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Manager Quality Assurance

Rockville, CT, 06066
August 05, 2012

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Joseph Schroder

** ****** **** ****, ******, CT. 06066 860-***-**** (Cell) (

Professional Profile


Dynamic, approachable senior operations process and planning manager with

extensive experience in strategic assessment and implementation of process

and quality improvements to reduce costs, increase productivity, and

improve profitability. Proven success in manufacturing environments through

exceptional business planning and people management skills.

Highlights of Skills and Accomplishments:

. Excellent ability to manage/supervise large team of employees to

improve quality and productivity with consistently low employee

turnover (typically 5%).

. Successfully improved planning and scheduling processes to increase

productivity despite low sales resulting in increased profitability.

. Successfully implemented supplier involvement processes that led to a

reduction in reworks and increased productivity.

. Successfully implemented 5S, Lean Manufacturing, and Kaizen Events

that improved productivity on average by 24%.


Amerbelle Textiles LLC Rockville, CT

August 1993 - 2012

Director of Manufacturing (2007 - 2012)

Led the day to day production operations of a Textile company producing 7.0

million in sales annually. Part of the C-level team, trusted advisor to the

COO, CFO and owner, Managing 100 plus employees, both union and non-union,

providing oversight, mentoring, process improvement, quality assurance and


. Increased production output by 24% on average while maintaining the

high level of quality expected by our customers with the use of 5S,

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen Event training and implementing a master

scheduling program.

. Instituted effective interdepartmental meetings where employees gain

empowerment by being able to identify issues and suggest resolutions

proactively, ensuring that quality ideas are vetted and presented to

senior management for recognition and implementation.

. Collaborated with union leadership to negotiate union contracts and

maintain a productive work environment.

Department Manager (1993 - 2007)

Led Dyeing operation, a 3-shift operation of 35+ union and 7 management

employees that processed Nylon, Polyester, Cotton and Nylon Cotton blended

fabrics being dyed on Jigs, Beams, and Jets with the use of Acid, Disperse,

Direct, Sulfur, Reactive and Vat dyestuff.

. Reduced rework rate from 8% down to 3% by closely monitoring

suppliers, educating and training employees and Developed S.O.P.

written procedures that were fabric specific which improved quality,

increased productivity and reduced the rehandle rate.

. Controlled operating costs within strictly established budgets and

consistently met monthly budgets while achieving or exceeding

scheduled production expectations on a weekly basis and controlling

inventories with successfully negotiating favorable pricing from


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. Successfully downsized the dyeing department from a 3-shift operation

to a single shift operation while maintaining the high level of

quality expected by our customers. Working with suppliers and

developing special dyeing procedures enabled us to reduce costs,

reduce labor, and reduced inventories while keeping optimized

productivity and a low rehandle rate.


National Dye Works Lynchburg, SC

June 1988 - March 1993

Department Manager

Led the dyeing department consisting of 15 employees that included the

hiring, supervising, reviewing, and all disciplinary actions. Managed the

dyeing of 100% nylon and 100% cotton being dyed on Jigs, and the printing

on a 6 head screen printer.

. Successfully controlled operating cost to the budget, Shortened

process time while increasing production by 10%, reduced rework rate

from 15% down to 4%, improved Quality and the customers opinion of the

company's ability to perform and controlled inventories and pricing

from suppliers.


Special Skills and Training

. Business Planning (including vision, strategy, planning, P&L);

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Planning and Achievements

. 5S, Lean Manufacturing, and Kaizen Event Training; Value Stream


. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); aid in people management, insight

and motivation

. Leadership, communications, negotiation and supervisory skills


. Microsoft office suite experience, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access,

PowerPoint and Publisher.

. Networking, IT knowledge and ability to quickly learn new software


. Knowledge of ISO procedures and practices.

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