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James
byrnsjim@gmail.com
706-671-0704
2036 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Regional Director of Procurement, Southeast
21 years experience W2
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Summary

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE

  • I am seeking a senior level management position in Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing, Procurement or Supply Chain Management that will utilize my extensive experience and abilities.

KEY STRENGTHS

  • Leadership
  • Team Player
  • Motivation
  • Flexibility
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Self-Evaluator
  • Focus on Profit
  • Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Optimism
  • Delegation
  • Organization
  • Lead by Example
  • Dynamic Communicator
  • Strong Negotiator

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

  • A detail-oriented and talented professional with over 20 years of accomplishments leading purchasing, strategic sourcing, commodity management, logistics, inventory control, operations, and project management initiatives for diversified International corporations.
  • Throughout my career, I have been consistently recognized for continual success in developing systems and processes to streamline operations, increase revenues, and enhance profit performance.
  • I possess the keen ability to see the “big picture” while staying up-to-date of business details and tight deadlines.
  • I successfully lead cross functional teams, negotiate contracts, developing long term sourcing and commodity strategies, utilizing e-sourcing tools, managing working capital, total cost analysis, and global sourcing to reduce cost and maximize profits.
  • I am considered a strong strategic planner, problem solver, and persuasive leader. I have excellent team building skills resulting in maximizing team member contribution.
  • I am committed to managing operations and projects flawlessly while consistently delivering desired results and contributing to revenue producing activities.

Experience
Regional Director of Procurement, Southeast
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Jan 2018 - present
  • With over 12,500 employees and 30 manufacturing plant globally, Tarkett is an industry leading commercial and residential floorcovering manufacturer. Tarkett product portfolio includes carpet, standard & luxury vinyl tile, and wallboard.
  • Consistently demonstrated creativity in my approach to drive innovation, along with building relationships with stakeholders, suppliers, and customers resulting in exceptional customer satisfaction.
  • Responsible for negotiating and price setting of critical direct materials to support the North America Soft Surface division. These materials include resins, fiber, PVC and PVB backing, fillers, wet and dry dyes, proprietary chemicals and lubricants, corrugated packaging.
  • Director and overseer of a 1,700 supplier base network to support the Soft Surfaces division of TNA.
  • Developed and optimized a target panel supply chain to minimize complexity and maximize spend control. This included cascading down global and regional sourcing strategies to the South East Regional Operations, collaboration with Procurement peers, monthly purchasing reporting, pricing and payment terms negotiation, defining business allocation per supplier for critical products, utilization of commodity pricing formulas, and agreement negotiations with suppliers.
  • Championed a cross functional team inclusive of R&D and Operations to develop strategic business strategies for raw materials, resulting in sizable cost savings in cost of ownership, operating efficiencies, and SKU rationalization.
  • Lead the North America Soft Surface indirect cost reduction events, surpassing fiscal year budgeted cost reduction goals of $8M.
  • Worked closely with Operations, R&D, and Quality leaders to ensure that all opportunities to trial and qualify raw material substitutions are done in rhythm and compliance of internal testing and approval procedures.
  • Directed procurement special studies related to supply base trends, and competitor trends and strategies (benchmarking).
  • Owner of procurement KPI data Monthly distribution of KPI data to the Vice President of Operations and Executive Steering Committee in support of TNA's annual Business Plan Review and Budget Process.
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Strategic Procurement Manager
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Dec 2015 - Jan 2018
  • Mueller Water Products is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution, and measurement of water. Mueller Company is North America's largest and full-line supplier of potable water distribution products.
  • Recruited, built and currently manage the Mueller Strategic Sourcing Department. This department consists of Strategic Sourcing Program Managers, Sourcing Specialists, Purchasing Managers, Supplier Development Program Managers, and Supplier Development Engineers.
  • Over a 20-month period, my department has achieved over $13.5M of hard cost savings through strategic global sourcing, commodity negotiations, RFP competitive bid events, strategic supplier agreements, Lean manufacturing & making material flow initiatives, supplier consolidation, supply risk mitigation, E-Procurement and cloud based commerce.
  • Continuously analyzing company-wide spending patterns and all associated costs relative to the total cost of ownership to develop sound sourcing strategies.
  • Consistently meeting Mueller Co. business needs by acquiring stakeholder and subject-matter insights and business requirements to ensure best sourcing solutions.
  • Present business cases, should-cost models, and sourcing strategies to executives to ensure alignment with Mueller's core values and principles of operational excellence.
  • Champion category sourcing events to consolidate multi-plant supply chains while achieving link and leverage cost savings.
  • Execute standard operating processes and standard work to plant purchasing staff to support a center-lead procurement platform.
  • Provide management support for technological tools that support the supplier and contract management processes.
  • Networking externally to facilitate competitive intelligence, best practices, emerging/potential sources of competitive advantage, market pricing, and more.
  • Develop implementation and transition plans and supports change management initiatives.
  • Oversee the supplier scorecard performance process using quantitative data, based on cost, quality, financial health, and service level metrics.
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Global Corporate Commodity Manager
Information Technology
Nov 2012 - Dec 2015
  • Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer, and marketer of material handling systems. Key products include hoists, actuators, cranes, forged attachments, and chain.
  • Developed supply chain strategies covering multiple commodities, services and supplier processes throughout a global enterprise to deliver maximum value, leverage, and standardization.
  • Continuously launching global strategic sourcing initiatives to drive cost out of the supply chain.
  • Responsible for writing strategic supplier agreements with critical suppliers to secure best price, improved payment terms, establish lean initiatives, reduce lead time, and mitigate supply risk.
  • Continuous negotiations with suppliers to reach mutual pricing satisfaction using published commodity indices including ferrous and non-ferrous bar, steel tubing, steel plate, motors, castings, stampings, energy, utilities, plastics, lubricants, fluids, timber, paper & pulp.
  • Lead product development commodity strategies in line with corporate initiatives to improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce the total cost of supply chain management.
  • Built detailed cost models to validate commodity strategies and to understand significant cost drivers.
  • Provided leadership in establishing a global supplier base which created a competitive cost advantage, utilizing global market exploitation, leveraging spend, and leveraging of technologies.
  • Provided commodity support to New Program Teams to achieve target costs and establish program cost models.
  • Champion Value Added, Value Engineering (VA/VE) projects with critical suppliers to reduce cost and enhance part quality, integrity and performance.
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Supply Chain Manager
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Aug 2003 - Apr 2011
Chattanooga, TN
  • WNA Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of disposable drinkware, dinnerware, cutlery and custom food packaging within the global injection molding and thermoforming industry.
  • Responsible for the annual procurement of over $80,000,000 of domestic and international raw materials, sub-materials and finished goods. $11,000,000 annually of procurement responsibility with maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) items, equipment, and services.
  • Management of all facets of supply chain functions which include strategic sourcing, supplier qualification, price negotiation, establish contract manufacturing agreements, inventory control, production scheduling, inbound transportation, warehousing and cross dock operations.
  • Established a world-class global supplier base focused on the principles of cost, value added initiatives, quality first standards, supplier performance measurables, risk assessment strategy and localization philosophy.
  • Promoter of continuous improvement objectives within the Supply Chain Department by using Cause Mapping, Root Cause Analysis and 5W, 1H philosophy.
  • Sponsor annual supplier cost reduction campaigns as well as encouraged engineering change and quality deviation projects cost savings recognized from each annual campaign was in excess of $600,000.00.
  • Executed commodity index controlled contracts with suppliers for all value-added materials to drive down product cost. Each exclusive contract was built around a 65% pass-through limitation on raw materials dictated by monthly commodity index publications such as Paper & Pulp, CMAI, Chemical Data Index, and Commodity Metals Price Index.
  • Renegotiated all WNA payment terms and conditions with suppliers to establish early payment discounts, consignment agreements and rebate programs based on preset purchasing volumes. The savings generated from this project alone was over $1,000,000.00 in year 2008.
  • Implemented a supplier managed inventory system which dramatically reduced excessive inventory levels, freed-up cash flow and held suppliers financially responsible for materials until consumed creating a J.I.T. delivery system.
  • Reduced finished goods inventory by over $800,000.00 through dedication to the principles of inventory control: Understanding Demand, Measuring Performance, Stratify your Inventory, Establish Goals, Track Goal Deviations, Adjust Processes and Redefine Goals.
  • Management responsibility of nine team members within the Supply Chain department
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Purchasing & Production Control Manager
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May 2000 - Dec 2003
Rome, GA
  • Suzuki Manufacturing Of America Corporation is a privately owned company located in Rome Georgia and manufactures all terrain vehicles and motorcycles.
  • In charge of staff development, global and domestic commodity purchasing, cost control, supplier selection and negotiations, lean manufacturing implementation, production scheduling, J.I.T. delivery, Kanban inventory control, warehousing, MRO procurement and after market parts distribution and sales.
  • Established an international supply chain through stringent qualification programs including Millipore Deep Dive Strategy, General Motors Quality First Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and Suzuki Supplier KPI Qualification Program.
  • Managed all processes with the Production Control Department by continuously emphasizing the philosophy of continuous and interrupted flow of materials to support manufacturing.
  • Served as lead coordinator for new model year FPAP and PPAP metal forgings and stamping, from all North American contracted suppliers.
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Education
Bachelor's in Global Supply Chain & Logistics
University of Syracuse 2018
Business Administration
University of Pittsburgh
Certifications
C.P.P.M
Certified Purchasing Professional Manager Certification
American Purchasing Society Member #98691
Harris Lean Manufacturing & JIT Principles
Harris Lean Principles, Charlotte NC * Suzuki Six Sigma Certification
Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyakowa Japan
Suzuki 5-S & Kaizen Principles and Philosophy Certification
Suzuki Motor Corporation, Hamamatsu Japan * Operational Excellence - Global Supply Chain & Logistics
Chester L. Karrass
The GAP Partnership
The Strategic Negotiator Workshop
The Complete Skilled Negotiator Workshop
Skills
Stakeholder Engagement
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Change Management
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Contract Management
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Microsoft Excel
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MS Visio
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Project Management
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Awards
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