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					                                     VP Global Sourcing & Operations
                                          School Specialty, Inc.
                                           Appleton, Wisconsin
COMPANY        School Specialty, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHS) is a leading (revenue in excess of $1 billion)
DESCRIPTION:   education company that provides products, programs, and services that enhance
               student achievement and development. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin (a
               community widely known for its exceptional quality of life), School Specialty is the
               largest company in its industry with a 15% market share and over 100,000 product
               offerings. The Company serves the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade education
               market in the United States and Canada, and provides educators with supplemental
               learning products, furniture/equipment, general classroom consumables, and children’s
               publications. School Specialty employs approximately 3,000 full time associates, and
               has over 20 locations coast-to-coast, including eight distribution centers which ship
               over 21 million order lines annually.

               An industry consolidator, after nearly 50 acquisitions in the past 15 years, School
               Specialty is now a clear leader in the $8 billion highly fragmented supplemental
               educational market. Revenue has doubled since fiscal 1999, and revenue for fiscal
               2007 (closed 4-30-07) reached a record $1.04 billion. Through the first three quarters
               of fiscal 2008, the Company has delivered record top and bottom line results--$914
               million and $57 million respectively. Targeted acquisitions that offer proprietary
               products, enhanced brand recognition, and geographic or new segment entry, will
               continue to fuel School Specialty’s growth, as will the Company’s emphasis on the
               development of high margin/high content proprietary products. For more information
               on School Specialty and its family of brands, please visit: www.schoolspecialty.com.
THE NEED:      In recent years School Specialty has placed a great deal of emphasis on the
               development of a strong and reliable vendor base offshore, principally in Asia.

               Four years ago offshore sourcing accounted for $15 million in revenue, and today
               nearly $140 million of product is sourced offshore with another $70 million expected in
               fiscal 2009. The Company expects to internationally source 35% of its volume from
               international vendors by the end of fiscal 2010—currently the Company is
               internationally sourcing nearly 10,000 SKU’s through 150 vendors in China, and others
               in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.

               Given the Company’s clear emphasis on expanding its global sourcing effort, senior
               management has elected to aggressively recruit a seasoned VP of Global Sourcing &
               Operations to further develop the infrastructure which will allow the company to
               competitively import and export goods within international markets. This individual will
               report directly to the EVP of Supply Chain Management and will directly manage a
               team of sourcing managers (located in Appleton) and contracted employees on the
               ground in China, including a third party logistics organization.

               This individual will design and manage the global supply chain strategy and sourcing
               effort for the Company and its various divisions with the goal of improving overall
               product costs, product quality, fill rate, and logistics by optimizing the supply chain
               processes associated with globally sourced items. Emphasis will be placed on
               developing alternative sources for high transaction items, shortening international lead
               times, managing the consolidation of shipments in China, and managing the disposition
               of containers in North America. Developing appropriate metrics for managing these
                processes is also a key initiative.
REQUIREMENTS:   To quality for this outstanding opportunity, candidates must have some combination of
                the following skill sets, personal attributes, and professional
                background/accomplishments:

                       First and foremost, the successful candidate must be a well-rounded business
                       person and supply chain professional, capable of contributing to the strategic
                       development and implementation of corporate-wide supply chain initiatives that
                       may be outside the umbrella of purely “global sourcing.” This assumes a
                       demonstrated history of success in leading both domestic and international
                       supply chain management operations inclusive of sourcing/purchasing,
                       inventory management, and distribution center operations.

                      At least 15 years of increasingly responsible supply chain/supply chain
                       management experience gained in a like environment (e.g., a high volume
                       distributor or a high volume manufacturer with significant captive distribution
                       operations) to include at least five years in a senior role dealing with global
                       supply chain initiatives. Direct experience managing an offshore (preferably in
                       China) contract manufacturing network is required.

                       Solid interpersonal skills and equally solid management skills. This position
                       requires someone who can effectively interact with domestic merchandising
                       teams, purchasing/sourcing professionals, offshore contracted operatives, and
                       international vendors.

                      A strategic orientation, yet the willingness to drill deeply into detail as
                       necessary. In addition, the selected candidate must have conspicuous energy,
                       a “can do” attitude, and solid interpersonal, presentation, and communications
                       skills.

                      At minimum, an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline—an MBA,
                       while not required is an added plus.

                      The ability to travel (to 30%) domestically and internationally, sometimes for
                       extensive blocks of time.
CONTACT                                              Denise Moore
                                                      CES GROUP
                                                    608-644-1239
                                             denisemooresearch@gmail.com
                                          http://www.linkedin.com/in/dmsearch

				
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