While not formally trained within the Supply Chain discipline, Ryan has a strong passion for understanding and driving the business and has progressed through roles of increased responsibility during his tenure with Kohler Co. Ryan started his career with Kohler Company in 2005 as a Human Resource Professional. During his tenure in Logistics working as Sr. Project Analyst and Project Manager, he had developed his Supply Chain experience through responsibilities including managing all components of Supply Chain expenses (roughly 9% of net sales) including Financial and Capital Planning processes, managing backlog/shipping commitments and execution, and managing projects to reduce cost (several initiatives delivered annual savings greater than $1M).
Through an internal leadership program for emerging leaders, he was challenged with a Process Improvement Manager, Demand Management role in late 2011 with an initial focus being on retail Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR). During his tenure in this role, the forecasting team effectively drove process improvements resulting in a 30%+ reduction in forecast error which contributed to improved service levels (as measured from Kohler to our customers), improved in-stock % for our customers, a nearly 80% reduction in retail cuts (“cancellations” when they are out of stock), and improved inventory health (reduction in shortage/excess). His current position is Sales & Operations Planning Manager.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he earned Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Minor in Accounting along with specialized training in Kohler NXT Leadership Program (2011-2012) and Executive seminar in Logistics (2012) at Michigan State University.
About the Presentation:
The presentation will focus on the monthly S&OP processes including Demand, Supply, Inventory, and Service. Kohler runs SAP for both Demand & Supply Planning with additional reliance on SAS, Data Warehouse, Business Warehouse, and Microsoft Excel. While technology is an important component of any S&OP process, Kohler is not typically an early adopter of new technology. A key focus of Ryan’s roles over the past several years has been on how to appropriately leverage the technology they have and identify areas where additional tools would drive improved business performance.
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