Saks Incorporated – Jackson, MS – Corporate Logistics 7/4 – 4/7

Systems Support Manager, Corporate Logistics

Credited with reducing overall operating costs by $5 million by partnering with IT, operations, and executive management to increase operational and technical efficiencies as Saks’ corporate logistics systems manager.

  • Partnered with a certified Unix expert and an Oracle DBA to deliver 99% uptime on 12 AIX servers that ran Saks’ distribution centers. Provided comprehensive 24-hour system maintenance with prompt system updates, off-site testing of patches, and essentially zero business interruption.
  • Provided real time, meaningful, web based reporting to company executives.  Created an internal website based on ASP and .net to gather data from Oracle and DB2 back ends.  Replaced static reports with real-time reports and developed customized analytical tools for individual distribution centers and VPs.
  • Created and managed $1 million of capital budgets for the logistics department.  Collaborated with departmental staff and executive management to align and prioritize logistics initiatives with management’s strategic company vision.
  • Utilized process improvement initiatives to achieve marked increases in reclaimed productivity annually at three distribution centers. Redesigned manifests and automated IT processes to increase accuracy and efficiencies of inventory management for individual stores and for the distribution centers.
  • Led the successful deconsolidation of departmental resources after the sale of hundreds of Saks’ regional department stores and chains to Bon Ton and Belk.  Achieved issue-free transfer of warehousing and conveyor systems to acquiring companies, oversaw the transfer of large data volumes, and trained personnel on utilizing the new systems.  Trusted adviser reporting directly to the VP of Operations and entrusted to participate in every meeting and conference call between Saks’ and acquirers’ VPs.

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