Steven Gern

Summary

Strategic Sourcing Manager with expertise in Leadership, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Project Management achieving the highest level of material sourcing and project performance.

·Results oriented focus on Total Costs, S&OP Process, Manufacturing Processes, and Delivery Performance resulting in low cost, high quality products with minimal inventory.

·Combined skills in World Wide Sourcing and Engineering deliver the cost benefits of global sourcing by leveraging available data and supplier process knowledge during negotiations and contract management.

·$80M inventory reduction in recent major Kanban project using Lean Black Belt and Six Sigma skills in Factory Operations and Supply Chain.

Advanced Skills and Experience In:

Material Cost ReductionSupplier Selection

Engineering Management              Inventory Management

Lean Manufacturing          Supplier Quality

Product CommercializationProject Management

FDA Product Design                        Make vs. Buy Analysis

Work History

Work History
Jan 2004 - Oct 2008

Senior Strategic Purchasing Manager

Eastman Kodak (formerly Heidelberg Digital)

Directed various strategic activities of a $250M Purchasing organization that included the procurement and planning of production materials, MRO, and OEM products using SAP.

Leadership and Project Management

·Managed projects and corporate Cash Flow initiatives in a cross-functional team environment.

·Represented Purchasing in the S&OP process, ERP Systems upgrades, and Order-to-Cash Project.

·Managed and mentored Commodity Managers, Material Engineers, and Tactical Buyers.

·Managed Engineering Change Analyst Team to improve efficiencies in the change process.

·Strong collaboration with corporate organizations to leverage strategic value and resources.

·Implemented the Purchasing Diversity program to support minorities and women owned businesses.

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

·Initiated Lean Manufacturing and managed the Supply Chain and Purchasing transition to a consumption based factory resulting in a material inventory reduction of more than $80M.

·Promote continuous use of six sigma methods. Performed Kaizen workshops to improve daily Buyer operations that improved performance, driving supplier delivery performance above 99.4%.

·Manage Operations Efficiency team that developed documented procedures to reduce inventory, optimize Kanban parameters, create planning parameters, track product costs, and optimize logistics.

Material Cost, Inventory Management, and Planning

·Use of Statistical Analysis to optimize planning volumes in conjunction with Lean Material Flow.

·Organization expert on “Elements of Cost”. Provided training and mentoring to domestic and European Commodity Managers on how to use in negotiations and material sourcing decisions.

·Directed material cost reduction efforts exceeding 10% productivity year-over-year. Leveraged skills in sourcing, manufacturing process changes, material changes, and strong negotiating.

·Managed $4M+ Supplier Capital Budget for purchased material to provide a high return.

Supplier Selection and Quality Management

·Managed Supplier Selection Process and performed Supplier Quality Evaluations and Audits.

·Maintained industry trend and benchmark data to support global sourcing decisions.

·Managed Supply Base transition of European production facilities to domestic and low cost regions.

·  Experience sourcing materials in Far East, Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe, and domestically.

2002 - 2004

Senior Manager, Strategic Purchasing

Heidelberg Digital
Directed the creation of standard practice procedures for the Purchasing organization.

·Managed Material Engineering organization in support of product development and current products.

·Created the Supplier Selection Process, Supplier Change Process, and Supplier Productivity Program.

·Achieved expertise in “Elements of Costs” of manufacturing processes of most all materials.

·Strong overall technical knowledge enabling material selection, manufacturing process, Value Engineering, Make versus Buy, and supplier selection for new designs.

2000 - 2002

Strategic Purchasing, New Products Purchasing Manager

Heidelberg Digital

Instrumental in defining the requirements and documenting the processes to allow earlier Purchasing involvement in the development phase of new products.

·Creation of Supplier Contracts and Non-Disclosures in support of Product Commercialization.

·Early Purchasing involvement reduced costs and provided a timelier launch of new products.

·Supervised new product material buyers. Embedded in cross-functional product development team.

·Evaluation and selection of Suppliers and Sub-Tier Suppliers.

1993 - 1999

Team Lead, Senior Electrical Development Engineer

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (formerly Eastman Kodak)

Provided team leadership to drive development with Manufacturing, Service, Design, R&D, and Program Management for FDA Regulated medical analyzer. Position required strong analytical skills and analysis.

·Instrumental in the electronics development of the company’s original Immunoassay Analyzer.

·Project manager of multiple cross-functional teams, including the electro-photometer, reagent temperature control system, and machine control electronics within the Vitros ECi analyzer.

·Designed and certified the electro-photometer electronics and optics.

·Designed digital and analog electronics to support machine control and photon counting algorithms.

·Created supplier relationship for major subsystem during development of precision reagent system.

·FDA requirements training and experience for new products and current products.

1986 - 1993

Senior Development Engineer

Eastman Kodak

R&D team member of advanced technology color imaging development providing electronic designs for concept and early production models.

·Product development of machine control systems for advanced color imaging.

·Research support of new color printing technologies, including writers and imaging.

·Complex circuit board design for multiple production copiers using CAD tools.

·Directed the safety agency and electronics emissions testing for large commercial products.

Education

Education

BS

2008 - Present

Certificate

Villanova University