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Project Manager Process Improvement

Glenview, Illinois, 60026, United States
March 20, 2011

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James J. Schantz

**** ****** ***. **, ********, IL. 60026

847-***-**** Home, 847-***-**** Cell

Objective: Continue to provide my Employer /Client with significant

Operational Productivity/ Process improvements directly contributing to

increased profitability.

Summary: Extensive experience as a Process/Productivity Improvement

Consultant, Industrial Engineering Supervisor, Project Manager, Principal,

Process Engineer, and Process Engineering Manager in many Industrial

environments including, Aerospace, Arms, Automotive, Defense Systems,

Government, Industrial Supply, Financial Services / Insurance, Electronics,

Food, Hospital Supply, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, Retail, Telecom and


Specialties: Facilitating/leading cross-functional teams in

process/productivity optimization, re-engineering efforts,

consolidating/integrating facilities, system modeling, simulation &

evaluation, Work Measurement, Inventory Control, Cycle Counting

Acquisitions / Mergers, System Globalization efforts, Distribution

Management, ISO and SOX Documentation and Compliance, Supply Chain & Value

Stream Mapping, SAP & JDE Master Data Management, Lean Manufacturing / Six

Sigma, and operational training.

Experience enhanced with MBA and U. of Chicago Advanced Certification

Recent Assignments as an Independent Process Management Consultant to Large

Chicago Client companies 4/04-11/09

10/09 -11/09 HCSC Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL. - Team member leading

a strategic re-engineering of Accounting processing operations via


5/08-8/08 EXELON CORP. (Com. Ed.) - Using Visio as the mapping tool,

preformed GAP analysis (process and data) of an Accounts Payable

system. Reduced implementation costs by 35%.

9/06-1/07 ZURICH FINANCIAL CORP., Schaumburg, IL - Led a cross-

functional team in the consolidation of Underwriting operations.

Utilized tools to create "AS-IS" models, gathered and applied work

data, performed complex process simulations, created and finalized "TO-

BE" models with Business Unit leaders, developed and refined process

improvements, and led Business Partners in the creation and

implementation of process improvements. Reduced payroll by $3M.

6/07-8/07 Astellas Pharma .- Led a cross-functional teams in re-

engineering of Drug Development process. Used Casewise Process Modeler

to define 200 lower level processes during a 2 month period. Reduced

Product Development Process cycle time 25%.

10/05 - 6/06 HOSPIRA (ABBOT LABS),- in a four month project completed

Process Mapping of current activities using Visio, converted ITIL

written documentation into Visio Process Maps. Performed Gap Analysis

of current ITIL standards to existing Hospira IT methodology,

identified Process Improvement opportunities using Lean Six Sigma

methodology. Prepared project plans for adoption of ITIL model and

Process Improvements.

8/05-7/06 DELUXE VIDEO/FILMS Inc. - Completed Process Mapping of all

SOX related work streams using MS Visio. Led Process Improvement and

SOX remediation of non-compliant processes and roles utilizing Lean

Six Sigma methodology and Versa software application of Role


3/05-7/05 KRAFT, INC.-,Applied Casewise methodology in the re-

engineering mapping, analysis and redesign of a Global computer-based

Specification System mapping / re-engineering of over 400 existing

processes to retire 10 legacy systems. Reduced IT application

operating expenses by $5M.

8/04-3/05 ALLSTATE INSURANCE Co.- Designed and implemented IT Claims

Management / Governance processes. Designed and implemented an IT

Software Asset Management system which avoided a $3M law suit..

Previous Permanent Positions

8-11/08 Principal, Process Engineering, OFFICEMAX H.Q., Naperville, IL.

(Reduction in Force)

Managed process improvement programs and projects for IT and Business

clients. Trained and supervised Business Analysts in re-engineering

and business process improvement implementation. Reduced Distribution

costs by 10%. Reduced IT Customer Service response time by 20%.

6/01 - 4/04 Sr. Process Analyst, PACTIV, INC., (Hefty Bag) H.Q., Lake

Forest, IL.

-Led Process Redesign Team efforts in nationwide operations review of

Supply Chain Planning, Manufacturing, Logistics / Transportation,

Order Processing and Warehousing returning over $4M in cost savings.

- Led Process Improvement efforts in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance


-Led SAP Excellence Center in Process Mapping, Performance

Measurement, Metrics, Quality Improvement, Process Improvement

Development and Implementation.

-Led a corporate-wide Master Data process improvement effort reducing

Data errors by 50% within Materials Management (MM), Finance (FI), and

Marketing/Sales modules of SAP.

-Received two division recognition awards for Earning Customer Trust

and Teamwork.

4/98-3/01 Project Manager, CNA FINANCIAL CORPORATION, H.Q., Chicago, IL.

- Developed and Managed Logistic processes to accomplish a $68 million

upgrade / migration of software, hardware, and network components for

26,000 user workstations during Y2K initiative.

-Managed medium to large projects for three International business

units implementing IT

-Co-led the development of an Internet site, implementations of MS

Outlook Exchange and PeopleSoft-Finance.

-Established PMO to manage 200 Developers in 30+ projects planned to

deliver a $40M strategic client/server initiative.

3/96-4/98 Process Engineering Manager, AMERITECH, INC., (now AT&T), Hoffman

Estates, IL.

Led cross-functional team in the analysis and measurement of

effectiveness of existing processes and Redesign and Implementation of

re-engineered integrated billing and revenue processes. Reduced system

error rate by 50% and increased revenue by $2B.

3/84 - 3/96 Sr. Business Systems Analyst, GRAINGER, INC. H.Q. Lake Forest,


-Designed, Developed, and led system improvements and physical

renovation of large Manufacturing, Distribution Centers, and Stores

throughout US during $4B acquisition program.

-Developed & Led Supply Chain Process Improvement / Vendor

indoctrination program. Reduced inbound product Cycle Time by 50%.

-Led a team in the analysis, design, development, and implementation

of numerous PROCUREMENT system enhancements which reduced annual spend

by $4M.


Albert Ramond & Associates (acquired by A.T. Kearney) (Chicago Tribune

Tower), IL,

Director & Territory Manager, (Sales and supervision within a 13 state

Midwest US territory)

- Initiated and led Manufacturing / Supply Chain projects on behalf

of: Babcock & Wilcox, Blaw-Knox, Butler Products, Cessna Aircraft,

City of Chicago, Colt Industries, Electric Boat, Federal Industries,

Ford, Frito-Lay, General Electric, General Foods, General Motors, IBM,

Johnson & Johnson, KRAFT, M&M Mars, Monsanto, Northrop, Northwest

Airlines, Pullman-Standard, Rockwell, Rohr Aerospace, Warner-Lambert,

White Consolidated Industries, and others. Awarded Cash & Stock

bonuses for Sales to "Most New Clients" 3 consecutive years.

-Recruited, Trained, and Supervised Management Consultants and

Industrial Engineers in Client engagements.

Managing Director -Led the Start-up and Operation of two subsidiary

companies providing Industrial Engineering Services, Industrial

Engineering Software customization and implementation, and Industrial

Video Production.

Senior Consultant - Led projects in Process / Performance Improvement /

Industrial Engineering projects specializing in Manufacturing and

Distribution operations for: Butler Products, Cessna Aircraft, Mead-

Johnson, Pepsi, Sara Lee, Stouffers, Sun Chemicals, and True Value.

Reduced process costs by a minimum of 25%.


- Keller Graduate School of Business Management, MBA 06/1995 - 3.50 GPA

- University of Chicago, Certification of Advanced Study in Human


- Northern Illinois University, BS Manufacturing Management / Industrial


Professional Organization Memberships

- Member, Assoc. of Business Process Management Professionals

- Sr. Member, Institute of Industrial Engineers (Held Local, Regional

and National positions)

Certification & Advanced Training

- Certified MTM Analyst, WOFAC Analyst, and Stopwatch Time Study &

Standard Data Application

- Certified Casewise Process Modeling Practitioner and System

Administrator, ARIS Process Modeling Practitioner,

- Extensive Business Process Mapping experience (15 years) utilizing MS

Visio, Casewise and ARIS tools.

- Certification in Human Resource Management - University of Chicago

- Certified Training in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and Visio,

Casewise and ARIS.

- Trained in CMM, ITIL, Lean Management, Project Management, and SOX

Process Auditing / Process Remediation

Training Programs Developed & Presented

Prepared and presented training programs to cross-functional teams in:

Work Measurement, Lean Manufacturing Management, KPI, Balanced Scorecard,

Industrial Supervision, Business Process Mapping, Redesign/ Improvement,

Procedure Development, Project Management, and Change Management

application techniques.

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