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Project Manager Quality

Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610, United States
May 27, 2010

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Raleigh Gilbert, Sr.

**** ******** **** ***** * Raleigh, NC 27610 * 919-***-**** (Mobile) * E-



Accomplished industry professional offering cross-functional experience in

quality, manufacturing, purchasing and project management. Proven track-

record in increasing profitability through cost reduction programs focused

on internal/external process improvements, employee education and team-

building. Diverse industry experience including automotive, power

distribution, telecommunications and nuclear power. A catalyst in

spearheading change initiatives and recognized for building strong internal

cross-functional teams, supplier relationships and business relationships

while leveraging best practices. Well traveled domestically &

internationally and accustomed to working with multi-cultural environments.


2007 - Present SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, Knightdale, North Carolina (Job move:

Global Consolidation to France)

Corporate Supplier Quality Manager - develop and deploy the Quality

Strategy for purchased components while leading the Supplier Quality

Engineering Commodity Team. Responsible for Supplier Assessments through

Supplier Audits and Supplier Performance Metrics. Conduct on-site supplier

diagnostics and workshops to identify root-cause issues affecting quality

and delivery while creating partnerships to enhance productivity

opportunities. Align internal quality strategic plans to commodity

strategic plans to drive supplier concentration and standardization.

. Received recognition awards from senior management - supplier quality and

delivery improvements to 98.5%

. Achieved $2.6M in productivity savings from suppliers via applications of

Lean 6 Sigma Workshops

. Led SQE Team to generate $1.4M Engineering productivity achievements via

SVA and QVE exercises

. Work as a functional culture change-agent to influence change from

emotional-based to data driven-decisions

. Accountable for developing and executing a purchasing/supplier relations

strategy for the for North America

. Perform market analysis and identify trends which affect pricing/supply

and implement risk mitigation plans

. Determine appropriate supplier and commodity KPI's to drive Quality,

Delivery, Productivity

. Translate business performance issues into Supplier Quality Engineer

action plans to solve using Lean 6 Sigma tools

. Lead 6 Sigma/Lean workshops at supplier locations while enhancing the

alliance between customer and supplier

. Provide leadership to cross-functional teams to resolve issues and build

strategic plans for long-term sustainability

. Collaborate with Engineering and Marketing on NPI's to drive cost

avoidance through Supplier Value Analysis (SVA)

. Ensure compliance with internal/external regulations, including (ISO

TS16949, cGMP, SOP's OSHA, EPA)

. Actively engage Eng, Mfg, and suppliers to ensure a smooth

industrialization process via PPAP, SPC, FMEA, cpk

. Travel globally to meet with key customers in regions Europe, Canada,

Asia Pacific, and Latin America

2005 - 2007 CREE LIGHTING CORPORATION, Durham, North Carolina (Business

Market Down-turn)

Manufacturing Excellence Manager - for the market-leading innovator of

semiconductors for LED's, solid-state lighting, power and communications

products. Provided direct quality-assurance leadership on assigned

project/program and/or functional areas to ensure that products were in

accordance with customer and company quality requirements. Regularly

interacts with representatives from a variety of functional groups,

including program management, design/engineering, purchasing, facilities,

and other personnel. Ensured processes and products met safety, quality,

performance standards, and cost objectives. Prepared budgets, performance

reviews, scheduling expenditures, analyzed variances, compiled and studied

costs for production and advised management.

. Developed quality strategies and communicated vision and direction

related to technology, facilities, and workforce to ensure manufacturing

operations provide a competitive advantage to the business

. Utilized analytical/critical thinking and problem solving skills to

formulate and implement statistically based solutions

. Planned, directed and performed QA audits of internal and external


. Identifies and generate long-term corrective actions to address quality

issues in products based on data sources

. Prepares QA/QC manuals, plans, and/or procedures to meet and maintain the


. Enforced strict compliance with Safety, cGMP, SOP's, and ISO-9000

/TS16949, OSHA and ergonomics requirements

. Reviewed and approved documents prepared by internal organizations such

as technical deliverables and test plans

. Thorough understanding of product P&L and impact of operational

activities on cost structure

. Facilitated daily team meetings addressing production throughput,

variances, quality and performance issues

. Followed strict guidelines in accordance with 7 principles of TPS

(Toyota Production System); Kanban, Poke Yoke, 5S, VRK (Kaizen),

continuous flow, cellular manufacturing and (VSM) value stream mapping

. Created high performing teams committed to meeting business needs while

maintaining solid employee relations

. Leveraged learning from continuous improvement initiatives and projects

to drive $900K in financial productivity


2002 - 2005 STRATEGIC SIGMA SOLUTIONS, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina

Six Sigma Black Belt Manufacturing/Quality Consultant - Provided contract

consulting services for Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing training. Assisted

small companies with promoting the development of new organizational

capabilities which produced record level improvements. Communicated

philosophy and strategies as a functional change agent.

. Generated considerable savings and improvement throughout customer base

of North and South Carolina

. Assisted manufacturing engineers with cost improvement projects while

providing one-on-one coaching and training

. Proficient in the use JMP and Minitab statistical software tools

. Consulted with engineers on NPI's initiatives to ensure application and

deployment of the DMADV and DFSS

1996-2002 ALCATEL TELECOM, Raleigh, North Carolina (Plant closed; moved

to Mexico)

Project Manager - for the ADSL Program (Access Products Group) serving as a

central focus between R&D, New Products, Marketing to ensure schedule and

budget attainment. Facilitated phase-in/phase-out process for new and

existing products to avoid inventory exposure. Developed and maintained

master project plans to monitor progress of NPI's. Prepared and presented

project reviews for customers, field sales, and upper-management. Engaged

functional groups to identify cost savings/process improvements. Worked

with customers to identify key indicators for product improvement.

. Received Alcatel's President Award for leadership in achieving material

and process improvement cost savings $5M

. Industry Week Top 10 Best Plants Winner 1997 http://www.gdi-

. Product launch was first of its kind in high-speed internet arena with a

secured $2.5B contract with network providers

Advanced Procurement Leader - served as a central Procurement

Consultant for R&D responsible for recommending and influencing supply-

chain decisions to compliment preferred technologies and suppliers.

. Served as Chairman of the Component Change Review Board which monitored

and approved all component activity regarding changes, deletions and

additions to the Alcatel Telecom's Preferred Supplier List

. Provided early supplier involvement to ensure design for

manufacturability, quality and performance

. Collaborated extensively with R&D and Central Purchasing to ensure on-

time delivery of components

. Operated with significant latitude for independent decision making

. Saved $500K+ by negotiating prices and providing component selection

advice to Engineering and Mfg.

1995-1996 GENERAL ELECTRIC Electrical Distribution & Controls,

Mebane, North Carolina (Product Move)

6? Master Black Belt - Value Engineering - for lead manufacturer of

electric motors and controls. Led Value Engineering efforts focused use of

DMAIC and DMADV for new and existing products. Worked closely with

Engineering, Marketing and external suppliers to launch robust designed

products which were manufacturable, cost-effective and of high quality.

Assisted Engineering with conducting DOE's, Multivariable Analysis and

FMEA's. Provided training and mentoring to Six Sigma Green Belts and Black

Belts and their projects; Dedicated 100% resourced as a business change

agent and coach.

. Generated $2.8M in cost savings from leading projects and manufacturing

process improvements.

EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration - Presently Pursuing

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Statistics - 1988

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics - 1986

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia


Six Sigma (6?) Quality Leadership Program-Dr. Mikel Harry, Six

Sigma Academy (GE-Crotonville, NY)

Lean Manufacturing Program - GE and Eaton Corp. (Value Streams &


Effective Leadership Course (Coachability) - 60 hrs, Five 12-hr

sessions (Underwood Associates)

Manager Course Constructive Confrontation; Self - Directed Work

Cell Teams - 120 hrs

Project Management Course Duke University

Staying Union Free Workshop - Capital Associated Industries,


Trust-Strengthening Foundations- Capital Associated Industries,


Improving Performance and Motivating Others - DDI, Inc.

ACTIVITIES: Interests include: Golf, Carpentry, Electronics and Fishing

REFERENCES: Available Upon Request

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