Jim Shuman is Senior Vice President of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing at Genzyme Corporation, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. Genzyme's products and services help patients in more than 90 countries. The company is focused on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopedics, cancer, transplant and immune diseases, and diagnostic testing.
Jim joined Genzyme in 1996, and has played a key role in developing the company's materials management organization. He was involved in establishing a global standard for the company's enterprise resource planning system, which is used to run all of Genzyme's manufacturing plants. In his current role, Jim has global responsibility for the management of the purchasing, distribution, logistics, and planning functions for all of Genzyme's business units. He oversees these functions in 10 manufacturing plants in the United States and Europe and directs a staff of more than 150 people. His is also responsible for the Business Process Improvement program, which is based on Lean principles, across all of Genzyme's manufacturing sites and functions.
Prior to joining Genzyme, Jim spent 19 years with Digital Equipment Corporation in a number of increasingly responsible materials, purchasing and operations roles. His responsibilities at DEC included the functional oversight of plants in the U.S. and Asia. Jim has a B.A. in economics from Buffalo State College.