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Manager Plant

Oak Lawn, Illinois, 60453, United States
March 26, 2011

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Ervin Olson

**** **** **** *****, *** Lawn, Illinois 60453

Telephone: 708-***-****



Seasoned and dynamic plant manager with more than 15 years of experience in

production leadership for the nation's most prominent meat processing

companies. Characterized as an exceptional supervisor and trainer with a

record for superior quality, safety and efficiency throughout continuously

changing situations and challenges. Core competencies include:

Operations Management - Proven ability to coordinate work flow through

multiple departments, workstations and processes to meet production goals

and deadlines, including scheduling, prioritization, planning, quality

control and continuous improvement.

Team Leadership - Demonstrated capacity to build and sustain a productive

team environment combining line and supervisory levels ... successful

experience in training and developing productive employees in key positions

... very conscientious regarding enforcement of strict safety and quality


Production Supervision - Confident, analytical and detail-oriented decision

maker and problem solver ... effectively holds accountability for all

facets of inventory control, production standards and facility operations,

including quality and efficiency improvements



3/1997 to 3/2011

Operations Manager

Founder and president of a local delivery service with 21 employees and a

highly loyal customer base. Responsible for all short-term and long-range

business affairs, including business development, licensing, financial

matters, human resources, marketing, fleet maintenance and customer


* Hired, trained and directed driving and maintenance personnel; prepared

payroll and handled all employee records.

* Managed all order processing and fulfillment; dispatched drivers to

customer sites throughout the Chicagoland area.

* Maintained business profitability for 13-plus years and sold the business

for a profit.

FARMINGTON FOODS, INC., Forest Park, Illinois

2/1990 to 3/1997

Operations Manager

Full accountability for all daily pork processing operations throughout the

plant. Scope of responsibility included staff leadership, supply chain

management, quality controls, facility and equipment maintenance,

sanitation and regulatory compliance.

* Provided leadership and direction for a team of supervisors and

production line workers; ordered, trained and monitored employees from

temporary personnel agencies.

* Conducted vendor comparisons, solicited competitive bids and negotiated

favorable contracts and bulk purchasing agreements to maximize the bottom


* Supervised processing operations, plant sanitation and quality control

programs to ensure compliance with USDA, FDA and OSHA regulations.

* Participated in the development of new products, policies and procedures

to ensure maximum product quality, customer satisfaction and production



>> Increased production by over 100,000 lbs. while reducing overtime hours

by 75% by improving production efficiency with available manpower and

equipment resources.

>> Maintained 99% accuracy on raw inventory inputs and outputs by enacting

extensive supervisory and quality training.

>> Achieved $9,360 in annual cost savings by negotiating a disposal

contract with a new vendor.

>> Reduced overtime hours up to 75% by reorganizing work schedules and

implementing morale-boosting programs.

>> Increased production efficiency in excess of 50% by recommending

investments in new production equipment.

>> Significantly reduced inspection errors and line downtime while

improving staff productivity by instituting a 5:30am set-up time.

CORFU TASTY GYROS, Bensenville, Illinois

8/1988 to 1/1990

Plant Manager

Directed overall warehouse and production plant operations (each averaging

80,000 sq. ft.). Set up production, purchased plant equipment and

materials, coordinated production with the sales force and scheduled

machinery maintenance. Supervised a team of supervisors and production


H&S PROVISION COMPANY, Chicago, Illinois

10/1983 to 8/1988

Plant Foreman

Coordinated shipping and receiving, inventory management, cost controls,

staff appraisals and other operations for two plants. Developed and

leveraged an extensive knowledge of ham curing and formulation, sausage

processing, finishing and packaging, beef and pork boning, smoke house

scheduling and meat cooking.


> High School Diploma

> Management Seminars

> Team Leadership Seminars

> Safety Policies & Procedures Workshops

Dear Hiring Administrator:

Please accept the attached resume as my expressed interest in joining your

organization's management team. I believe I can be an immediate asset to

your operations based on my history of significant improvements in quality,

cost, safety and productivity.

As a successful plant manager with a background in food production with

Farmington Foods and other meat processing plants, I have been able to plan

and coordinate production activities within a dynamic and demanding

environment. I have a record of improving performance through the

establishment of efficient, permanent strategies that simultaneously cut

costs, boosted profits and allowed for repeat peaks in product quality. As

someone who has spent his professional life involved in change and growth,

I have built an understanding of successful production and team leadership

techniques from the ground-up.

Skilled in leading and motivating diverse teams, I've been able to meet,

and usually exceed, the most ambitious production goals. I consistently

monitor workflow to ensure optimum utilization of resources while actively

maintaining quality standards. In addition to these professional

qualifications, please consider these personal characteristics:

* Organization - Excellent organization and time management skills when

strategically delegating responsibilities in accordance with daily workflow

priorities; ensures the

completion of all tasks under deadline.

* Communication Skills - A diplomatic and articulate communicator when

supervising multi-cultural employees, negotiating with outside vendors and

collaborating with upper management professionals.

* Problem-Solving - Demonstrated success in recognizing and responding to

situations affecting internal employee relations, evaluating production

options and effectively implementing principles to meet demand.

Realizing the difficulty of evaluating my qualifications from this brief

summary, I hope for the chance to discuss your goals and how I can help

achieve them in an interview. Thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards,

Ervin Olson

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