June 2017 Print

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

Back to top

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

Back to top

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

Back to top

Classified Ads


Please apply using this link: https://careers-anothersource.icims.com/jobs/2980/job?mode=job&iis=SOURCE&iisn=APICS

OR send resume to [email protected]


Another Source’s client, University of California Office of the President (UCOP), is recruiting a Strategic Sourcing Manager to join its Life Sciences Procurement Services team. This is a remote position currently, though it will be located at one of the ten UC campuses once restrictions are lifted.  


Here’s a little about the University of California’s Procurement Services and the position they are recruiting for: 


This is an exciting, high impact opportunity to be a part of UCOP’s transformational Procurement Services team where your innovation is welcomed. As a Strategic Sourcing Manager, you will help our systemwide procurement group save the university over $500 million annually through procurement strategies and programs. Learn more about the Procurement Services team here: https://www.ucop.edu/procurement-services/ 


In addition to achieving international recognition, the UC system recently launched a new, streamlined website to assist in procurement. Take a look for yourself! https://calusource.net/ 


If the opportunity to join a highly effective team, to impact one of the world’s leading university systems, and to grow and develop in your career aren’t enough to get you excited, take a look at the UC’s exceptional benefit package - https://youtu.be/iuwAaUlgHjY 


The role: 


The Life Sciences Center of Excellence is responsible for establishing and implementing system-wide commodity procurement strategies including commodity management, strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier relationship management, utilization management and demand management. The Commodity Manager leads the development and implementation of these system-wide commodity procurement strategies for the University of California.  
Working with a high degree of autonomy as a Commodity Center of Excellence (COE) team member under the direction of the COE Manager, you will implement strategic sourcing opportunities and strategies that meet the needs of the University’s campuses, leverage annual category spend in the range of $300-$800 million and produce best-in-class supplier contracts and supplier relationships. You’ll work within a virtual team environment through all aspects of a sourcing initiative.  You'll analyze spend by commodity using appropriate business metrics, modifying strategies to maintain flexibility in responding to new opportunities or changing University business needs. You'll participate in the development of a forecasted sourcing/projects pipeline that prioritizes sourcing initiatives to pursue and tracks significant on-going cost savings, and execute against the overall plan. Additionally, you'll also be responsible for developing and maintaining category specific knowledge including leading practices and trends. 


Experience you bring to the team: 


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. 


  • 7+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, procurement or related experience such as Global 1000 enterprise sales or product management.  


  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated high level of product/service expertise including leading negotiations for the Life Sciences category. Builds and maintains credibility as an expert within a specific category with key stakeholders. 


  • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative team environment, building consensus, promoting an exchange of information among technical and business collaborators and leading stakeholder teams and multi-party negotiations.  


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using various proven negotiation methods, and the ability to critically analyze a negotiation. Advanced experience with cost modeling and related financial analyses or experience in mathematical modeling of large data sets including operations research methodologies such as regression analysis or linear programming. 


  • Demonstrated knowledge in the development of opportunity assessments, category profiles, and strategic sourcing plans.  


  • Demonstrated ability to lead and advise cross-organization workgroups.  


  • Very strong customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate work with others, both internally and externally, to accomplish tasks. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, including the effective presentation of strategies and progress to clients, stakeholders and leadership. 


  • Demonstrated experience in use of Microsoft suite of productivity applications with a minimum of 3 years' experience with preparing spreadsheets for analytical purposes. 


  • In-depth knowledge of strategic sourcing policies, practices and systems. 


  • In-depth knowledge of life science sourcing category. 


  • Professional certification preferred. 


The University of California 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, age or protected veteran status. 


Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the recruiting process. 




Directs Planners, Master Scheduler and Material Coordinator team to establish production schedules and ensure that actual production meets scheduled requirements. Responsibilities include controlling various load factors to ensure maximum usage of available capacity taking into account available labor, tools & equipment. Coordinate production and product specification requirements for finished products and the needs for materials and labor.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Create a Master Production Schedule that satisfies customer demand with optimum inventory levels & resource utilization.
* Establish production schedules including material procurement and supplier manufacturing schedules.
* Coordinate customer requirements with Sales & Marketing and manufacturing resources.
* Accountable for maintaining all delivery commitments to customers.
* Assist with revenue and delivery forecasts based on the Master Schedule and capacity utilization.
* Establish and maintain a "working line of communication" with all company functions.
* Analyze the supply and demand balance for products, determine out-of-balance conditions, identifying alternatives and recommending action(s) for approval.
* Develop and manage annual functional budget for the Planning/Master Scheduling organization.
* Participate in physical inventories as necessary.
* Participate in management projects and other ad hoc analyses as needed.

Other Duties

* Miscellaneous functional or global projects or tasks as assigned.


* AA or BS Degree in Business Administration or Supply Chain Management or equivalent work experience.
* APICS certification is highly desired.
* Must have 10 years industry experience in manufacturing scheduling & planning.
* Must understand and be able to manage a project schedule for non-recurring activities.
* Must understand production flow principles and processes.
* Familiarity with all Microsoft Applications. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Previous management experience in a high volume environment.
* Project Leadership skills is a plus.


A Lead Customer Service Representative provides exceptional order to invoice customer relations experience for assigned accounts. Works with customers to manage product availability and shipment consolidation in an effort to satisfy their requirements. Oversees Customer Service Representative team to propose and implement continuous improvement initiatives.



  • Maintains a safe and healthy workplace for employees in compliance with all applicable laws, and regulations. Promotes a positive attitude towards safety.  Adheres to the requirements of safety policies as well as safety rules, instructions and procedures.
  • Coordinates information flow, orders, and shipments to meet shipping goals of the customer(s) and division(s).
  • Produces and distributes order management reports to customers to optimize consolidation of truckload shipments.
  • Processes shipments for international customers in accordance with US and EMEA export regulations.
  • Supports and interacts with sales and marketing, buyers and planners, distribution centers, credit, and traffic to facilitate order requirements.
  • Performs customer credits, debits, warranties, change pricing and internal audits.
  • Maintains knowledge of Toro products by company-provided training.
  • Maintains best in class responsiveness to correspondence with internal and external customers.
  • Identifies and communicates any issues which would delay or impede prompt shipment of orders.
  • Documents and updates departmental procedures as needed.
  • Completes ongoing learning and education to ensure competence with growing and changing needs of the corporation.
  • Practices continuous improvement by identifying opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste. May participate in continuous improvement events.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications or related subject preferred.



  • Minimum 2-3 years related customer service experience is required.



  • Experience with order related systems; SAP and product knowledge and configurations desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bi-lingual English/Spanish required.
  • Ability to organize, assemble, and arrange resources to meet goals.
  • Skilled data entry and system navigation skills.
  • Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations, remaining focused on the ultimate objective.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support interaction and development of relationships with a wide-range of internal and external customers.
  • Capacity to work independently as well as within a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Proficent in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience in Supply Chain Management / Lean Operations desired.


Website Apply Link:  https://jobs.silkroad.com/Toro/Careers/jobs/4034



Join us and make your mark on the future of healthcare! Help bring fast and convenient access to health information to homes and healthcare professionals. We make self-serve tests that deliver results to mobile devices in minutes.

Cue Health Inc. is seeking to hire a full-time Production Manager Cartridge. The strategic individual will lead and direct the operations of Cue’s cartridge and packaging operations across 3 manufacturing sites. The Production manager is responsible to achieve key manufacturing KPIs and quality metrics across all areas of responsibility. The Production Manager will manage day to day operation of 24/7 manufacturing teams with the focus on achieving efficiencies at all levels the process. Working with the senior operations team this individual will take the leadership role to streamline manufacturing, implement lean processes and maintain compliance to both FDA and ISO standards.


  • Responsible for coordination of production activities for a 24/7 at 3 facilities in the automated assembly and packaging departments.
  • Oversee all levels of staff activity and performance to meet desired production goals
  • Develop processes to increase productivity and enhance performance
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are followed at all times
  • Screen, interview and manage the onboarding process of new hires
  • Provide training and educational materials to staff as necessary
  • Monitor equipment and ensure that they are in good working order
  • Ensure compliance to ISO and FDA regulations
  • Implement of lean manufacturing in the manufacturing process
  • Manage departmental budgets and control operational variances



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations, Business Administration, or Life Sciences or related field
  •  10+ years’ manufacturing management experience and at least 5 years working with multiple product lines and multiple shifts.
  • In-depth understanding of molecular diagnostic product manufacturing is highly preferred
  • Medical device manufacturing or clinical experience is strongly preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of lean manufacturing process including 6 sigma and lean 6 sigma , preferable within the diagnostic or medical device industry
  • Advanced knowledge of ERP systems, MES, QMS and automation processes.
  • Effective verbal and written communication with the ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations
  • Excellent math skills, strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with GMP and ISO requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all levels of management and to interface well with cross-functional teammates


Contact Information
Joel Stern
[email protected]


As a Senior Manufacturing Planner at Invivoscribe you will be responsible for planning all of the manufacturing starting from raw material purchase through QA release. S/he will assure that all products are manufactured adhering to existing Quality System Regulations and are accompanied by appropriated documentation. Additionally, the Senior Manufacturing Planner will participate in ERP implementation and planning.

More specifically:

  • Implementation and maintenance of the Planning module in ERP.
  • Plan and schedule all manufacturing builds, QC testing, and QA release.
  • Assist in overseeing the manufacturing, QC, and QA schedules.
  • Collecting and providing metrics on manufacturing, QC and QA as they pertain to the manufacture of product.
  • Assist in the maintenance of appropriate inventory levels of raw materials and manufactured materials. Verify that all materials necessary are available for manufacturing at the planned manufacturing date.
  • Provide 12 month planning schedules for departments to use for budgeting purposes.
  • Works with internal departments (R&D, QC, LabPMM, etc) in developing a consumption schedule for manufactured items.
  • Works with Sales and Marketing in developing a sales forecast for manufacturing with an enphasis on minimizing scrap and backorders while improving efficiency.
  • Works with Project Management in developing a manufacturing schedule that meets project deadlines, budgets, other business constraints.
  • Works with suppliers of core raw materials to ensure quality, quantity, and availability (through ordering lead times).
  • Participate in management teams such as, but not limited to, the Design Core Team, Material Review Board, Design Review Board, and Management Review Team.


Skills and Experience Required:

  • B.S. degree in a scientific discipline and 5+ years applicable experience to include experience in implementing a planning module in an ERP or related system, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of a manufacturing environment, including use of SOPs, ERP systems and purchasing specifications. Experience in a GMP regulated industry desired.



Apply Here


The purchasing manager directs and coordinates all activities related to procurement of materials
and distributed products while driving supplier performance improvement through the
development of partnerships. In addition, the purchasing manager will oversee department ISO
and sourcing processes. This role will drive continuous improvement efforts with a focus on lean
methodologies. The ideal candidate will work well within a team environment while acting as the
liaison between all internal and external stakeholders.


• Plans, organizes, directs and controls all activities related to procurement function
• Provide purchasing support for new product development, supply chain strategies and
supply chain concepts
• Train and mature the team in areas of procurement best practices, effective
communication, and organizational goals. Build each individual’s critical thinking skills and
problem solving abilities, utilize leader standard work, and develop a highly skilled
• Collaborate with other departments for continuous improvement efforts, project
implementation, and problem solving. Lead cross-functional teams as required to
accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
• Lead the continuous improvement effort utilizing lean back-office management tools.
Reduce waste along the value stream and implement productivity improvements that
align with the organization’s strategic goals. Manage performance utilizing standard
KPI’s and reporting tools

• Support the organization’s lean transformation effort through department lean maturity.
Own and cultivate the department’s lean/continuous improvement culture utilizing a
servant leadership approach. Teach lean concepts and methods, assuring
understanding and effective implementation of tools.
• Manage an efficient and comprehensive supplier selection process driving the team
towards a timely decision with risks identified
• Achieve mutually beneficial partnerships with Biotix suppliers. Conduct vendor
management activities including supplier scorecards, risk assessments, development
plans and audits (onsite and virtual)
• Lead cross functional vendor management initiatives to drive improvement in overall
supplier performance and pricing
• Support the Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning process through timely material
availability, stocking levels and updates on potential shortages
• Ensure procurement team maintains all aspects of ISO compliance through continuous
review of processes and procedures along with training of key personnel
• Execute the daily sterilization function to include processing, qualification efforts for new
production families as well as dose audits
• Cooperation and implementation of Procurement Excellence Standards
• Adhoc reporting and analysis as required for various departments/executives

• BS degree in related field or 4-6 years related experience and/or training or equivalent
combination of education and experience with a minimum 2 years prior supervisory
• APICS certification highly desired: CPIM, CSCP or similar training
• Experience within the life sciences industry; manufacturing environment, ISO 13485
and/or FDA regulated business preferred
• Supplier management experience with emphasis on developing suppliers performance
and fostering productive partnerships
• Outstanding interpersonal skills in working closely with internal customers, partners and
team members
• Excellent analytical, written, oral, and presentation skills
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize effectively
• Adept at building and leveraging relationships across functional levels
• Exceptional judgement with effective problem resolution skills
• Takes initiative to drive process improvements
• Self-starter that can accomplish objectives with minimal supervision
• High attention to detail
• Proficiency with Microsoft excel, access, word and power point

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. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this job, the employee spends a considerable amount of time
working at a desk with a computer. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk; use
hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee must be able to visually
distinguish detail and other fine characteristics of materials and objects. The employee is
occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee
must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, Specific vision abilities required by this job
include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of
those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

Apply Here

Back to top