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Manager Mechanical Engineer

Kansas City, KS
March 27, 2018

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Darren K. Jackson

**** ***** ****** • Kansas City, Kansas 66112 • 913-***-**** •


Successfully managed multiple plants in America and Mexico of over 400 people and sales in excess of over 30 million dollars, with proven results of over 8% profits. Knowledgeable in all facets of P&L, safety, quality, production and all supporting other departments.

Lead plants to top NAFTA lean processes of 18 plants with use of KPI’s and daily management gemba walks. Experienced leader in automotive industry (Tier 1 supplier and paper packaging industry (#3 in north America). Various unit awards in the 1st Persian Gulf War.


HP Pelzer, Eudora, Kansas July 2016 to Present

Operations Production Manager

HP Pelzer automotive supplier of luxury vehicles worldwide.

●Reported directly to the Plant manager

●Created a leadership for front line supervisors and functional managers that included leadership development, problem solving, leader standard work and gemba walks to create a continuous improvement culture

●Supported strategic planning for operational improvements and planning for 1-3 year horizons

●Led current and future state value stream analysis with improved average delivery times of 100% savings of over $87,000 daily

●Quick changeover events and reduced changeover time by approximately 50%.

●Co-implemented an entire plant TPM program and improved plant OEE by over 15% by reducing unplanned downtime

●Capitalized over $320,000 in improvements in robotic systems and improved machinery flow to improve unknown waste with savings over $500K 8%.

●Established KPIV metrics and targets in areas where they did not exist

●Completed five Lean APQP design reviews for new product/line launches including error proofing design, machine layout cellular manufacturing and lessons learned to ensure flawless Toyota, GM and Ford launches

Artcraft and Allen Markings, Kansas City, Missouri 2014 – July 2016

Plant Manager of two plants

●Managed performance of (2) plants stamping, welding and signs, reducing labor by 13% by utilizing cross functional labor

●Recommended and supported supplier lean manufacturing principles including, 5S, TPM, SMED and value stream analysis to improve production capabilities and reducing cost by an average 25%

●Problem-solved two ongoing component failures through 8D analysis methodologies saving over $100,000

●Reduced delivery times by 50% by leading lean process flow initiatives

Nittio Denko, Kansas City, Missouri 2011 - 2014

Interm production manager / mechanical engineer (KAIZEN LEADER)

●Managed union automotive production

●Eliminated expedites with a savings of over $500,000 in the fiscal year

●Reduced the labor hours from three to two shifts by driving up OEE using key KPI’s downtime, quality, and daily up time.

●Directed the supervision to reduced frivolous labor issues

●Work with and supported development of new aluminum auto body parts for trucks.

●Achieved 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the NAFTA G.A.T.E (Group Activities Toward Excellence) by directing and supporting and the American and Mexico plants with lean cost savings, safety, and community improvements.

Specialized Packaging, Lenexa, Kansas 2000 - 2011 2000 - 2011

Supervisor / Tech Mentor

●Technical mentor for Clorox cat litter division ensuring that our new processes and equipment were compatible with Clorox’s manufacturing process to achieve the greatest output.

●Implemented, tested and worked with engineers to improved new equipment o be utilized in all company NAFTA facilities.

●Vendor management through the use of SAP

●Instituted 5S and lean practices

●Reduced change over time from 3 hours to 1 hour

●Various supervisory duties to include payroll, hiring, terminating and annual reviews of 75 employees

Willamette Industries, Kansas City, Kansas 1992 - 1999

Production and Shipping Supervisor

●Various supervising duties in a union plant

●Shipping, receiving, dispatching and directing national loads inbound and outbound.

Military Experience

United States Army

101ST Airborne 1989 to 1991

●Participated in special operations in the Persian Gulf War


●Computer operating systems Excel, PowerPoint, word, and inventory management systems

●Green belt training Johnson County Community college

●Various professional development courses

●Accounts Management - Dickerson Business school 1985

●4 years Union training in Negotiations, Workers Compensation laws, Federal Labor Law,

●Family medical leave act and Americans with Disabilities Act

●6 years of Management workshop classes and labor relations

●Several OSHA training seminars (Off plant sites)

●4 years oral speaking and debate

●H.S. Diploma - Washington High School

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