Nicole Koeb

Study Abroad

China (May 2002)

Studied changes with entry into the World Trade Organization, toured multi-national companies, and toured the Three Gorges Dam to learn about the impact to the economy.

Edinburgh, Scotland (August 1996)

Managed full load of university courses, observed numerous historical sites, toured France, Italy, Belgium, England, Ireland, and Scotland, and interacted with the community through playing rugby.

Summary

12 years of experience in supply chain management related to purchasing and operations. My key focus in all of my jobs has been on creating a sustaining process. I've proven this through creating a standard process for supplier to supplier transitions, automating communication workflows using sharepoint technology, and collaborating with engineering on improving the NPI communication flow.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2008 - Present

Sourcing Project Manager for NPI and Digital Works Manager

Honeywell

Coordinate the new product introduction projects in sourcing, manage supplier transitions to gain productivity savings, and lead the team for automated process solutions in sourcing for North America sites.

  • Implemented a common process for moving from one supplier to another for productivity savings. (Savings of $2M on around 30 projects a year)
  • Developed the sourcing procedures for New Product Launches through maintaining a consistent and controlled interface with engineering. (around 75 projects a year)
  • Developed a monthly review process on the total cost model of a supplier transition pulling in 6 functional areas to confirm alliance before moving forward on a project. 
  • Using visual metrics to help identify key areas to escalate on the 70 plus projects that cycle through.
  • Managing 13 employees in North America (mix of tactical and strategic)
  • Performed due diligence for Sourcing ROI on prospective acquisitions. 
  • Automated solutions for supporting product obsolescence, engineering end item/component relationships, supplier scorecards, and a centralized process for all factories for the critical parts list.
Jan 2007 - Jul 2008

Lead Buyer and Digital Works Lead for NA sites

Honeywell

Managed the common processes for the buyers in 5 sites across North America and managed a team who automated sourcing solutions to eliminate non-value added activities.

  • Setup automated process to communicate vendor scorecards and calculate inputs across 4 different ERP systems.  
  • Developed training documents and trained employees for managing a common purchasing process across the SBU which includes 5 facilities across North America.  (PO Exception reports, Supplier OTTR, Supplier Acknowledgements, New Buyer Requirements)
  • Automated the process for communicating new negotiated supplier pricing to the buyers including automating the purchase order creation once a requisition is released.  Reduced head count by 20%.
  • Managed a team of business analysts who assist in digitalizing the purchasing function and all North America buyers – 33 people. 
Sep 2004 - Jan 2007

Digital Works Sourcing Lead

Honeywell

Led the automated solutions for the North American sourcing team. Trained sourcing team on new software solutions for maintaining their jobs.

  • Transitioned select suppliers to VMI (vendor managed inventory) and consignment programs to maximize the company's working capital.  Average $500K inventory reduction (1%).
  • Successfully implemented a capacity constraining tool in Oracle in 3 months.
  • Automated the process for communicating new negotiated supplier pricing to the buyers including automating the purchase order creation once a requisition is released.  Reduced head count by 20%.
  • Trained commodity managers on how to use software/internet programs to do eRFQs.
  • Initiated and tested the manufacturing and purchasing components of the Oracle Consignment module. 
Jun 2003 - Sep 2004

Sr. Materials Analyst

Honeywell

Managed projects for manufacturing. Created common processes for the planners.

  • Tested and implemented Oracle kanban. Transitioned current kanban system to Oracle kanban to optimize inventory delivery with Honeywell's cyclical forecast.  Analyzed demand fluctuations to determine if parts are an optimal candidate for kanban.
  • Transitioned select suppliers to VMI (vendor managed inventory) and consignment programs to maximize the company’s working capital.
  • Coordinated a project to replace scales in the factory.  The new scales provide bar code tare weights and average piece weights to reach the inventory accuracy goal.  
Oct 1998 - Jun 2003

Sr. Manufacturing Specialist

Honeywell

Worked in the factory planning a product line made up of $20M spend.  Implemented pull systems with suppliers and setup planning parameters to manage MRP suggestions.

  • Reduced inventory by 34 percent within the first 6 months ($5.5 million dollars).
  • Expanded Kanban inventory control to other areas of the factory which minimized the amount of indirect employee’s time involvement for managing supply replenishment.
  • Lead Oracle 11i implementation for the manufacturing team-project management.
  • Worked with current suppliers and min/max material order reports to have suppliers provide Just-In-Time deliveries based on actual orders.
  • Set up recyclable shipping totes with one supplier on an “A” item to receive a $20K cost savings on material and to decrease unloading time in-house.
  • Streamlined new product implementation to avoid obsolescence.
  • Started a walking program at Honeywell to help reduce healthcare costs.

Education

Education
2000 - 2002

Masters in Business Administration

Arizona State University

Masters in Business Administration – August 2002

1994 - 1998

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree - May 1998

Comprehensive Management Major-Operations/Materials Emphasis

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 1999 - Present

CPIM

APICS