SUPPLY CHAIN, PROCUREMENT, LOGISTICS, TRANSPORTATION, SIX SIGMA, LEAN AND KAIZEN EXPERT.


Last Updated: 28th September 2018 (over 4 years ago)

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Baltimore, Maryland

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Male

Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
Masters

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English

Summary

ERIC DIVINE AVOTRI
6440 SW 195th Avenue,Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Tel.: +1 9544775566 or 9546510551
eavotri2@yahoo.com

PROFESSION: SUPPLY CHAIN, LOGISTICS, TRANSPORTATION, MATERIALS/INVENTORY MANAGEMENT & PROCUREMENT.

CAREER SUMMARY:
Versatile, results-oriented and highly accomplished international professional with over 15 years’ experience in Supply Chain, Procurement (Strategic, Tactical and Project Sourcing), Logistics, Transportation, Materials and Inventory Management, Sequencing, Sub-Assembly, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen and Lean Six Sigma. Forward thinker, methodical problem solver and analytical in all facets of supply chain and logistics management. Demonstrates success steering projects utilizing collaborative relationships with suppliers, customers and team members. Conscientious supervisor, who leads by example and ensures staffs are thoroughly trained, motivated and remain focused.

EDUCATION
Master of Arts: Geography & Urban Planning: The University of Toledo – Ohio USA.
Bachelors of Arts: Geography & Resource Development, University of Ghana, Accra – Ghana

Additional Training:
Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen, CTPAT, Strategic, Tactical and Project Sourcing, Karass Effective Negotiating Skills, Creative Selling Strategies and Tactics, Toyota Production System (TPS), Managing External Logistics (MEL), Lean Manufacturing Management, Quality Operating System (QOS), QS 9000 & ISO- 9001, ISO14001, SHEQ, Safety and Risk Assessment in Mining, Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
March 2014 to June 2018: Regional Freight/Logistics Manager; Africa - Sandvik Mining & Construction (PTY) LTD. Johannesburg, South Africa
• Develop and implement effective logistics, transportation, warehousing, procurement and materials management strategies, processes and infrastructure for Sandvik Africa operations.
• Negotiate rates, procure and control efficient and effective direction of all aspects of logistics, transportation and 3PL activities that drive customer satisfaction, sustainable profitability and growth of the organization.
• Manage all requests for information (RFI), request for proposals (RFP) or request for quotations (RFQ) for the region of Africa.
• Provide inbound/outbound transportation, shipping, warehousing and inventory/material management expertise to internal and external stakeholders.
• Employ Kaizen, Lean Six Sigma initiatives and Value Stream Mapping to eliminate waste to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of the logistics and the supply chain operations.
• Drive all aspects of continuous improvement of service, cost, delivery quality, invoice accuracy, and materials/inventory availability in Africa.
• Enforce that Service Providers and Team Members operate in an environment that complies with company Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality policies.
• Drive business excellence through vendor performance management, improvement initiatives and benchmarking with service reliability, cost effectiveness and delivery quality as deliverables.
• Accountable for logistics and transportation operational key performance indicators (KPIs) including On - Time Delivery (OTD), Proof of Delivery (POD) compliance, Delivery Quality (DQ).
• Actively monitor and address issues related to Key Performance Indicators with service providers.
• Cultivate and provide appropriate training for team members that allowed them to improve and achieve their objectives whilst effectively contributing to business performance
• Guarantee compliance and fulfillment of Service Level Agreements with Internal and External Stakeholders.

August 2007 to March 2014, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. Johannesburg South Africa (Expatriate Position)

February 2011 to March 2014: Manager, Supply Chain Operations – Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.
• Develop and implemented efficient and cost effective supply chain (Procurement, Logistics, Materials and Inventory Management) strategy and policies that eliminates waste and guarantees the achievement of corporate business objectives and goals.
• Provided strong leadership and foresight to the management and day to day Production Planning, Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Distribution, Material and Inventory Scheduling into 13 Coal Furnace Power Stations as necessary to assure uninterrupted supply.
• Managed and enforced Supply Chain Operations Key Performance Indicators such as cost, on-time delivery, quality of delivery, material availability, cycle count, safety, working capital etc.
• Provided guidance and direction to procurement staff in their efforts to make purchases of materials, supplies, equipment and services.
• Led the end to end sourcing process; market analysis, demand management, supplier qualification, supplier performance management, negotiation and contract development with suppliers.
• Identify key contract and supply risks and develop the associated mitigation strategies.
• Developed healthy supplier relationships that optimize safety, quality, delivery and cost are mutually beneficial to Eskom and its suppliers (Win-Win)
• Employed just-in-time strategies to guarantee timely procurement and availability of materials for projects at the same time keeping stock holding low and in line with business goals and objectives.
• Provided direction for optimization of inventory, transportation and warehouse management function that guaranteed material availability, improvement in inventory turn, reduction in material obsolescence and inventory carrying and holding cost.
• Ensured sound inventory accuracy and availability to Eskom facilities while enforcing optimal inventory levels, effective warehouse layout, space utilization, localization and operations functions that safely and efficiently meet customer requirements.
• Developed, managed and ensured budget compliance, identify any deviations and implement relevant corrective actions.
• Reduced inventory holding cost by 25% through introduction and enforcement supplier just-in-time (JIT) deliveries and vendor/supplier owned inventory management system.
• Employed Lean and Value Stream Mapping techniques to eliminate waste and improved order requisition through purchase order and material delivery to 99.9%.

August 2007 to February 2011: Commodity Manager - Logistics – Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.
• Developed and ensured the implementation and execution of Eskom Holdings Logistics Management Strategies, Policies, Standards and Processes.
• Procured and established contracts for all logistics services including Truckload, Rail, Ocean, Air, Warehousing, Third Party Logistics Services, Custom Brokerage and Freight Forwarding for Eskom Enterprises.
• Controlled and managed 49 Third Party Logistics (3PL) Service Providers with over 5,000 daily deliveries into 10 Eskom Coal Furnace Power Plants in South Africa.
• Guaranteed that personnel operate in an environment that complies with company Health, Safety and Environmental policies.
• Designed and implemented cost efficient and optimized Logistics Management system that eliminated waste in the entire operation.
• Implemented Eskom Logistics and Supply Chain Kaizen (continuous improvement), Six Sigma initiatives and trained Supply Chain Staffs in the area of Kaizen, Lean Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
• Improved trailer cube utilization from 27 tons to 33 tons by working closely with logistics service providers, safety department, engineers, trailer manufactures and other stakeholders to manufacture light and more durable pay loaders/trailers.
• Revised Eskom Transport Economic Pricing Model, eliminated all none-value added lines to reduce transportation spend by 13%.
• Supervised, reviewed supplier invoices for accuracy and held monthly business reviews with logistics service providers on key KPIs and cost savings initiatives.

August 2003 to July 2007: Logistics Manager, Inergy Automotive Systems USA, Canada, Mexico Europe and Asia Pacific (Detroit USA)
• Established and implemented effectively strategies to manage logistics, transportation, materials and inventory planning of components needed in the manufacture of automotive fuel tanks for major Automotive OEMs in USA, Canada and Mexico other parts of the world.
• Developed cost effective strategies for negotiating and procurement of road, rail, air, ocean transportation, warehousing and packaging for Inergy Automotive Systems.
• Researched and aggressively pushed for cost savings in all areas of logistics and supply chain by eliminating waste in the entire system.
• Procured, negotiated global transportation agreements, controlled Inergy Automotive North America, Mexico and Asia Pacific logistics spend, leveraged transportation costs and executed plans to recover supplier non-compliance.
• Worked directly with Inergy Automotive North America, Mexico and Asia Pacific plants to make sure that internal and external logistics activities are in compliance with corporate goals.
• Accounted for effective and efficient route network design and optimization that eliminated waste, improved logistics quality and safety.
• Led and directed responsibility for the regional logistics operations in meeting objectives for safety, environmental responsibility, customer focus, efficiency and process effectiveness.
• Developed, managed and championed a learning culture in the logistics team to ensure that the required competencies are in place to meet current and future business needs.
• Identified and solved operational issues by implementing continuous improvement/ LEAN initiatives to strengthen team unity, goals, productivity and results.

February 1996 to July 2003: Materials & Logistics Planning Manager, Renaissance Global Logistics (Detroit USA)
• Managed all aspects of transportation procurement and materials planning for Ford International Export Pack Plant operations.
• Analyzed daily and weekly Ford Motor Corp. USA Export Operations release requirements and forecasted traffic flow and volumes into the Pack Plant and oversea countries.
• Communicated and converted short and long term customer volume requirements into detailed assembly operation planning for decision making together with operations management.
• Established the parameters for the planning and scheduling processes of the materials according to the response times required by Ford Export operations.
• Responsible for logistics network design, optimization and the determination of all modes of freight transportation.
• Initiated 5S, Kaizen/continuous improvement activities and developed transportation networks that maximized cost efficiency, eliminated waste in logistics and materials management to save cost for Ford Motor Corporation and RGL.
• Analyzed Ford/RGL’s current and future transportation capacity requirements and made recommendations for cost effective resource allocation at the same time ensured route planning and optimization initiatives were well understood and supported all stakeholders.
• Managed all Ford/RGL carriers and logistics companies that supported Ford International Export Pack Plant Operations.
• Proactively participated and provided leadership in support of strong adherence to Environmental, Health, Safety and Social Responsibility initiatives.

December 1994 to February 1996: Contract Manager - Transfreight LLC (Detroit USA)
• Provided strong financial management and leadership skills that supported all functional areas of Transportation and Logistics Department of Toyota Motor Corporation USA -TMS Contract.
• Identified and developed Kaizen (continuous improvement) opportunities that improved system efficiency and reduce cost for Toyota Motor Corporation USA and Canada.
• Applied excellent knowledge in Toyota Production System (TPS) to design and optimize logistics networks that guaranteed level, consistent and synchronous flow of materials into Toyota Plants and PDCs in most efficient and cost-effective manner.
• Established strategies that avoided costly premium shipments and designed cost effective truckload and milk-run networks that safeguarded maximum cost savings for Toyota Motor Corp USA and Canada.
• Ensured the development of effective Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that guaranteed continuous improvement in all areas of the contract and updated customers in areas of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) and Contingency Planning.
• Enforced strict adherence to Safety and Occupational health and Safety Act activities, made sure all regulations, policies and standards of health, safety and security were well understood and adhered to by the Logistics Team.
• Managed and safeguarded budget compliance, identified deviations and implemented relevant close loop corrective actions.
• Ensured corporate compliance with Department of Transport (DOT) regulations and standards.

COMPUTER SKILLS
SAP; MRP, ERP, CAPS, TOPS, MfgPro, TMS, Ford CDS, CMMS, eVEREST Transportation Purchasing System, Minitab, Integrated Logistics Planning, Mfg. Pro, Computer Mapping, Prime Log, Windows Application System etc.

OTHER SKILLS
People management and excellent communication skills working with Teams and Customers.
Ability to implement Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen initiatives to eliminate waste and save cost.
Extensive background in customer relations and strategic planning.
Excellent knowledge in Materials and Inventory Management, Shipping, Warehousing and Consignment Warehousing, Cross Docking and Kanban System.
Extensive knowledge in logistics scheduling for global automotive market.
Good professional sense in directing efficient logistics and plant operations.
Extensive experience in Financial Management.
Excellent knowledge in Contract types (legal, policy and procedural knowledge as well as contract content).

Education

University of Toledo, Ohio USA
Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Planning

   Oct 1992
— Jun 1996

University of Ghana, Accra Ghana
BA Arts in Geography and Resource Development

   Feb 1987
— Jun 1990

Experience

Sandvik Mining & Construction
Regional Freight Manager - Africa

   Mar 2014
— Current

• Develop and implement effective logistics, transportation, warehousing, procurement and materials management strategies, processes and infrastructure for Sandvik Africa operations.
• Negotiate rates, procure and control efficient and effective direction of all aspects of logistics, transportation and 3PL activities that drive customer satisfaction, sustainable profitability and growth of the organization.
• Manage all requests for information (RFI), request for proposals (RFP) or request for quotations (RFQ) for the region of Africa.
• Provide inbound/outbound transportation, shipping, warehousing and inventory/material management expertise to internal and external stakeholders.
• Employ Kaizen, Lean Six Sigma initiatives and Value Stream Mapping to eliminate waste to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of the logistics and the supply chain operations.
• Drive all aspects of continuous improvement of service, cost, delivery quality, invoice accuracy, and materials/inventory availability in Africa.
• Enforce that Service Providers and Team Members operate in an environment that complies with company Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality policies.
• Drive business excellence through vendor performance management, improvement initiatives and benchmarking with service reliability, cost effectiveness and delivery quality as deliverables.
• Accountable for logistics and transportation operational key performance indicators (KPIs) including On- Time Delivery (OTD), Proof of Delivery (POD) compliance, Delivery Quality (DQ).
• Actively monitor and address issues related to Key Performance Indicators with service providers.
• Cultivate and provide appropriate training for team members that allowed them to improve and achieve their objectives whilst effectively contributing to business performance
• Guarantee compliance and fulfillment of Service Level Agreements with Internal and External Stakeholders.

Sandvik Mining and Construction
Regional Freight Manager Africa

   Feb 2014
— Feb 2016

• Develop and implement transportation strategies for Sandvik Africa operations.
• Design, implement and enhance freight infrastructure and solutions for Sandvik Africa.
• Procure and manage freight cost effectiveness through exploitation of synergies, negotiations, invoice control and alignment with internal and external disciplines for the best total cost solution.
• Drive business excellence through vendor performance management, improvement initiatives and benchmarking with service reliability, cost effectiveness and delivery quality as deliverables.
• Develop, lead and collaborate on projects to deliver improvements to Freight Management in Africa.
• Manage all requests for information (RFI), request for proposals (RFP) or request for quotations (RFQ) for the region of Africa.
• Manage inbound and outbound freight processes and services within Africa.
• Drive continuous improvement of service, cost and quality of freight operations in Africa.
• Accountable for transportation cost and operational key performance indicators including On Time Delivery (OTD), Proof of Delivery (POD) compliance, Delivery Quality (DQ).
• Actively monitor and address issues related to Key Performance Indicators with service providers.
• Provide transportation expertise to Sandvik internal and external stakeholders.
• Manage service provider on-boarding processes (process, systems, service etc.) when a new provider is introduced.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
Manager Supply Chain Operations

   Jan 2011
— Dec 2013

• Controlled supply chain management function and established proper sourcing strategy for tenders and acted as the functional expert for the development and negotiation of purchasing contracts.
• Provided contracting expertise across business areas, managed suppliers and ensured quality requirements of products were properly defined and scheduled during procurement phase and order execution.
• Strategically managed and led logistics, inventory, warehouse management functions for 5 Eskom Electric Generation Power Stations and 2 Warehouses and developed economic strategy for procurement & logistics planning to support material demand.
• Established and implemented best practice systems and processes that supported purchasing, inventory forecasting, material management and control.
• Implemented processes to supervise demand from Eskom Holdings Ltd. Power Stations by monitoring material inventories, tracking progress of inbound shipments and reviewing all factors that affect schedules.
• Provided direction for the optimization of inventory, haulage and warehouse management function that guaranteed material availability, improvement in inventory turn, reduction and elimination of material obsolescence and reduction in inventory carrying and holding cost.
• Made sure that Supply Chain Staffs in Eskom were trained in the areas of Kaizen/Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, 5S, SHEQ and Safety at the work place.
• Managed and enforced supply Chain Operations Key Performance Areas and Indicators.
• Ensured strict adherence to Safety and Occupational health and Safety Act (OHS Act) activities and also made sure that all the regulations, policies and standards of health, safety and security were well understood and adhered to by the Supply Chain Operations department organizations and personnel.
• Managed and ensured budget compliance and identify any deviations, implement relevant corrective actions and encourage Supply Chain Operations continuous improvement recommendations and initiatives.
• Guaranteed compliance and fulfillment of Service Level Agreements with Internal and External Stakeholders.
• Developed cost effective Supply Chain Operations Strategies that eliminated waste and saved cost in the total Supply Chain Operations of Eskom Holdings Ltd.
• Ensured sound inventory accuracy and inventory availability to Eskom facilities and ensured optimal inventory levels, effective warehouse layout, space utilization, localization and operations functions that safely and efficiently meet customer requirements.

Inergy Automotive Systems, Detroit Michigan USA
Logistics Manager

   Aug 2003
— Jun 2007

• Developed cost effective strategies for the procurement of all Road, Rail Air Sea Transportation, Warehousing and Packaging for Inergy Automotive Systems and aggressively pushed for cost savings in all areas of logistics by eliminating waste in the entire chain.
• Procure and negotiated global transportation agreements for Truckload, LTL (Less than Truckload), Light and Heavy Weight Air Shipment, Warehousing, Consignment Warehousing, Ocean Freight, Custom Brokerage and Freight Forwarding, Premium Freight and Freight Payment contracts.
• Controlled Inergy Automotive North America, Mexico and Asia Pacific transportation spend, leveraged transportation costs, controlled premium freight and executed plans to recover supplier non-compliance.
• Worked directly with Inergy Automotive North America, Mexico and Asia Pacific plants to make sure that internal and external logistics activities are in compliance with corporate goals.
• Sustained the implementation of Inergy Automotive North America and Asia Pacific business specific projects to level the flow of inbound material into plants, cross-docks and warehouses.
• Worked directly with Purchasing, Engineers and Program Managers to quote on new business and programs to guarantee most effective landed cost.
• Resolved all issue concerning transportation, logistics systems with internal and external customers.
• Accounted for effective and efficient route network design and optimization that eliminated waste, reduced cost and improved logistics quality and safety performance.
• Identified the developmental needs of other team members and provide training, coaching, mentoring to help improve their knowledge and skills to achieve corporates goals.

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