Jim Matthews, an Oliver Wight principal, is a consultant and educator providing companies with guidance in Integrated Business Planning (Advanced S&OP), Demand Management, and CPFR® (Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment).
With over 25 years of experience in general management, demand, supply chain, and mergers and acquisitions, Jim has a deep understanding of how to recognize opportunities and work with clients to establish plans that deliver sustainable results.
Jim has worked in all geographic regions with companies spanning many industries, including Mondelez and General Mills (CPG); Tiffany, Lixil, and Pure Fishing (retail); DowDupont, Valspar/Sherwin Williams, FMC, and Simmons (industrial); IBM, Blackberry, Celestica, and Lucent Technologies (high tech); Apotex (Pharmaceutical); DirecTV and Bell Canada (services). He is known for his partnership at all levels and passion for client success. This includes helping clients establish effective linkage and alignment between functions and management levels leading to better execution and results.
Jim is an advocate of establishing clarity of vision and early executive alignment. This includes a clear understanding of current gaps, agreement on appropriate solutions, proper resourcing, and a documented “case for change”. He helps leadership operationalize their strategy and draw strong links to their desired business and financial objectives. This often means finding fast and effective ways of achieving revenue/margin growth and improving asset performance with focus in the areas of customer performance, demand management, inventory optimization, resource and supply management, and effective KPI design.
Jim earned his MBA from McMaster University and is a frequent speaker at many industry conferences.