Cem Kazan (MSc)
Lean Thinker Supply Chain Expert

Career Objective

High skilled, lean thinker and analytical Industrial Engineer with +9 years of experience, Master of Science degree and history of successes and rewards. Aiming to orchestrate projects for designing and implementing advanced lean strategies and systems in order to increase productivity, quality, and profitability while minimizing non-value added times and all kind of wastes with the help of current developments in information technologies and industrial engineering literature. Hand-on skills of computer programing, creativity and innovative ideas support accomplishing state-of-the-art and best performance projects.


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08.2019 - Cont.         Founder - Senior Consultant

CK Consulting, Istanbul, TURKEY

General Management
  • Gives consultancy services to their clients for process improvement, lean system design and implementation, sustainability, strategic planning and corporate management. To help digitalization processes of their clients, works on advanced optimization problems to put forth software solutions: developed tools for production planning, route optimization, supply chain management, warehouse management, and forecasting. Conducted projects with Sancaktepe Municipality, Nacetech Teknoloji ve Ticaret A.Ş., The Art of Bakery, and had a partnership with Divigroup Italy to manage SOL system of Vodafone TR.

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07.2018 - 03.2019         Sourcing Hub Specialist

Medtronic, Istanbul, TURKEY

Indirect Supply Chain Management
  • Medtronic is the global leader of medical technology services, and solutions that operates from more than 370 locations in approximately 160 countries. For a project based temporary position, worked in the indirect supply chain management. Inside this big family, managed sourcing projects of Turkey by following the global company policies while facing with the economic fluctuations in the domestic market. Interrelated, evaluated and managed suppliers. Made online auctions by using SAP-ARIBA. Concluded more than fifteen sourcing projects and saved more than 2 million TL.

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07.2013 - 12.2017     Project Manager / Supply Chain Specialist

Arcelik A.S., Istanbul, TURKEY

Demand & Production Planning Department
  • Forecasted sales amounts with over 90% accuracy and accordingly prepared master plans for Cayirova, Russia, and China washing machine plants. By using these plans, as a supply chain team, reduced and maintained days in inventory under 10 days, exceeded sales budget in 2014, 2015 and 2016, broke and then improved the all-time record of monthly sales and production amounts in 2016 and 2017 for washing machines. Furthermore, at various times, drafted master plans of Thailand refrigerator, Cerkezkoy dryer machine, and Ankara dishwasher plants.
  • From 2014 to 2016, managed "A-B Forecast / Order Classification" project that prioritizes production requirements in the SKU-customer base, and "Blocked Stock Monitoring Screens Integration" project that is used to control and plan re-work of blocked stocks. Set out and started to calculate new related KPIs, boosted export sales OTIF level over 90%.
  • Supplied sales projections for calculation of feasible product allocations between washing machine plants in order to capacity utilization of facilities, so that sales amount of China plant exceeded the targeted amount of half million in 2016 and 2017.
  • Headed "Privacy-Preserving Computing in the Cloud" project (an EU project with participation of SAP, Cyber Estonia, Intel and universities from Holland, Portugal, and Italy) during 2013 - 2016, provided user cases and deliverable packages. Arcelik received more than € 200,000 from the project as a non-refundable grant investment.
  • Coordinated SOP integration of China, Thailand and Romania facilities and SNP integration of Ankara and Cayirova facilities between 2015 and 2017, guided software development process of these platforms, defined role of each user in these systems, prepared user-manuals and trained +100 users to improve the efficiency of the team. Each integration was completed less than a quarter year without any major problem.
  • Published ”Coordination Reports" (for executive board meetings), "3 Months Overview Reports" (for whole company) and "Production and Shipment Reports" (for Supply Chain Department) regularly and on time.
  • Collaborated with various units of the company; supported order management team as taking the order management responsibility of Russia region in the first half of 2014, participated preparation process of annual budgets and long-term strategic plans where potential growth areas in markets were pointed out, took role in product phase-in/out projects, and chaired arrangement of Demand Planning tool for Beko Australia and New Zealand sales team.

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04.2012 - 08.2012     Business Analyst

Rocket Internet, Istanbul, TURKEY

Direct Report to CEO
  • Inside the operation area, conducted different projects in order to decrease cargo expenses, increase efficiency of shipping processes, increase the number of picked items per unit time, decrease the door-to-door time of cross products and organize the processes of photo studio.

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11.2011 - 04.2012     Management Trainee

A-101 Yeni Magazacilik A.S., Istanbul, TURKEY

System Development Department
  • For forecasting product requirements of stores and managing transfer operations of products from warehouses to stores, with a team of four, accomplished integration of Novosoft Warehouse Management System and Solvoyo Order Decision Support projects. Spearheaded Novosoft project and put it into practice in Corlu warehouse.

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09.2010 - 06.2011     Intern Engineer

Ulusoy Electric A.S., Ankara, TURKEY

Production Planning Department
  • For the Production System Design course, as a group leader of project team of six, worked with Ulusoy Electric in order to decrease their high lead times. To do so, drew value stream map and future value stream map. According to future value stream map, offered an improvement plan to the company which decreased the leading time over 70% (from 58 days to 17 days) using lean manufacturing principles. Application of this improvement plan saved more than 3.5 million TL / year for the company. This project was rewarded as the best SME project in the 9th Project Fair in Bilkent University.


07.2010 - 09.2010     Intern Engineer


System Development Department
  • As an IE399 student, performed summer training in System Development unit of ISDEMIR with a team of three engineers. Took responsibility to improve 11th warehouse. Found three main problems inside the warehouse area which were floor planning, modernization and logistic problems. Offered solutions to these problems by using simulation and mathematical modeling.

Other Experience

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08.2011 - 09.2011     Management Trainee

Trendyol, Istanbul, TURKEY

Direct Report to CFO
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09.2008 - 12.2008     Intern Engineer

Polymak, Ankara, TURKEY

Production Planning Department
Fil Filter logo

07.2008 - 09.2008     Intern Engineer

Fil Filter, Hatay, TURKEY

Production Planning Department
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03.2006 - 07.2006     Stand Guard

Toysrus, Ankara, TURKEY

Bilkent Store
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06.2002 - 09.2002     Hardware Service Personnel

OrData Computer, Hatay, TURKEY

Customer Service


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09.2014 - 01.2018     Industrial Engineering Thesis Program (MSc)

Koc University, Istanbul, TURKEY

Full Scholarship, CGPA: 3.14 / 4.00

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09.2005 - 06.2011     Industrial Engineering (BSc)

Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY

Full Scholarship, CGPA: 3.30 / 4.00 Honour Student

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09.1997 - 06.2004     Middle and High School

Ibni Sina Anatolian High School, Hatay, TURKEY

CGPA: 5.00 / 5.00
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09.1993 - 06.1997     Primary School

Mithatpasa Primary School, Hatay, TURKEY

CGPA: 5.00 / 5.00


  • Rasmi, S. A. B., C. Kazan and M. Turkay (2019). A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to Include Environmental, Social, and Cultural Issues in the Sustainable Aggregate Production Plans. Computers and Industrial Engineering, 132, 348 - 360. doi: 10.1016/j.cie.2019.04.036


  • 2016 - 2017: An Optimization Model for the Incorporation of the Cultural Environment in the Aggregate Production Problem (MSc Thesis)
  • 2015 - 2017: Arcelik China and Romania Plants SOP Integration and Ankara Dishwasher and Cayirova Washing Machine SNP Transformation
  • 2015 - 2016: Beko ANZ Demand Planning
  • 2014 - 2016: A-B Forecast / Order Classification in Arcelik
  • 2014: Blocked Stock Monitoring Screens Integration in Arcelik
  • 2013 - 2016: Privacy Preserving Computing in the Cloud
  • 2011 - 2012: NOVOSOFT Warehouse Management System Integration in A-101
  • 2011 - 2012: SOLVOYO Order Decision Support System Integration in A-101
  • 2011: Quality Assurance and Reliability - Case-based project
  • 2011: Two different Web design projects - HTML, ASP and Photoshop based
  • 2010 - 2011: Towards Lean Manufacturing in Ulusoy Electric (BSc Senior Project)
  • 2010: Manufacturing Plant Simulation in ARENA
  • 2010: Improvement of the 11th Warehouse in ISDEMIR
  • 2010: Web design project - HTML based
  • 2008: Operations Analysis and Design in Polymak
  • 2008: Linear Programming in Excel and Xpress - Case-based project
  • 2008: Production Planning for an Automobile Company - Case-based project
  • 2008: Database Management System Application in MS Access - Student Review System


Other Honours and Activities

  • 2016 - 2017: ENG PARK Site Chairman of the board which has 132 apartments
  • 2016: Listed as "Parlayanlar" at Arcelik A.S.
  • 2011: Rewarded as the best SME project in the 9th Project Fair in Bilkent University with senior project in Ulusoy Electric
  • 2009: One of the 20 finalists in the entrepreneurship competition of BirFikrinMiVar at Ozyegin University among the 780 projects
  • 2008: Secondariness of MT Finans Bank Case
  • 2008: Founder and Chair of the Board of Bilkent R&D Club
    Teamed up for attending TUBITAK solar car races and selected as the team leader
  • 2008: Member of Toplumsal Duyarlilik Projeleri
    Attended visiting orphan children project
  • 2007 - 2008: Champion of the Fitness Challenge and backgammon tournament in Bilkent University
  • 2007: Member of Kultur ve Iletisim Toplulugu
    Organized and hosted conservation with Zulfu Livaneli
  • 2005: General University Entrance Examination 206th place over two million participants
  • 2001 - 2003: Member of school theatre team
    Took role in Kibarlik Budalasi - Moliere