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
. 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
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
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
. 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.