Saliya Witharana

Freelance Project Manager & Business Consultant

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Location:Tempe, Arizona, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/saliyawitharana
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Executive Profile
Business executive with unique experience in both enterprise operations and management consulting with a record of accomplishments across global operations, business development, end to end supply chain operations, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, strategy setting and program management of large scale transformations at multiple Fortune 100 companies. Recognized for delivering results, solving complex problems, bringing thought leadership and having solid business acumen.

Key competencies include:
• Operations and Business Strategy • IT project management and implementation (CRM)
• Enterprise cost reduction • Project management and implementation (PMO)
• P&L Accountability • Managing complex global programs
• Data analysis and Problem solving • Change Management, adoption and deployment
• Business process transformation • Performing in a matrix structure

Key Accomplishments
• Managed and delivered multiple end to end CRM implementation / IT projects at Fortune 100 clients.
• Drove operating model transformation of a global client with over 10K personnel including Adoption, Deployment and Change Management, utilizing KPIs to monitor progress and assure success.
• Influenced client’s executive steering committee to change decision from building a manufacturing plant in EMEA to a site in Asia Pacific based on comprehensive Supply Chain Risk Assessment (SCRM).
• Developed an innovative sourcing strategy that took advantage of combining product design with supplier technology capabilities resulting in 8-10% cost reduction
• Championed multi organization value realization project combining design to cost, supplier integration, re-setting quality and reliability targets, and DFMA optimization to achieve over $500M in cost savings.
• Re-organized global supply chain operating model from a fragmented structure into a high performance team by streamlining communications and empowering decision making resulting 30% cost savings.

Professional Experience
Independent Management Consultant – Phoenix, AZ 9/2014 – Present Specializing in program and project management, developing project recovery plans, implementing PMO, supply chain assessment and recommendations, product development, NPI, negotiations, change management, business advisory, operations management, and business coaching.

Accenture 5/2010 to 9/2014
Senior manager - Management Consulting - Communications, Media and Technology (CMT)
Responsible for shaping and leading the business solution implementation, analyzing and solving customer issues, managing program financials and project deliverables. Responsibilities also included deal structuring, client business advisory role, executive communications and developing new opportunities.
Select customer engagement projects:
• Leading Cloud Computing/Software Client: PMO / Engagement lead responsible for driving end to end CRM capability implementation. Integrate CRM operating model of newly acquired company with parent company marketing cloud including design, build, test, user approval and change management.
• Leading Technology Client: Global PMO / Engagement lead for CRM implementation project with multiple work streams and oversight of 30 member joint team. Developed cost reduction blueprint to surpass $100M target. Influenced divisional leadership to accept incremental opportunities totaling $25M.
• Leading Oil Field Services Client: PMO / Engagement lead - Design and implement end-to-end Supply Chain Organization including overall business plan, site recommendation, strategic sourcing plan, transportation and logistics model, warehouse plans, supplier contracts negotiations and staffing model.
• Leading Global Energy Client: US Operations PMO / Engagement lead - Managed organizational transformation by driving adoption/deployment and change management of new standards and procedures across all administrative and field operations with over 10K personnel.

PPt America (Acquired by Unimicron - Taiwan) – Phoenix, AZ 7/2007 – 10/2009
Vice President / General Manager North America
P&L responsibilities for operations with over $200M in sales revenue. Managed offices in CA and AZ including setting annual budget, account planning, business strategy, talent acquisition, general administration and total compensation.
• Increased sales revenue by 10% during economic downturn.

Samsung Corporation – Electro Mechanics USA – Phoenix, AZ 1/2005 – 7/2007
Director – Sales and New Business Development
Responsible for account planning, sales and marketing strategy, customer collaboration and being strategic liaison between customer and product development team.
• Drove restructuring and alignment of corporate R&D strategy to match customer technology roadmap resulting in several key design wins and 10% revenue increase.

Intel Corporation – Phoenix, AZ 3/1993 – 11/2004 Director –Global Assembly Contract Operations – Supply Chain
Responsible for managing subcontractor operations exceeding $700M, setting annual budget using ZBB guidelines, new technology development and NPI, operating plan, sourcing and procurement strategy, value realization activities, contract negotiations, vendor performance and risk mitigation plans.
• Developed an innovative sourcing strategy that took advantage of product line design features with supplier technology capabilities, resulting in improved terms and conditions and 8-10% cost reduction.
• Re-organized global supply chain operating model from a fragmented structure into a high performance team by streamlining communications and empowering decision making resulting in reducing cycle time by 30% and across the board cost reductions

Director - Global Supply Chain Operations – Direct Materials
Responsible for managing direct materials supply chain operations including sourcing and procurement strategy, supplier development, value creation, supplier collaboration, supplier performance management, logistics, sales and operations planning, network and inventory optimization, transportation and contract negotiations. The global supply chain network included 5 suppliers with 15 factories across 5 countries supporting multiple Intel assembly sites.
• Championed multi organization value realization project combining design to cost, supplier integration, re-setting quality and reliability targets, and DFMA optimization to achieve over $500M in cost savings.
• Built and led core competency team that provided on-site operations expertise to global suppliers resulting in 20-25% increased yield and 20-30% reduction in cycle time and production costs
• Negotiated $50M commitment from supplier to install product specific manufacturing line.
• Successfully managed multiple new technology development programs into high volume manufacturing in excess of several million units per month, with zero quality excursions.

Education
• MBA – W.P Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
• BS – Chemical Engineering. California State University – Northridge, California.