Project Manager and SAP Implementation Leader @ Cargill
Value Capture Director of Risk Management & Sourcing @ Cargill
A highly skilled and recognized leader with over 14 years experience in all areas of supply chain management, procurement, logistics, pricing, and overall business/plant operations, Chad DiDonato is a recognized turnaround specialist and change management expert for struggling businesses, with an impressive track record of successful recoveries that has saved the organization millions of dollars while strengthening
A highly skilled and recognized leader with over 14 years experience in all areas of supply chain management, procurement, logistics, pricing, and overall business/plant operations, Chad DiDonato is a recognized turnaround specialist and change management expert for struggling businesses, with an impressive track record of successful recoveries that has saved the organization millions of dollars while strengthening employee engagement.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Supply Chain Management | Procurement | Project Management | Change Management | Best Practices Development and Implementation | Continuous Process Improvement and System Optimization | Employee Engagement | Business Planning, Projections, and Budgets | Merger/Acquisition/Transition Planning and Management | Management Training and Mentoring
Director - Global Procurement @ As the Global Sourcing Leader, Chad is responsible for driving the strategy and process development for procurement of direct materials through the development of strategic business relationships domestically and internationally. In collaboration with manufacturing, logistics, research & development and business units, he will lead the step change improvement of world class sourcing in order to deliver incremental total delivered cost efficiencies, security of supply, supplier innovation and process improvements. From May 2014 to Present (1 year 6 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaProject Manager and SAP Implementation Leader @ Tasked with creating a global Business Planning Process for a Platform comprised of two business units with more than 30 businesses across 40 countries consisting of 17,000 employees.
• Led the Business Simulation Team for the SAP Procure to Pay function for a business unit comprising 19 domestic flour milling facilities and two office locations
• Trained location teams in three facilities to successfully implement the Procure to Pay function of SAP
RESULTS: Led SAP business simulation for a large business unit with a 100% success rate, and orchestrated the successful “go live” of three facilities. From July 2013 to April 2014 (10 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaValue Capture Director of Risk Management & Sourcing @ Oversaw $25M in hard capture synergy savings following a $2.15B acquisition, with a focus on procurement and packaging processes across 41 global business units.
• Developed a detailed synergy tracking management and reporting process to deliver actionable data to Cargill executive leadership
• Implemented a highly successful vendor-managed inventory program for all U.S. poly packaging on a $30M annual spend
RESULTS: Established and implemented best practices for inventory management that yielded over $2+M in annual savings. From December 2011 to July 2013 (1 year 8 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaGlobal Supply Chain Manager @ The liason between the Business Unit and the Corporate functions of transportation, logistics, and warehousing and strategic sourcing for 45 global businesses across 31 countries, while simultaneously overseeing plant operations at a large midwest premix facility.
• Managed the Import/Export team
• Assumed responsibility for all U.S. packaging
• Developed a centralized ingredient procurement process that was rolled out nationwide
RESULTS: Turned around staff engagement at a key midwestern manufacturing location; established concrete best practices for the Import/Export team; and dramatically decreased the cost of the entire U.S. packaging supply chain achieving over $2M in annual savings. From July 2008 to December 2011 (3 years 6 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaInternational Managerial Consultant @ Led an international team that orchestrated the successful implementation of best practices for pricing, procurement, shrink, and month-end reconciliation at a struggling Swiss business.
• Implemented a management methodology as a result of a new operating system
• Strengthened employee engagement while leading the organization through a fundamental change in management
RESULTS: Exceeded executive expectations for the project in a single business quarter, helping the organization accelerate world class status from 25% to 63% in one year. From May 2008 to July 2008 (3 months) Cossonay, SwitzerlandBusiness Manager @ Directed all day-to-day business operations for two separate regions with $70-120 million in annual sales each, including logistics, procurement, formulation, pricing, customer service, credit, quality control, accounts receivable, budgeting and P&L reconciliation.
• Implemented a new A/R process that increased percent current and decreased overall receivables to best-in-class days sales outstanding at two locations
• Developed a management program that enhanced employee engagement while overseeing two major business acquisitions
RESULTS: Led the successful integration of a seven plant acquisition that doubled the region’s business, maximized ROI, and simultaneously improved employee engagement. From February 2002 to April 2008 (6 years 3 months) Syracuse, NY & Kansas City, KS
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) @ The Ohio State University From 1996 to 2000 Chad DiDonato is skilled in: Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain, Process Improvement, Logistics, Operations Management, Cross-functional Team..., Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Inventory Management, Food, Procurement, Purchasing, Business Planning, Leadership, Budgets, Sourcing, Training, Business Process, Pricing, Team Management, Risk Management, Sales, Management, Forecasting, Recruiting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Sourcing
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