with communication updates on shipments.

• Created Bill of Ladings and submitted bills through AS400 system.

• Responsible for scheduling incoming and outgoing freight.

• Tracked inventory shipments and responsible for the inventory in the warehouse.

• Operated Hi-lo forklift. loaded and unloaded trucks.

• Maintained Inventory Control backup on second shift.

• Utilized professional phone etiquette dealing with customer service.

• Created instruction manual on how to perform the Shipping Clerk duties using

power point. This enables anyone to understand and perform the job and was then

implemented within each plant.

• Assistant Supervisor transferred to Plant #5 Shipping Clerk - Backup Production


• Worked in various capacities: Machine Operator/ Assembly Operator, Relief

Operator, Hi-Lo Driver, Crib Attendant, Mold Die Setter, and Assistant Supervisor in the

Molding Department. Transferred to Assistant Supervisor in Shipping and Receiving.

• Responsible for up to 26 employees.

• SPC quality and inventory.

• Utilized good management skills to organize and coordinate production.

• Attended group leadership courses which, included: personnel management, employee

motivation, and conflict resolution.


1. Samantha S.– HR

800-***-**** – Hastings MFG.

2. John Belles - Supervisor

269-***-**** - Hastings MFG.

3. Chris Atkinson - Union Steward.

616-***-**** – American Seating

4. Geoffrey Beoutelier - Stacy’s Liason

616-***-**** - Roskam Baking Co.

5. Lonnie Wagner - Plant Manager

616-***-**** - Roskam Baking Co.

6. Kevin Dingle - Owner

517-***-**** - Polly Products


Supplier of the Year Award

June 2001I assisted as a group member on receiving the Supplier of the Year Award from

Stacey’s by ensuring materials arrived on time.

Leadership Courses

• Attended leadership courses and received certifications for completing the


• Certified in First Aid.

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