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"Why S&OP Success Is So Elusive -
Technical, Organizational, Cultural & Behavioral Elements of Successful S&OP"

Presented by Alan G. Dunn
President GDI Conslting & Training Company

October 16, 2019

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If there is so much available information about S&OP and so many scholars promoting it, why do so many companies report that their S&OP processes perform marginally, at best?  Why do so many companies that have implemented S&OP report NO SIGNIFICANT improvements in forecasts and even less improvement in MPS driven efficiencies?  Why do so many S&OP tools and systems not result in the benefits that were promised?

In this presentation, participants will learn how to build an S&OP organization that really works.  This includes a description of the expectations on key S&OP players, as well as minimum accountabilities.  Participants will also learn how to create a physical S&OP Mission Control Center that provides necessary tools, workspace and communications capabilities to effectively execute S&OP.  Perhaps the most provocative element of this presentation, the presenter will demonstrate the benefits of an S&OP Mission Control Center, how to organize one and how to leverage enabling technology.

At the conclusion of this presentation; technical, organizational, cultural and behavioral impediments to S&OP success will be summarized so that participants can return to their respective companies and begin fixing their marginalized S&OP process.  Participants will receive:

■   A detailed Competency Model describing EXACT expectations of a world-class Chief Forecaster.

■   A detailed Competency Model describing EXACT expectations of a world-class Master Production Schedule.

■   A diagram of well-constructed S&OP Mission Control Center.

Arrow Down Why should you attend?

We encourage participants to bring their counterparts in the supply/demand management equation. We also encourage all supply chain professionals and their counterparts in marketing and sales to attend. S&OP is a collaborative process between those who initiate and manage demand, and those who are tasked with supplying to that demand.  It would be good for all members of these parties to hear the same message!

Arrow Down About our speaker

Alan G. Dunn is President of GDI Consulting & Training Company and is the founding sponsor of the Manufacturing Executive Institute (MEI), a manufacturing industry training provider. Before founding GDI, Mr. Dunn was a Vice President at Gemini Management Consulting and a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). In both positions, Mr. Dunn was responsible for leading large teams of technical manufacturing consultants in innovative productivity enhancement projects. For the ten years prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Dunn was President, (and Founder) of ADI, a successful systems implementation consulting and training company that Mr. Dunn sold to Coopers & Lybrand in 1990.

Alan Dunn
Alan Dunn

In addition to his 40 years of technical and management consulting experience, Mr. Dunn has several years of line leadership experience in manufacturing environments. He has extensive background in most functions within manufacturing companies and has participated in over 150 manufacturing and distribution consulting projects in over 100 companies.

Mr. Dunn has consulted in more than 20 countries and across most manufacturing industrial sectors. Mr. Dunn regularly presents executive workshops at the Center for Technology & Management Education (CTME) of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. He also instructs and manages the CTME Next Generation Global Supply Chain Leadership Certificate Program at Caltech. Mr. Dunn is also a regular instructor at the Manufacturing Executive Institute (MEI), where he presents numerous workshops and web-enabled training programs. Over the duration of his career, Alan has developed and presented a significant number of multi-day executive workshops at numerous other venues throughout the world.

Mr. Dunn has substantial experience in organization governance; having served on numerous private, public and non-profit Boards of Directors. Substantial current and past Board of Director positions include

  • Idaho Asphalt Supply… private manufacturer… current Independent Director + Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
  • Bystrom Bros… private manufacturer… past Independent Director + Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
  • Natural Alternatives International… public-traded manufacturer, (NASDAQ: NAII)… current Independent Director + Member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees.
  • Tools & Metals… private distributor… past Independent Director + Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
  • Air Logistics Corp… private manufacturer… past Independent Director.
  • Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)… world’s largest not-for-profit professional association for supply chain professionals (previously known as APICS) … Past Chair of the Board – 2015, Chair Elect – 2014, Board Member – 2012 thru 2013. Also served in the Orange County ASCM Chapter as President in 1983 & 1984.

Mr. Dunn holds a BA degree in business management from California State University in Fullerton. He is also qualified by ASCM as a Certified Practitioner in Inventory & Production Management (CPIM). Mr. Dunn remains an active and engaged professional member of ASCM, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Council of Corporate Directors (NACD).


Arrow Down Future Meetings

November 20, 2019

- Coming soon

December 2019

- No meeting in December

January 15, 2020

- Coming soon

February 19, 2020

- Coming soon

March 18, 2020

- Coming soon

April 15, 2020

- Coming soon

May 20, 2020

- Coming soon

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LOCATION: Double Tree Club Hotel
ADDRESS: 7 Hutton Centre Drive,
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