Jorge Alvarez

Jorge Alvarez

Jorge has more than 20 years experience in global supply chain management with specific focus in Latin-America and Asia Pacific. His experience spans manufacturing, distribution, inbound/outbound logistics. Contributions include process improvement, strategy development, major account management, outsourcing, SAP implementation, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and freight cost management systems. He has met the challenge of leading complex supply chain transformations and outsourcing initiatives for a leading computer manufacturer. His efforts have delivered solutions that enabled company growth, maintained solid accountability without risk to ongoing operations.

One initiative outsourced 14 distribution centers in Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, India and Korea). Work included partner selection, contract negotiations, operations setup, process standardization and systems' upgrades (to SAP 4.6) and integration with a third party logistics warehouse management system. The result was a tripling of operations capacity and annual operating savings of $6 million. Another initiative consolidated 6 Brazilian distribution centers and delivered operating savings of $2.1 million. A third initiative outsourced distribution operations for a company's North American commercial segment, converted from a legacy system to SAP and delivered $1.4 million in annual savings.

Jorge has lead initiatives to outsource distribution operations, accomplish IT system conversions and implement EDI interfaces in global, cross-matrixed organizations. He is a skilled project manager with proven capability in managing multi-cultural, multi-region teams and in conflict resolution.

His areas of contribution have involved local and global organizations in all aspects of supply chain processes and account/vendor management. His leadership, team management style and understanding of ethnic nuisances and global supply chain challenges have lead to consecutive years of multi-million dollar savings for the companies he worked with. He has been especially successful in sensitive and complex environments.

Jorge is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has had the opportunity to live in Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Singapore and the US.

Jorge received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, he completed HP's Management Development Program. He is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and green belt, active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and a past president for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He is routinely invited as a speaker at professional societies and masters programs.

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