Ken Tsai
Senior Director
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Specializes in direct cost reduction and supply chain performance improvement
Led various technology initiatives that include implementing business management systems
Has worked across multiple sectors including energy, industrial, manufacturing, retail, and technology
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Ken Tsai, a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal, focuses on direct cost reduction and supply chain performance improvement through global sourcing strategies, equipment and asset management, operational improvements, and process improvements.

Mr. Tsai brings over 15 years of experience working with clients in industries, including energy, industrial, manufacturing, retail, and technology, in Asia and the United States.

Mr. Tsai identified and realized sourcing opportunities within specific product categories at a leading building products distributor, and performed spend and market analyses for two large spend categories and employed sourcing strategies that ultimately enabled the client to achieve greater than 20% of savings within each category. He provided guidance on implementing similar sourcing methodologies across the client’s organization.

He also designed the global procure to pay (PTP) processes at a leading provider of specialized contracting services to ensure a successful implementation of JD Edward’s EnterpriseOne system. He identified gaps in current PTP process design and developed recommendations based on best practices. Mr. Tsai documented the PTP business processes and collaborated with the training team to ensure process-related elements were incorporated into overall training materials. He ensured that global PTP designs were tightly integrated with the equipment management process stream (for equipment purchases, rentals, maintenance and repair items, etc.).

Mr. Tsai also led a successful implementation of Concur’s travel and expense management system at a global professional services firm. He provided project management (e.g. project planning, issues identification/resolution, quality assurance, etc.), change management (e.g. training strategy, communication plans, training development, etc.), and subject matter expertise (e.g. functional and technical expertise) to ensure a successful implementation.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Tsai was a program manager at Foxconn, where he helped Hewlett Packard conduct make-buy analyses for a range of its entry-level server products and ultimately managed the joint development, manufacturing, and logistics of these products (in China). He also built financial models that used tax efficient models of sourcing between Singapore, the U.S., and Czech Republic to justify opening a new manufacturing operation in Singapore.

Mr. Tsai earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in business administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a member of APICS – The Association for Operations Management.