Shari Ahlers- Purchasing/Inventory Control

Posted 3 years ago

Shari Ahlers


                      Purchasing / Inventory Control                               


Experienced, self-motivated professional with a proven track record of process improvement through team building with strong computer, interpersonal and analytical skills



Professional Experience


Sumitomo Rubber, USA (SRUSA)  Buffalo, NY                                                                        July 2014 – July 2017                    

Leading global manufacturer of tires and rubber products


Purchasing Manager                 


  • Responsible for the cost negotiation, supplier development and qualification for procurement of

        $13 million in spare parts and raw material

  • Led a team in development, validation, testing, training and implementation of customized MRP system (SAP) working closely with consultants to drive the process which took 18 months to realize
  • Targeted a unit cost reduction of 2% annually, measured and reported monthly with KPI analysis
  • Managed a transition from Goodyear to Sumitomo Rubber from a joint venture to separation which resulted in the insourcing of all procurement activities from a centralized buying center
  • Conducted a Vendor Conference with 65 suppliers that represented 75% of the annual spend for the purpose of introducing the new company, it’s philosophy, explaining the growth and investment of $87 million into the business
  • Proposed a Storeroom expansion project which would increase floor space by 50% to allow for the aggressive growth plans set out by the corporation
  • Worked in close coordination with Production, Engineering, Accounts Payable, Finance, and Maintenance to ensure necessary material flow for a 1 million square foot facility which operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week


Operations Manager

Exel Logistics (DHL Supply Chain)

Global third-party logistics supplier performing Procurement, Receiving, and logistics for Goodyear Tire Company

  • Utilized SAP system to create purchase orders, manage storeroom inventory, and assist Accounts Payable team in improving payment accuracy
  • Managed ten associates including target setting and performance reviews
  • Maintained and updated Material BOM for the plant
  • Selected to be hired directly by host company when the joint venture between SRUSA and Goodyear was dissolved
  • Familiar with DOT regulations
  • Communicated and ensured adherence to routing guides for inbound material
  • Supervised the Receiving departments
  • Accountable to track objectives with monthly KPI analysis


Inner Health and WELLNESS BUFFALO, NY                                                                          Jan 2012 – June 2014

Sales Consultant                  

  • Developed and presented individualized wellness plans to patients
  • Created purchase order for materials with cost and Just in Time inventory principles
  • Managed and trained office staff including payroll
  • Promoted the business through networking and trade shows


General Motors / Delphi   Buffalo, NY and Dayton, OH                                  July 1990 – December 1999

Materials Management Supervisor

  • Supervised Shipping and Receiving including office staff, truckers, and warehouse clerks
  • Responsible for shipping transactions and physical handling of $500 million per year in finished goods
  • Managed truckers in a strong UAW environment with often contentious labor relations
  • Promoted Safe work habits and implemented team safety awareness campaigns

Production Supervisor

  • Supervised a team of 50 production workers in a high volume, fast paced work environment
  • Nominated to Factory Management Council and frequently presented key performance indicators to plant executive committee

Production scheduler and expediter

  • Responsible for ordering over $100 mil per year of direct material for multiple automotive component manufacturing lines operating on all shifts
  • Worked well with suppliers to resolve delivery issues and accommodate schedule changes
  • Reported to production and plant leadership team when there were supplier problems and worked on solutions with the team



Purdue University West Lafayette, IN                                                                                                                       May 1990

Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership/Technology


Volunteer Activities


USTA tennis captain for 4 teams throughout the year                                                                                 2010-2018

Director of Junior Development, Dorval Tennis Club, Quebec                                                                 2008-2010

Board of Directors, Clarence Soccer Club                                                                                                           2005 – 2008

PTO President and Recording Secretary                                                                                                            2003 – 2008


Technical Skills


SAP Proficient

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), AS400, Oracle

APICS certified, 1998

Job Features

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