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RssProcurement / Inventory / Supply Chain Executive Seeks Opportunity in Chicago Area

My name is Dennis Riordan. Throughout my career, my focus has been on the supply chain. I have become adept in budgeting, planning, forecasting, negotiating, procurement, warehousing, transportation and leading teams of skilled professionals ranging in size from 6 to 85 people. I can bring a variety of supply chain, inventory management and administration skills to the business arena. I can also work with other team members at all levels to identify and document relevant performance metrics and progress made toward company objectives. My past accomplishments are verifiable through my references, which I can provide upon request. Recently, I lost my job as VP of Inventory with Levy Home Entertainment due to a restructuring. Levy, is one of the largest book distributors in the US. I joined Levy a year ago after being recruited from NTN Bearing Corporation of America. I had been NTN’s Director of Operations for more than three years. Before that, I held executive positions with other major corporations including six years as Director of Purchasing and Systems with J. C. Whitney (automotive parts). While losing my job at Levy is a setback, it does afford me the opportunity to change my selection criteria so as to give the greatest consideration to companies and institutions that are carefully positioning themselves for future growth. My profile can be viewed on a professional networking site called If you have an interest please contact me at your earliest convenience. I can be reached either by email: or on my cell phone at (708) 207- 7360.


Tinley Park, IL

About Me


Merchandising, Purchasing & Retail



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Tinley Park, IL

Work Experiences

3/2008 - 3/2009

Levy Home Entertainment

Director / VP

  • I was responsible for the budgeting, procuremet, stewardship of inventory and the fill rate on customer orders. I directed a staff of 20, reorganized the deparment, and took out unnecessary costs.

3/2005 - 3/2008

NTN Bearing Corporation of America

Director / VP

  • At NTN I was responsible for optimal procurement, storage and allocation of product to Industrial and Automotive OEM and Aftermarket customers. As such, the role entails responsibility for accurate PO and receipt records, with stewardship of inventory, warehousing and outbound freight. Performance in Operations at NTN is measured by the ratio of outbound shipments of product vs. the business plan, and the extend to which excess inventory is managed out of the inventory with the maximum recovery.

9/2003 - 3/2005

Ziyad Brothers Importing

Director / VP

  • At Ziyad, my role was to: * Optimize corporate inventory investment and increase fill rate by 8% while increasing inventory turns from 5.0 to 5.5 * Establish inventory performance metrics appropriate for the business * Identify distress inventory and formulate a plan to strategically move it out * Implement best practices regarding forecasting, purchasing, vendor management and warehousing * Develop training material and training staff to conduct physical inventory

1/2002 - 3/2003

Collections, Etc.

Director / VP

  • Responsible for the item level demand forecasting and timely placement of purchase orders (in most cases to China) for finished goods to be sold direct to customers via catalog and internet channels. . While at Collections, I accomplished the following: * Developed a corporate inventory plan – key to space planning during peak seasons * Worked with other team leaders to develop functional specifications for future forecasting software * Coordinated office renovation project w/ contractors * Identified 3 forecasting software providers and orchestrated product evaluations from which one was selected * Established all service level and inventory turn objectives * Was responsible for procurement of packaging materials * Identified “distress inventory” and worked to w/management staff to orchestrate a “warehouse sale” to obtain the highest possible asset recovery * Incorporated best procurement practices and trained staff of 9

10/1995 - 10/2001

J.C. Whitney

Director / VP

  • Responsible for all aspects of corporate purchasing function incl. budgeting inventory levels and demand planning. Also responsible for the timely capture, entry and integrity of item info in data base [typically auto parts, suppliers, and prices]. While at J.C. Whitney, I was able to: * Develop and implement an inventory plan to reduce back order costs while increasing fill rates and optimizing inventory * Institute vendor performance tracking and reporting for the 60 highest-impact vendors * Reduce existing staff by 21% while absorbing responsibility for office admin. in addition to procurement and liquidation * Orchestrate a master purchasing schedule to support the relocation of our D.C. while minimizing service level degradation * Formulate three new administrative support teams: a) office services b) item attribute data base, c) Internet support (total staff of 35 w/ 7 direct reports) * Co-manage user development and installation of company-wide order mgmnt. software



Bachelor Degree

Chicago State University

  • Management


Associate Degree

Mayor Daley College

  • Liberal Arts / Architecture