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Featured Supply Chain News

Food Service Industry Collaboration Will Drive Supply Chain Transformation

Restaurant industry sales in the United States are expected to reach $799 billion in 2017. That’s a lot of burgers, chicken, fries, salads, burritos and milkshakes!

While top line revenue growth is moderate, the market research company NPD Group reports that U.S. foodservice traffic actually declined in 2016. One of the key factors is changing consumer tastes. Market research company Datassential found that America’s top 300 chain restaurants and convenience stores introduced a staggering 5,113 new menu items over the past 12 months in the effort to appeal to changing consumer tastes.  “What is interesting is not the types of items that are new, what’s in them,” said Jack Li, who is a member of the Datassential research team.  According to Datassential, chain restaurants have been betting on trendy ingredients including kale and quinoa, items you never would have found on a chain restaurant menu just a few years ago.

Larry Oberkfell, President and CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) sees this as a wake-up call for the industry.  “The consumer votes with their feet and if we are to win their dollar then all players in the supply chain must work together to give them what they want. And there is a lot at stake to do so.  The food service industry is the second largest private employer in the United States and counts nearly 15 million among its workforce (10% of the overall U.S. workforce).”

IFMA, together with HAVI, a supply chain management firm with deep expertise in food service, and Kinetic12, a food industry management consulting firm, are orchestrating a Supply Chain Optimization initiative. The initiative is the first of its kind in the foodservice industry and is bringing together the biggest brands and suppliers as part of the initiative.  Their collective objective is to evaluate how to optimize supply chain practices across all of the key stakeholders and to address how the movement of foods from farm to fork can bring new offerings to meet changing consumer tastes.

Read the article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2017/06/05/food-service-industry-collaboration-will-drive-supply-chain-transformation/#2153b45b5f70

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Upcoming Events

Statistical Alignment of Master Data – Vol. 2: Bigger Data

About the Speaker:

Rohit Parangath CPIM, CSCP, CLTD is the Head of ERP Processes at MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA, Germany). He joined the company in 2007 and has held various positions in Production Planning, Sales & Operations Planning and Supply Chain Strategy.

Rohit has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions during his employ with MilliporeSigma. Other than his regular duties he also holds SAP Key User responsibilities for Production Planning, Business Warehouse, APO Supply Network Planning, APO Demand Planning and SAP Information Steward.

He grew up in Bangalore, a metropolitan city in southern India and received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore in 2003. He completed his Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, focusing in Supply Chain Management, from Syracuse University, New York in 2006. Rohit received his CPIM certification in 2011, CSCP in 2012 and CLTD in 2016.

Rohit has been an APICS member since 2005 and a board member of the APICS San Diego Chapter since 2012.

What you will learn:

While Vol. 1 of this PDM series covered Safety Stocks, this episode delves into lot sizing, forecast strategy and inventory control policies.

  • Inter-dependencies between supply chain master data elements
  • Mass calculation of Supply Chain parameters
  • Using an advanced model of the ABC-XYZ analysis matrix.
  • Statistically managing outliers in your demand data.
  • Effectively analyzing lot sizing policies.
  • Alternatives to the Economic Production Quantity (EPQ).
  • Power of 2 production lot sizing policy
  • Segmental analysis of Supply Chain KPIs.



$38.00 [Non-Member]
$40.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

$28.00 [APICS Member]
$30.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

Space is limited, register today at: http://apics-sd.org/meetinginfo.php?id=109

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Education Spotlight

CLTD – Summer Wednesdays [ Carlsbad]

The APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation assess individuals based on a comprehensive body of knowledge, best practices and standards for those in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries.

Earning the CLTD credential makes you a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. The CLTD will make you a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

This 10-week (4 hours per week) course will guide students through the APICS CLTD Learning System.

The new APICS CLTD exam consists of eight content areas. To earn the CLTD certification, you must master each of the following:

Module 1: Logistics and Supply Chain Overview

  •         Logistics Fundamentals
  •         Logistics Strategy within the Supply Chain
  •         Lean Logistics


Module 2: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

  •         Aligning Supply and Demand
  •         Translating Demand into Capacity Planning
  •         Demand Management
  •         Sourcing and Procurement of Inventory


Module 3: Supply Chain Improvements and Best Practices

  •         Customer Relationship Management
  •         Order Management
  •         Customer Service Management


Module 4: Inventory and Warehouse Management

  •         Inventory Management in Logistics
  •         Inventory Management Methods
  •         Inventory Control
  •         Warehousing Strategy and Management
  •         Packaging and Materials Handling


Module 5: Transportation

  •         Transportation Fundamentals
  •         Modes of Transportation
  •         Transportation Management


Module 6: Global Logistics Considerations

  •         Infrastructure and System
  •         Regulations
  •         Customs Clearing and Documentation
  •         Finance and Payment Options
  •         Currency and Tax Considerations


Module 7: Logistics Network Design

  •         Facilities Planning
  •         Distribution Network Design
  •         Risk Management


Module 8: Reverse Logistics and Sustainability

  •         Reverse Logistics
  •         Sustainability


The registration fee for this course includes the APICS CLTD Learning System materials and on-line tools.

Please note that fees for taking the CLTD exam is separate and has to be booked via Pearson Vue.


$1,700.00 [APICS Member]
$1,750.00 after 12:00 am June 14

$1,900.00 [Non-Member]
$1,950.00 after 12:00 am June 14

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Company Overview

Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge undersea technology companies that have been assembled by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Through acquisitions and collaboration, over the past 10 years Teledyne Marine has evolved into an industry powerhouse, bringing the best of the best together under a single umbrella. Each Teledyne Marine company is a leader in its respective field, with a shared commitment to providing premium products backed by unparalleled service and support.


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Position Summary and Responsibilities

General Overview

The Supply Chain/Purchasing Manager reports to the Director of Operations.  This position manages production planning, warehouse, inventory and procurement for the business unit and provides daily leadership and supervision to procurement staff.  This position is responsible for ensuring continuity of materials supply using min/max, kanban and build/purchase to order; quality and overall cost management.  This position ensures that buyer/planner and materials groups are following best business processes/practices, and the supply chain organization is compliant with all Company policies, as well as financial and operational performance standards and objectives.  This position develops action plans and task assignments to improve supplier responsiveness and performance, cost-savings, customer service levels, production schedule fulfillment, inventory management and overall departmental productivity.  This position serves as a leader, spends 80% of the time managing the procurement team and supply chain and 20% of the time performing hands-on purchasing and supply chain tasks, and acts as a backup to direct reports, as needed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides leadership and manages the procurement staff by:
    • Establishing annual goals and conducting performance reviews
    • Collaborating with buyers and planners on goal achievement progress
    • Monitoring material flow through receiving, inspection, and MRB ensuring staff are hitting metric targets on turn-around time
    • Approving PO's for release, per established signature authorization matrix
    • Monitoring weekly kanban activity and working on regular review of kanban quantity changes
    • Training new procurement hires on all policies and procedures
    • Providing project management guidance and support, as needed
    • Assuring that the procurement department is up to date on all training requirements
  • Participates in MRB meetings with Quality
  • Responsible for cycle count and physical inventory
  • Coordinates/resolves A/P invoicing problems needing procurement assistance
  • Researches and finds cost savings through supplier cost reduction, sourcing strategies, or similar means
  • Manages vendor contract stocking agreements with an annual review plan to qualify renewal
  • Assumes leadership role in managing key strategic supplier relationships
  • Works with Sales, Engineering, and Manufacturing to find new raw materials and/or alternate raw materials to meet customer needs
  • Acts as lead negotiator in material purchasing plans.  Responsibility includes initiating, directing and maintaining both short and long-term procurement plans.
  • Conducts regular business reviews with all tier 1 suppliers quarterly and tier 2 suppliers annually
  • Locates, qualifies, and develops new and better performing suppliers. Responsible for supplier performance (quality, delivery, affordability, financial stability, etc.).
  • Pursues new technologies to improve the manner in which the company buys materials.
  • Ensures that all customer flow downs and certification requirements are captured and executed in purchasing.
  • Establishes methods of procurement, such as kanban agreements, blanket orders, or purchase contracts
  • Reviews/approves new purchasing contracts. Negotiates contracts that include costs, delivery, handling, and penalties for late delivery, while making sure the vendor meets all quality requirements.
  • Provides feedback to sales and contract management on customer flow down requirements.
  • Ensures the procurement department is compliant with all company and corporate policies
  • Ensures procurement department adheres to all ISO procedures and processes.  Responsible for establishing and maintaining clear and effective procurement policies and procedures.
  • Keeps abreast of market trends, changes in business practices in the assigned markets, and new or altered types of materials entering the market.
  • Oversees material impacts due to ECO dispositions
  • Creates, modifies and monitors preferred vendor lists for each department and location
  • Responsible for meeting company and corporate procurement metrics and targets.
  • Maintains raw material database within MRP system for accuracy of pricing, specifications and lead-time.
  • Monitors late deliveries and assists with supplier problems, as needed
  • Ensures proper management of all procurement records, as required per company policy
  • Develops action plans and assigns tasks to execute departmental and business unit goals, including cost savings, inventory reduction and on time delivery
  • Drafts/reviews/approves SOP’s, ensuring operational compliance to all Company policies, including training existing and new staff members
  • Ensures availability of materials in the supply chain, as required per production schedules, and maintains inventory at acceptable levels while minimizing excess and obsolete inventory levels


Supervisory Responsibilities                                                  

This job provides general supervision to a functional area which may include direct supervision of exempt and non-exempt personnel.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include providing leadership to employees, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 




  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain or related field required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing environment with a proven track record of supply chain improvements
  • Requires at least two years of supervisory/management experience
  • APICS or similar purchasing certification is a plus
  • Experience in high pace manufacturing environment
  • Excellent team communication, human relations, and organizational skills
  • Excellent time management, written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to rapidly learn new systems and procedures
  • Direct ERP experience in a supply chain role
  • Trained in LEAN principles. Six-Sigma a plus.
  • Strong negotiating and communication skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to consolidate and present complex data related to supply chain activities to identify current procurement issues and to guide future procurement decisions
  • Ability to convert sales forecasts into procurement strategies and inventory level projections
  • Must possess U.S. citizenship or be a "U.S. Person". (A U.S. Person is defined as a person who is a lawful permanent resident “Green Card holder” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101 (a)(20) or who is a ”Protected Individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).)


To apply, please visit the following link below:



Evaluate, design, execute, measure, monitor and control the SCM business processes.  Work to ensure the business process outcomes are in harmony with the Organizations strategic goals.  Work collaboratively across all departments of the organization to help improve the management of the business process.  Focus must be on the entire process from beginning to end, introduction innovation into the process that can impact results, enhance profitability and assist the organization to meet its business objectives and goals.  Primary function may be to apply IT solutions to technical and logistical business problems, conducting quality assessments of company's supply chains and drafting reports detailing solutions; working with company personnel to understand business procedures; developing architectures and coding standards and being on-call for application support.  This position will be responsible for driving continuous improvement in the Supply Chain function by providing strategic direction and support to the team and driving operational excellence across the business.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:

  • Lead, build, and implement broad supply chain process improvements
  • Implement and drive process and systems improvements related to Advanced Supply Chain (ASCP) business process and analysis process to meet company objectives
  • Lead and act as a change manager by engaging and collaborating with all active members affected by a change in business process
  • Manage time across multiple competing projects and influence/lead cross functional groups to arrive at consensus solutions
  • Extend and maintain Oracle ERP system to support Advanced Supply Chain (ASCP) business processes and BI reporting Dashboards
  • Act as system lead and provide functional system support for purchasing, order management, planning, configuration management, advance supply chain, inventory business processes in all international time zones
  • Develop effective documentation and material for training, education, communication, and providing an authoritative reference on processes and solutions within scope
  • Develop reports for ad hoc marketing, sales, and consulting requests
  • Create and support Oracle support tickets to resolve issues
  • Identification, testing, and recommending deployment of patches
  • Coordinating business testing as required
  • Partner with division leadership to determine business line appropriate KPI’s for measuring and reporting performance.
  • Manage 2-3 analysts


Competency Requirements

In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Delegating Responsibility - Provides people with clear objectives and allows them to take ownership for their goals; gives people a mix of tasks that challenge but do not overwhelm them; acts as a resource people can utilize to help accomplish their goals
  • Developing Talent - Invests time and resources into building the capabilities of team members; helps people define career goals and establish development plans to achieve them; gives people constructive, developmental feedback and advice
  • Driving Continuous Improvement - Establishes methods to monitor and improve performance of systems and processes; utilizes specialized techniques for continuous improvement (e.g., Kaizen, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management)
  • Evaluating and Implementing Ideas - Defines requirements and resources needed to implement new ideas; approaches innovation with a practical, task-oriented mindset; converts ideas from general concepts into actionable plans
  • Driving Projects to Completion - Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate


Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)

  • 7 years of experience with business analysis
  • 4 years of management experience
  • Extensive knowledge of Semiconductor planning 
  • Advanced experience with Oracle Advance Supply Chain Planning
  • Advanced experience in Excel
  • Experience with business analysis with the supply chain business processes
  • Experience with purchasing, costing, supply chain business processes
  • Experience with supply chain for the manufacturing industry
  • Experience defining and refining business processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Highly Organized: Acts independently to determine methods and procedure on new assignments.  Often leads or supervises the activities of other personnel.                 
  • Teamwork: Able to work with concurrently with all levels of staff in such a manner as to achieve company goals and objectives
  • Decisiveness: React with confidence to work instructions


Preferred Qualifications

  • n/a


Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain or Operations Management


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


Miriam Diamond Sher

Senior Recruiting Representative

Cell:  603.305.9491

9369 Carroll Park Drive  |  San Diego, CA 92121

msher@psemi.com | www.psemi.com



Catalent Pharma - San Diego is looking to hire a Planner/Scheduler I or II who is responsible for the finite scheduling of all cGMP manufacturing operations at the San Diego site. Utilizing production planning and scheduling software (Orchestrate), the Planner/Scheduler will maintain detailed day-to-day production schedules, including routings and resource assignments, for cross-functional visibility to an executable schedule. Additionally, they will continuously evaluate the site’s use of the system, looking for ways it may be leveraged for process improvements, reporting capabilities, etc. Qualified candidate will be hired at the appropriate level (I-II) commensurate with education and years of required relevant experience.


The Role (daily responsibilities)

  • Operating in a highly dynamic environment, ensure all impacted departments have the information necessary to successfully meet manufacturing timelines
  • Identify potential schedule conflicts and work with the appropriate personnel to mitigate risks and minimize impact to timelines
  • Serve as primary point of contact for system administration, adjusting planning parameters, adding or modifying resources (equipment, technicians, etc.), training new users, creating reports and user views, and submitting support tickets, as needed
  • Attend and/or Lead cross functional/interdepartmental planning meetings, as required. Attend manufacturing tech transfer meetings with Manufacturing Coordination and Process Development as the Scheduling representative and ensure process updates are reflected in the finite schedule
  • Develop and generate metrics to monitor the operational performance of the Catalent San Diego cGMP manufacturing site. Analyze the operational performance metrics and suggest areas for process improvement when appropriate.


The Candidate (requirements)

  • To qualify for the Planner/ Scheduler I: Bachelor’s degree in a life science or operations management highly desirable with 0-2 years planner/ scheduler experience required. Pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing experience preferred.
  • To qualify for the Planner/ Scheduler II: Bachelor’s degree in a life science or operations management highly desirable  with 3+ years planner/ scheduler experience required. Pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Catalent’s standard leadership competencies that are used to interview and for Performance & Development:

  • Leads with Integrity and Respect
  • Delivers Results
  • Demonstrates Business Acumen
  • Fosters Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Champions Change
  • Engages and Inspires
  • Coaches and Develops


Position Benefits

  • Potential for career growth within an expanding team
  • Defined career path and annual performance review and feedback process
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and 401k are all offered from Day One of employment
  • Generous paid time off (PTO) and holidays


To apply, please visit the following link below:



About Catalent San Diego


Catalent San Diego, Inc. (Formerly Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc.) is a premier pharmaceutical chemistry development and manufacturing organization supporting the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Catalent San Diego focuses on bringing client drug compounds from discovery to the clinic with services that include analytical development, preformulation testing, formulation development, GMP manufacturing and stability storage and testing. At Catalent San Diego, we recruit and develop exceptional individuals with a passion for science and determination to excel. We offer a technically challenging and stimulating environment and the opportunity to learn from the best. We provide a generous benefits package, on-site gym and fitness programs, team sports, activities and competitive compensation.


About Catalent Pharma Solutions


Catalent offers rewarding opportunities to further your career!  Join the global drug development and delivery leader and help develop some of the nearly 200 products we launch each year or help supply over 7,000 products for patients around the world. Catalent is an exciting and growing international company where our professionals work directly with pharma, biopharma and consumer health companies of all sizes to advance new medicines from early development to clinical trials and to the market, for the benefit of patients globally.


Catalent. More products. Better treatments. Reliably supplied.™


Visit www.catalent.com/careers to explore career opportunities, or contact us at +1 877 503 9493.


Catalent is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email along with the job number and title to Jobs@catalent.com. This option is reserved for individuals who require accommodation due to a disability. Information received will be routed to a recruiter who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the application or hiring process.


Notice to Agency and Search Firm Representatives: Catalent Pharma Solutions (Catalent) is not accepting unsolicited resumes from agencies and/or search firms for this job posting.  Resumes submitted to any Catalent employee by a third party agency and/or search firm without a valid written & signed search agreement, will become the sole property of Catalent.  No fee will be paid if a candidate is hired for this position as a result of an unsolicited agency or search firm referral.  Thank you.


Job ID: 70820BR
Location: US - California - Carlsbad
Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.


How will you make an impact?

  • Perform daily exception management to drive favorable KPI performance and initiate corrective actions as required.
  • Recommend inventory, productivity, and service level improvement opportunities using analysis, reporting, and process flow understanding
  • Use PPI Business systems to drive continuous improvement by initiating cross-functional projects with defined deliverables to maximize supply chain performance.
  • Support analysis for procurement and related functions as necessary
  • Create presentations to report out to different levels of management


How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, business, engineering, or related field.



  • 2+ years of experience in procurement, supply or demand planning, inventory management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong analytical and proven problem solving abilities. Demonstrated experience in analyzing significant amounts of data and turning it into actionable information.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel
  • Understanding of relationships between the planning systems and the effects on the inventory and service levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to apply in communications with business partners, the field, and corporate personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently take ownership of initiatives and drive execution.
  • Agile, flexible and able to work in a fast moving, demanding environment and move from project to project as needed.
  • Sense of urgency and prioritization.
  • Ability to travel 30-50%.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to lead without authority
  • Strong Project Management Skills
  • APICS certification
  • Knowledge of SQL and Cognos preferred
  • Experience using methods to account for trend, seasonality and product life cycle changes.
  • Experience with complex supply chain, especially procurement, practices
  • Process improvement background (PPI, lean, six sigma, etc.)


At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.


Apply today! 


Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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