Kenneth Gast

Kenneth Gast

Summary

I possess over 15 years of hands on experience with SAP MM/IM, WM, SD, PP, PS and the QM modules.Over 25 years of experience in the area of Logistics.Full life cycle projects of over 6 full projects and 10 upgrade projects (four other upgrades while I still worked in industry). My experience encompasses involvement in selecting the ERP system (SAP) and mapping AS IS, TO BE and WILL BE. SAP solutions that I have worked with include: the Public Sector Solution, IS OIL Solution, Automotive Solution, Pharmaceutical Solution, High-Tech Solution, Utilities Solution and Chemical Solution.Common activities include: Gap analysis, configuration and installation, with continuous modifications as well as end-user training and Production support. As a MM team lead, I supervise hands on the configuration of the MM/WM Module and IM functionality.As an Integration Testing lead I worked closely in hand with the PMO to validate that all business processes functionally work.As a Production support consultant I have support SD, PP, PM, PS and of course MM and WM.When doing production support I will dig deep into configuration for all modules to determine the cause and best approach for resolution.I am extensively involved in all processes.My most recent projects have given me extensively strong experience and exposure with the ERP ECC 6.0 SAP solution.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2008 - Present

Lead Functional Consultant

Ken Gast Consulting

Clients: HP, Prime Conduit, Peavey Amp, Cameron Cooper,

 - MM/PP/WM (SAP ECC 6.0)

Responsibilities:

Configure MM release strategies for Purchase Requisition with Workflow configuration

Configure MM release strategies for Purchase Orders with Workflow configuration

Configure MM release strategies for Outline Agreements with Workflow configurationCreate Training documents for MM release strategies for Purchase Requisition with Workflow configurationCreate Training documents for MM release strategies for Purchase Order with Workflow configurationCreate Training documents for MM release strategies for Outline Agreements with Workflow configuration

Identify business process changes and Organizational changesPresent to Management recommended solution changesModify configuration to meet operational requirementsUpgradeclient system to ECC 6.0 Blueprint and analysisBlueprint current configurationDocument user requirements for enhancementsCorrect current configuration to meet customer requirements for Procure to Pay.Evaluate client business needs compared to established business best practice solutions (Gap Analysis)Unit test and present recommended configuration modificationsPresented delta overview of Discrete Manufacturing Best practice solution compared to clients current design.Configuration of Base WM for client to understand how processes would be changed moving from Inventory management to Warehouse Management.

Feb 2008 - Sep 2008

Senior Functional Consultant

Abbott Nutrition

Did Security testing on all of the new roles to make sure access was only provided to specific areas.

Worked with Security administrator to modify necessary changes to new security roles.

Wrote test scripts for Integration testing and validated them with functionality.

Performed UAT with the users to identify integration gaps.

Performed SIT with the users to show integration gaps have been resolved

Worked with Legacy system users to verify and validate interface issues.

Presented to the business users how their jobs will be affected.

Tested transactions and worked with the configuration staff to correct errors.

Purchasing master configuration to pull in material cost into purchase docs

Master data settings so that MRP requirements would convert to purchase orders automatically and communicate to the Vendor without human intervention.

Batch Management controlled picking

Apr 2007 - Jan 2008

Senior Functional Consultant

Union Switch and Signal

Identify business process changes and Organizational changes

Educate management on how the system can be used to improve productivity.

Modify configuration to meet operational requirements

Teach staff how to use the system with WM transactions that improve productivity.

Reconfigure the system to enhance productivity.

Modify configuration settings to improve business processes.

Design reports to provide process improvement opportunities

Configure the system for floor stock replenishment

Modify Routings and BOM's to reflect operational picking of materials.

Mass changes to the material master to correct conversion errors and individually corrected materials that could not be corrected automatically.

Identified and corrected unit of measure errors

Organized and facilitated a full wall to wall Inventory Count of all materials.

Create and deliver training materials to users

Feb 2007 - Apr 2007

Senior Functional Consultant

ST Jude Medical

Provide design recommendations for Serial number configuration

Research current corporate use of Serial number tracking and find ways to work around duplicate Serial numbers that exist in Legacy systems.

Provide design team with configuration options and a recommendation for implementation approach.

Nov 2006 - Feb 2007

Senior Functional Consultant

Obrist Americas

Convert 4.6 to ECC 6.0 for existing client operations

Configure new client operations for SD activities

Create pricing schema's to include resin and color up charges in purchasing activities

Configure new client operations for MM Purchasing activities

Master data in regards to material costs

Manually load Customer Master data files

Manually load Vendor Master data files

Apr 2006 - Nov 2006

Senior Functional Consultant

OM Group

Cleveland Ohio

Document current processes to determine best practice solutions.

Identify business process changes and Organizational changes

Configure ECC 5.0 for MM activities

Integrate MM with SD for international (Finnish) activities.

Integrate MM with IT Metals solution for precious metals costs.

Integrate MM with QM

Worked with FI team for Valuation requirements at the batch level of material

Configured Classification to accommodate multiple lines of material text that can be searched on

Configure multi language for all screen layouts

Learned the complexities of Mining and refining dirt to extract metal components

Configure system to meet SOX audit requirements.

Configure system for valuation at the batch level

Configure all outputs to print in both English and Finnish

Configure reporting of purchasing activities at the material group level

Integrate MM purchasing with External payment processing program (IP)

Numerous trips to Finland to work with the end user teams

Configure the system for Intrastat reporting requirements

Product Hierarchy

Batch Management

International UOM's

Configure MM for sub-Contracting activities

Configured the system to accommodate Tolling-Out activities which are similar to a Barter arrangement when vendor provides a material in exchange for another material.

Configure the system to accommodate Tolling-In activities which are similar to a Barter arrangement where a partner or customer provides a material that is consumed into a process and is then sold on behalf of the partner.

Create and deliver training materials to the end users.

Nov 2005 - Apr 2006

Senior Functional Consultant

Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc

Learn new system configuration for 3 phased releases

Lead Integration Test program testing end to end business processes

Lead User Acceptance Test program

Provide support during cutover and Go-Live

Monitored configuration activities to meet plan requirements

Verified testing processes were validated prior to configuration being moved to Golden Client.

Communicated with team members for progression on Configuration and Customization of IM/WM RF transactions.

Monitored progress of development for multiple Go Lives

Communicated with PMO as to progress to project plan

Supervised the creation of training data for both RF training and desktop training

Provide End user Training

Apr 2005 - Nov 2005

Senior Functional Consultant

Conocco Phillips

Learn new system configuration

Help users resolve daily system problems

Configure Purchasing groups

Configure Printing parameters for Purchasing groups

Configure Plant requirements

Configure Material Master Changes per client requirements.

Configure Release Strategies for Purchase orders and Requisitions based on purchasing costs

Maintain Custom Tables

Maintain background jobs for MRP runs based on MRP controllers

Worked with correcting Plant Maintenance from resetting requirement releases because of currency conversion between USD and CAD.

Submit problems to OSS for program corrections

Submit requirements for nightly background jobs to be run per client requirements.

Review and test client specific programs to validate correct results.

Work with programmers with custom coding for Purchase order splitting at the line item level for multiple delivery points.

Assist users in problems regarding account assignments

Resolve Purchasing issues involving closed G/L accounts

Work with EPAYABLES staff to learn solutions to daily problems

Work with IBUY staff to learn solutions to daily problems

Received training on CATS input for HR

Provide End User Training

Feb 2005 - Apr 2005

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles/Business/US-EN/ProductsServices/homepage/index.html

Interview Staff for new system requirements.

Load new system requirement in SMP system.

Write new system requirement design spec.

Submit design spec for program office approval.

Assign Transport to the new program/ report requirement.

Create Configuration spec for new configuration requirements.

Do configuration for new Storage Location functionality.

Do configuration for new MRP functionality.

Test configuration change in Quality and Test systems.

Document in Solution Manager system change updates.

Identified through Solution Manager when configuration changes were approved for transport.

Submit for committee approval for the transport to be sent to the production system.

Batch Management

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005

Senior Functional Consultant

WLMP US Army (CSC)

LetterKenny, PA

Tobyhanna, PA

Corpus Christi, TX

Provided crossover communication between training team and configuration team.

Utilized configuration skills to solve problems in the training client

Regression tested Training system after configuration changes were transported by design team.

Created design template for Transactional training for Depot activities.

Developed/Trained Process documents for Army Acquisition/Purchasing (MM) activities.

Developed/Trained Process documents for Army Distribution (SD) activities.

Developed/Trained Process documents for Army Internal (IM/WM) Movement activities.

Developed/Trained Process documents for Army Manufacturing/Repair (PP,PS) activities.

Trained users to be able to identify WBS element status for Projects.

Documented continuous modifications to client system.

Created End to End Processing documentation for end users for the Acquisition/ Distribution and Warehouse processes.

Tested and documented Client specific design transactions.

Delivered Expert User Training to the end client.

Batch Management

Sep 2003 - Jan 2004

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.wyeth.com/

Provided crossover communication between training team and configuration team.

Utilized configuration skills to solve problems in the training client

Worked with PP team to correct configuration conflicts in the material allocation for production orders.

Worked with WM am MM configuration team to correct hand held (RF) bar code scanner screen errors.

Worked with shipping department on Handling Unit Management (HUM) for shipments.

Worked with the client to issue a material to a production order where the unit of issue was smaller then the base unit of issue and therefore when reduced by the system had to many decimal places for SAP to process.  This needed to be accomplished in a timely fashion in order to maintain the integrity of the chemical timeline process.

Taught the following courses in a classroom environment and one on one training for client employees: General and Supervisor Warehouse operations, Production Manufacturing and Supervisor operations, Inventory Counting/Control, RF/Bar Code Scanning Operations

Troubleshoot configuration details during cutover.

Batch Management

Worked with Security team to resolve Post Go Live Bar Code scanner transaction problems.

Post Go Live Production Support

Replenishment and label printing validation analysis.

Oct 2003 - Sep 2003

Senior Functional Consultant

HHP Welch Allyn

Created class instruction material for the following courses: Workflow for Sales Orders, ECM Notification Workflow, Quality Inspections, Production Master Data.

Created student data for training client.

Used knowledge of purchasing activities to assist other trainers in data creation.

Provided student training for the following courses: Workflow for Sales Orders, ECM Notification Workflow, Quality Inspections, Production Master Data.

Jul 2003 - Jul 2003

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.bbraunusa.com

Taught Client Design Team how to configure SAP 4.6C WM Module.

Trained students on SAP Course Material for LO530 Warehouse Management/Logistics Execution.

Trained students on SAP Course Material for LO531 Special Topics in Warehouse Management/Logistics Execution and Batch Management.

Showed and identified functionality and transactions not covered in the standard course material.

Identified how Capacity Planning can benefit the operations with the help of matching product size to actual stock locations.

Jan 2003 - Jul 2003

Senior Functional Consultant

US Customs and Border Protection

Learn Public Sector Solution for SAP 4.71 Enterprise

Create and write design solution for Customs project.

Identify Project requirements and document their solution through SAP combined with current systems.

Created design specifications for SAP solutions based on IS-PS components in Funds Management (TRM) with account receivable to collect data.

Created Sales Orders to pass a billing document for Duties and Fees for products passing through US Customs.

Helped with the troubleshooting of the SD activities to make sure the required information was passed to the other modules.

Identified reports that could be presented through Portals for the Trade to view.

Tested various solutions to create a combined listing of open account receivable items to be presented to the customers via a portal to initiate a demand for payment.

Documented process flows in Visio 2000 with Activity Diagrams.

Configured Plants to represent all US Customs border crossing and Customs offices.

Represented Accounts Receivable team in communication with the transactions team.

Sep 2002 - Dec 2002

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.lilly.com/

Learn Global Eli Lilly SAP Solution

Compare local requirements to fit with Corporate Global Design.

Incorporate Wintron WMS RF System to operate with SAP.

Documented the current procedures to identify legal requirements that are not addressed in the current US solution.

Handling Unit Management

Tested MM transactions and worked with configuration team to move materials from one company code to another company code without a change in valuation Based on Batch.

Worked with the SD team to provide reports of product availability to create hot sales lists.

Worked with the production team to create Urgent sell lists of products that were nearing expiration for the Sales team.

Identify Gaps and represent local team to devise acceptable solution.

Train power users of local operation how SAP will be used for their operation.

Apr 2002 - Sep 2002

Senior Functional Consultant

Common Wealth of PA

Validate data conversion approach for Material Masters.

Worked with SAP Waldorf support to provide the possibility of certain materials within a storage location not be visible to all users.

Configure Output for Purchasing documents to copy texts from the document to printout.

Configure Purchase Requisition transactions for both materials and services.

Configure Purchase Order transactions for both materials and services.

Identify and configure what texts should be carried forward to the final printout.

Test and assist in communication with EBP 3.5.

Test and design Outputs for Purchase Orders, Contracts and Request for Bids.

Document Material Master Cleansing Database programs.

Validate data conversion approach for Vendor Master files.

Convert Vendor Master from Legacy system from final master file.

Document and write procedure instructions for Vendor Master Cleansing Database programs.

Document output formats for Procurement processes.

Resolve problems for printing outputs as a result of conflicting software programs.

Provide MIS department with several scenario solutions for identified printing conflicts with the SAP-LPD program.

Train end users with entering purchase orders both directly in SAP as well as entering orders via EBP 3.5.

SWAT team support for end user community.

Submitted and worked with SAP support via OSS to resolve design issues.

Mar 2002 - Apr 2002

Senior Functional Consultant

Reichhold Chemical

Develop Inventory Management approach for installing a new 4.6C system to replace current 3.1I system.

Create Global Blueprints for high-level overview of business processes with possible benefits that can be gained.

Document configuration recommendation for introducing ABC Cycle Count Process.

Configure a sample plant with ABC cycle counting solution.

Document Purchasing activities from Purchase to Pay.

Document Batch control activities.

Document movement type configuration for consideration in 4.6C system.

Document Storage Location methodology to Globalize current plant configurations.

Feb 2002 - Feb 2002

Senior Functional Consultant

Reliant Energy

Taught SAP Course LO930 LIS REPORTING.

Added additional material on further reporting capabilities of reports, standard in the SAP 4.6 release with only 4 hours notice.

Jun 2001 - Jan 2002

Senior Functional Consultant

http://logistics.cat.com/cda/layout?m=114268&x=7

Established a line of communication between MG Rover, Land Rover and Caterpillar to identify integration points.

Senior responsibility for the design and configuration to create interfaces between SAP and the Client Managing system with a third party warehouse system for Automotive Parts Distribution.

Design and configure the system using a corporate standard design solution to add a third party warehouse support that interfaces with SAP MM/IM and SD to simulate WM activities.

Identified upload programs to extend material with MM/IM only information.

Wrote conversion specs for uploading information from the third party software into the material master.

Batch Management controlled shipping.

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.  Provide Management with gap analysis.

Identified how Capacity Planning can benefit the operations with the help of matching product size to actual stock locations.

Create interfaces with the third party facility that is controlling warehouse operations to update SAP MM/IM and the Client Inventory Managing system.

Design an interface that creates a new material on the third party system whenever a new material is created on SAP.

Design an Interface from the SAP to provide an ASN (Advanced Shipping Notification) to external customers.

Designed an Interface into the SAP system to convert an external ASN to an Inbound Delivery to assist in the receiving process of incoming product.

Train personnel on the use of the SAP software system for all Material Management and Inventory Management transactions.

Designed a cycle count program that can be sent from SAP Inventory Management to the third party system and then update SAP Inventory Management Count document with the differences.

Design an interface for Deliveries that can be processed by the third party system and then updated in SAP to reflect actual goods shipped to automotive parts distributors.

Design an interface to capture location specific information from the third party facility to be captured on SAP for Order splitting of Delivery notes.

Design an interface that compares the inventory levels between the third party system and SAP Inventory Management to keep them in sync.

Design an interface to capture Supersession material information from third part software and store it on SAP for Automotive parts interchangeability.

Design an interface to do a goods receipt transaction in SAP Inventory Management as a result of the third party warehouse actually receiving the material.

Validate that the current configuration of the Material Management and Inventory Management modules do not conflict with desired results.

Test and troubleshoot all interfaces through the Gateway and SAP.

Stress tested and created training data on system.

Mar 2001 - Jun 2001

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.rheinchemie.com/company/driving-directions/rhein-chemie-corporation-usa.html

Senior responsibility for the design and configuration for an upgrade from version 3.1H to version 4.6C of SAP for the MM/IM and WM modules as they relate to the FI/CO, PP and SD modules for use in the Chemical Manufacturing industries. 

Designed and configured SAP Warehouse Management (WM) with integration to Sales/Distribution (SD) and Materials Management (MM)/Inventory Management (IM) system.

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.  Provide Management with gap analysis.

Worked with design team to develop the Manufacturing Execution System to control component issues.

Design and configure the WM module for a functional implementation to an existing Inventory Management controlled plant.

Configured ATP for chemical production for customer orders.

Identified how Capacity Planning can benefit the operations with the help of matching product size to actual stock locations.

Created new movement types in the Inventory management system and configured them to work in WM.

Configured Bin Ranges to automatically create WM bins with weight and size limitations.

Changed print functionality for Warehouse Management movement types.

Changed print functionality for Inventory Management movements that did not effect a warehouse operation.

Perform regression testing of the system.

Train personnel on the use of SAP software system.

Provide production support after upgrade and after installing the WM module.

Identified upload programs to extend material to reflect WM bin location information.

Configured SAP WM to utilize current release capabilities to enhance current business practices.

Completed all of this in an aggressive time line of eight (8) weeks.

Design RF interface for Receipt transactions.

Test and confirm that incoming documents will interact with the SAP RF/Bar Code scanner solution.

Provide problem resolution to RF/Bar Code Scanner integration problems.

Added freight charges to sales orders to be included on final billing to customer for order.

Nov 2000 - Mar 2001

Senior Functional Consultant

Shure Brothers Inc

Senior responsibility for the design and configuration for an upgrade from version 3.1H to version 4.6C of SAP for the MM/IM and WM modules as they relate to the FI/CO, PP and SD modules for use in the Microphone Manufacturing industries. 

Configured the MRP area for the purchasing department.

Tested the EDI output communication of purchase orders to Vendors.

Configured the Print control options for the Inventory Management transactions

Designed and configured SAP Warehouse Management (WM) with integration to Sales/Distribution (SD) and Materials Management (MM)/Inventory Management.

Worked with the configuration of the ATP to account for time needed to transfer materials to various facilities during the production process.

Train personnel on the use of SAP software system.

Developed process scripts (BPP's) for purchasing department, with the desire to improve the process not just document it.  Provide options for changes where benefit is warranted.

Developed process scripts (BPP's) for the material handlers, with the desire to improve the process not just document it.  Provide options for changes where benefit is warranted.

Developed the training material for the new Inventory Management transactions for Enjoy SAP.

Trained both the Development team and Key end-users on functionality of personalizing new SAP transactions in areas of Purchasing and Receiving of materials and assets.

Develop the Core Training material for the end-users for all MM/IM and WM activities. 

Trained users and management on the functionality and uses of the purchasing areas within SAP.

Document Current Business and Process issues and provide configuration recommendations for resolution.

Troubleshoot current configuration problems in the area of Posting Changes in Inventory Management with follow-on activities in the WM area.

Worked with RF/Bar Code Scanner Supplier to create interfaces for incoming/outgoing and internal activities.

Configured SAP WM to utilize current release capabilities to enhance current business practices.

Worked with change management team during all activities.

Stress tested and created training data with Loadrunner.

Post Go Live support.

Mar 2000 - Nov 2000

Senior Functional Consultant

Senior responsibility for the design and configuration in the 4.5 version of SAP for the MM/IM and PP modules as they relate to the FI/CO and SD modules for use in the Produce industries.  This was for five (5) different installations for separate subsidiaries of the company. 

Handled the design of the PP module to process the repack of bulk materials to consumer style packaging. 

Configured the system for Batch management control and cost relations to specific batches.

Design the PP module to use replacement parts for package creates.

Developed the ATP to account for sorting of produce to pull expired product from the shipment.

Document SAP screen layouts and functionality of the system.

Train personnel on the use of SAP software system.

Wrote development specs for converting material master from Legacy systems.

Tested conversion programs to verify material master was correctly loaded.

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.  Provide Management with gap analysis.

Perform regression testing of the system.

Configured the Manufacturing Execution System for issuing materials to work orders.

Configure the MM module to "Link" the purchase of materials with the services involved with their Purchase/Import/Handling to capture the true cost of the material. 

Develop the Core Training material for the end-users for all MM/IM and PP activities. 

Provide post implementation support for a Nation Wide user-base on issues both SAP related as well as Network problems, Desktop issues and Virus protection.

Provided freight charges to be added to shipments.

Made freight charges become included in the final cost of purchase of raw materials from growers.

Created training data with Loadrunner.

Stress tested the system with Winrunner.

Post Go Live support.

Jan 2000 - Mar 2000

Senior Functional Consultant

Nokia Mobile Phones

Provide Production Support for new production facilities including training and user level support during Release upgrade, going from 3.1I to 4.5B with MM/IM, WM, PP, QM, and SD modules.

Provided logistical support such as spreadsheets as aids in Inventory Control and Cycle Count Quick Checks.

Document SAP screen layouts and functionality of the system.

Train personnel on the use of SAP software system.

Documented SAP, other systems, and network issues for problem resolution and data analysis.

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.  Provide Management with gap analysis.

Designed the MM/IM module to find replacement parts for shortages to complete cellphone manufacturing.

Designed and configured SAP Warehouse Management (WM) with integration to Sales/Distribution (SD), Materials Management (MM) and Inventory Management (IM).

Verified that current design still allowed transactions to be performed via RF/Bar Code Scanners.

Batch Management

Trained users to do transactions using RF/Bar Code Scanners.

Provide problem resolution to RF/Bar Code Scanner integration problems.

Perform regression testing of the system.

Created analysis programs for problem supply vendors.

Collected data of poor quality bar codes on parts labels from external vendors.

Provided technical support with bar code reader interface problems.

Stress tested the system with Winrunner.

Post Go Live support.

Nov 1998 - Aug 1999

Senior Functional Consultant

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/section_node/0,1042,sid%253D26551,00.html

Provide Client personnel with end user training. 

Support Design and Configuration Team with Problem Analysis and Solutions.

Document how a future operating system should perform current activities using MS Word and Harvard Graphics.

Provide problem resolution to RF/Bar Code Scanner integration problems.

Batch Management

Train personnel on the use of SAP software system.

Document SAP screen layouts and functionality of the system.

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.  Provide Management with gap analysis.

Provide Client support for upgrade process. 

Perform regression testing of the system.

Edit Training Material.  Provide Warehouse Management Overview Training for Implementation Team. 

Test Training Client System for flaws.

Post Go Live support.

Oct 1987 - Nov 1998

SAP MM/WM/PP Business Analyst /SAP Functional Support

Applied Materials

Provide technical and functional support with bar code readers (RF) with the use of a Key Board emulator. 

Analyze Purchasing requirements for hot materials.

Wrote/Tested conversion programs to verify material master was correctly loaded.

Identified how Capacity Planning can benefit the operations with the help of matching product size to actual stock locations.

Create reporting analysis measuring "Performance to Commit" and "Performance to Request" for the Sales and Distribution Module.

Initial contact for system problems for worldwide user-base for the SD, WM, PP and MM modules during each system upgrade (2.0b to 2.1g, 2.1g to 3.0b, and 3.0b to 3.1i). 

Documented the individual activities and procedures as they were done prior to SAP

Blueprint how a future operating system should perform current activities

Work with the development team to configure SAP to meet the requirements of current processes.

Provide Management with gap analysis. 

Configured all of the Inventory Management transactions with follow-on activities in the Warehouse Management system.

Designed and configured SAP Warehouse Management (WM) with integration to Sales/Distribution (SD) and Materials Management (MM)/Inventory Management (IM) system.

Develop pick and placement strategies for warehouse activities.

Configure and test the final system design for 7 plants.  Six plants with fixed bins and one plant with multiple storage locations with a random bin warehouse using multiple storage types, and bin types.

Develop/Train personnel on the use of SAP software system. 

Research available technology for providing enhanced automated warehouse distribution.

Perform regression testing of the system as further deployments of the operating system were released.

Supervise Staff for operational activities.

Education

Education