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Manager Engineering

Akron, Ohio, United States
April 05, 2018

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Cleveland / Akron, OH 216-***-****


Manufacturing Supply Chain Engineering Quality

An innovative and results-driven executive with multi-faceted manufacturing and management experience. Resourceful and analytical leader with a proven track record of increasing profit through process development, process improvement, project management, and team building.

Leadership Experience

Operational & Strategic Planning

P&L Responsibility

Turnaround Situations

Multi-site Operations

Supply Chain Management

Hiring, Coaching, and Training

Process Optimization – Lean / Six Sigma

Productivity, Efficiency, Cost Reduction

Project Planning and Execution

Matrix Management / Customer Relations

ISO 9001, 13485, 14001, TS 16949, GMP


AMRESCO, LLC (A VWR Company), Solon, OH 2008 – 2018

Manufacturer and supplier of high-purity biochemicals, reagents, and medical devices for In Vitro Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics, and Biopharma markets.

Vice President, Operations

Managed powder and liquid manufacturing, manual and automated filling operations, assembly, sourcing, purchasing, scheduling, inventory, shipping, receiving, warehouse, maintenance, and facilities.

Led multi-site cost savings initiative, exceeding Ops goal by > $2MM.

Consolidated 6 production facilities into 2 with zero customer impact.

Key contributor on successful business acquisition team.

Exceeded Branded and International OTD goals through MRP / ERP parameter optimization.

Completed successful VWR Leadership Development Program (market optimization).

Developed and standardized KPIs (financial, safety, quality, delivery) for 3 sister companies.

Orchestrated planning and execution of inventory build supporting SAP integration.

SOUNDWICH, INC., Cleveland, OH 2007 – 2008

TS 16949 certified, Tier 1 automotive supplier of acoustic dampeners and heat shielding. Technology includes polymer blending, sheet extrusion, PU foam spray, lamination, and multi-layer metal stamping.

Plant Manager – St. Clair Facility

Spearheaded plant productivity, delivery, and quality improvements that generated 1st company profit in nearly 2 years.

Improved on-time delivery from 75% to 99% while reducing labor content 25%.

Achieved 23% reduction in scrap and 10% reduction in material on major product line.

Executed numerous 5S, continuous improvement, and kaizen projects.

EXCELLO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, LLC (XLO Group), Cleveland, OH 2002 – 2007

TS 16949 certified, Tier 1 automotive supplier of water and acoustic barriers. Product technology includes pattern coating of pressure-sensitive and hot-melt adhesives, thermoforming, cold forming, and die cutting of polyolefin films, foams, foils, and laminations.

Vice President of Engineering & General Manager (2005 – 2007)

Supervised design engineering, tooling engineering, estimating, customer service, and R & D depts. Provided technical support for sales, customers, and foreign licensees. Played key role on acquisition transition team and subsequent return to profitability.

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Vice President of Engineering & General Manager (continued)

Championed identification and resolution of 80+ process improvements in 90 days.

Served as lead member of cross-functional team designing, fabricating, and implementing new process equipment, reducing departmental headcount 60% and increasing productivity 300%.

Led product development initiative, designing, developing, qualifying, and manufacturing AIIS water shield to meet GM specifications.

Director, Product Development (2004 – 2005)

Created, implemented, and directed new product development (NPD) methodology that utilized multi-disciplinary team approach to rapidly evaluate sales opportunities. Established cost, price, quality requirements, and delivery targets for product development prototypes and production startup.

Developed method, designed equipment, and implemented processes, doubling productivity of assembly work cell on recently commercialized product.

Developed method to sheet thin gauge films while increasing output by >100%.

Director, Manufacturing and Quality (2002 – 2004)

Provided cross-functional management to multiple departments across 3 buildings, including plant management, process engineering, quality engineering, and human resources. Managed staff of 32 people and 250 union manufacturing personnel. Held full responsibility for safety, quality, on-time delivery, process improvements, lean implementation, cost reduction, scheduling, staffing, maintenance, quality, and environmental (ISO-14001) systems compliance.

Realigned plant management team after 20% reduction in staff while maintaining quality, delivery, and performance efficiencies.

Designed process improvements and led team to implement enhancements to work cells, increasing productivity 40% by optimizing material, process, and metrics.

Additional Experience at EXCELLO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS:

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

Facilitated transition of new products and processes from prototype to production by developing project plans, timelines, work instructions, and job aids. Provided training and technical support.

Led introduction of robotically-applied adhesive, developing work cell layout, programming robots, and developing safety software.

Developed ‘GO / NO GO’ system, allowing 100% inline inspection with no added cycle time.

Manufacturing Engineer

Created position and developed work instructions, process flow procedures, APQP, FMEAs, control plans, and standardized reports. Led cross-functional teams to ensure customers received proposals, prototypes, and production changes on time and free of defects.

Research and Development Associate

Formulated, compounded, and analyzed pressure-sensitive adhesive variations to optimize performance, reduce costs, and achieve environmental compliance. Provided vendor, production, and customer technical support during product / process optimization.


Anodizing, Assembly, Automated Filling, Clean Room, Die Cutting, Extrusion, Cold Forming,

Mixing / Blending, Painting, Robotics, Screen Printing, Sheeting, Metal Stamping, Thermoforming


Bachelor of Arts (BA), Chemistry, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, Akron, OH

Associates Degree, Chemical Technology,UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, Akron, OH

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Class – Kent State University, Kent, OH

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Class – Cuyahoga Community College, Highland Hts., OH

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