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Engineer Sales

Location:
San Antonio, Texas, 78230, United States
Posted:
March 18, 2011

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KEVIN KREIDLER

***** ***** ******* ****, #***** San Antonio, TX 78230

T: 210-***-**** M: 559-***-**** abhqbq@r.postjobfree.com

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Program Management Product Development Process Improvement

High-energy engineering professional with repeated successes in developing systems, processes, and

procedures to streamline manufacturing operations, contain costs, and enhance profitability. Six Sigma Black

Belt who empowers teams and individuals to deliver exceptional results. Catalyst for change, growth, and best-

in-class operational performance. Proven record improving product designs while increasing durability and

performance by more than 100%. Achieved $1.3 million in cost savings working with suppliers in China, India,

and Russia to improve and control manufacturing processes. Responds to manufacturing challenges with

confidence, determination, and focus through demonstrated expertise in:

• Product Engineering • Process Improvement / Quality

• Project Management • Leadership & Management

• New Product Development • Training & Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Knorr-Bremse Group, Germany 2001 – 2010

$4 billion international conglomerate ranked among world’s leading manufacturers of brake systems for rail and

commercial vehicles with numerous domestic divisions including DI-PRO, Inc., Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake,

LLC, and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. Knorr-Bremse acquired Bendix in 2002.

DI-PRO, Inc., Fresno, CA (2006 – 2010)

Wholly-owned subsidiary of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, LLC (BSFB) that manufactures and

distributes truck parts to heavy-duty trucking industry worldwide.

Engineering Manager

Promoted from staff engineer at BSFB to lead five-member engineering team and seven-member quality

department in design, development, and validation of heavy-duty truck springbrake actuators.

•Led companywide improvement project across Quality, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and

Engineering departments that increased market potential from $100 million to $150 million and

positioned company for Original Equipment business position.

•$5 million increase in annual sales by leading cross functional, international team to develop and

release new product for sale in a new market.

•Improved production assembly line output 15% by focusing on lean waste reduction techniques.

•Increased department output 50% following headcount justification as result of joining engineering

co-op program at Fresno State University to capitalize on student talent.

•Decreased product defects 30% after training engineers in supplier manufacturing reviews to drive

component part design for manufacturing changes.

•Facilitated faster decisions and accelerated staff development as result of driving cultural change

from family only, top-down decision making to process involving employees at working level.

•Contributed to sister company in India achieving more than $6 million in annual sales by granting

engineering approval after conducting technical assessment and confirming completion of one

critical technical action.

•Empowered engineering staff to drive 12-18 month development projects independently by giving

each engineer responsibility for performance, goals, and objectives of engineering co-op students.

•Led the local technical team to transition manufacturing plant from Fresno, CA to Acuña, MX and

completed my position as Engineering Manager through on-site training of the technical staff in

Acuña, MX.

KEVIN KREIDLER Page 2 of 2

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, LLC, Elyria, OH (2005 – 2006)

Joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Corporation offering

comprehensive range of wheel-end brake products, including S-Cam, air disc brakes, slack adjusters and

actuators, and full array of related aftermarket parts for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Staff Engineer

Promoted from Bendix Commercial Vehicles system to reduce costs and improve performance of

automatic slack adjusters, manual slack adjusters, and hydraulic brake aftermarket parts. Developed

suppliers in China, India, and Russia and provided technical sales support and product training.

•Realized $500,000 annual savings while developing manufacturing and assembly processes

through multiple onsite reviews at suppliers in China in just 8 months compared to historic baseline

of 12 months that also produced tool to quantify supplier evaluation process.

•Participated in hiring, training, and mentoring of two product engineers new to industry. One is now

product manager while other launched product generating $5 million in annual sales and is currently

developing next generation product.

•Conducted Six Sigma green belt training modules for 20 students who achieved 78% project

completion rate and 84% candidate certification rate.

•Projected $60,000 annual reduction in warranty expense by increasing gear strength 30% after

benchmarking three gear manufacturers and executing DOE to control manufacturing process.

•Anticipate $9 million in annual revenue from 2008 launch of braking system joint venture with

largest vehicle builder in Russia after recommendations on manufacturing and testing from three

visits.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Elyria, OH (2001 – 2005)

Member of Knorr-Bremse Group that develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, air

brake charging, and control systems and components under Bendix® brand name for medium and heavy-

duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America.

Engineer

Recruited to sustain production volume of existing products while implementing cost reductions and

designing, testing, and introducing new products.

•Increased dynamometer test capacity for brake part 300% with addition of two approved suppliers

through detailed understanding of industry test procedure and communication on how to conduct test

at additional sites.

•Improved accuracy of warranty data 50% by creating product inspection flow chart for warranty

technicians and providing onsite procedure training.

•Realized 150% increase in product durability (cycles to failure) that enabled 20% sales volume

increase as result of conducting product testing to identify improvements as well as coordinating

revised product introduction at Chinese assembly plant and U.S.A. distribution center.

•Created new procedure and trained engineering personnel on how to use and make decisions with

new business software system, which improved data accuracy 33% and eliminated gap in

companywide quality system.

•Produced $600,000 annual product supplier transition savings by analyzing supplier test results

assisting in modification of test equipment and test procedures, improving critical part raw materials,

and reducing product variations from four to one standard type.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS

M.B.A., Systems Management, BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE, Berea, OH

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, Dayton, OH

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (2006) BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS

Project Management Professional Certification/PMP (2003-2006), Project Management Institute

United States Patent 7,708,122



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