Gerald A. Braga is corporate manager of procurement for the North American Parts Operations group of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. of Torrence, Calif. TMS is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota in America.
NAPO was established to improve local parts sourcing, and serves as a parts distribution network to supply all North American Toyota distributors, as well as the export of North American-produced parts to foreign distributors worldwide.
Braga joined Toyota in 1999 and is responsible for the procurement of more than 1.1 billion service parts, business applications planning, supplier development, packaging, quality, parts configuration management and new model development for service parts. In addition, Braga is responsible for parts distribution operations at Japan-sourced parts procurement and supply operations.
In mid-2000 Braga spearheaded the Monarch Project. This $60 million e-business initiative is designed to integrate advanced software technology into Toyota´s parts and accessory supply network. With the implementation of these new systems and processes, by 2004 Toyota plans to reduce its standing inventory significantly and lower transportation costs considerably.
Toyota believes it can save $100 million over three years by increasing the level of accurate ordering and inventory management, Braga said in a recent Plastics News interview. Toyota buys more than $1 billion a year in service parts. Its top 25-30 suppliers represent about 80 percent of that product flow.
Prior to coming to Toyota, Braga was vice president of materials for Northrop Grumman Corp. in Century City, Calif.
Braga completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University, an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University Los Angeles.
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