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Plant Manager

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
May 16, 2018

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Kevin Riley, Plant Manager

**** ******** *****, ******* *******, MN 55127 612-***-****

May 16, 2018

Attention: Human Resources

Re: Plant Manager position

I would like to express my interest in the Plant Manager position within your organization. I am seeking additional challenge that will allow even greater utilization of my strategic planning, operational leadership and process implementation performance. In advance, thank you for your time and consideration.

My qualifications include over 10 years of professional experience driving daily operations and increasing productivity within fast-paced environments. I have applied my skills and knowledge toward building, training and leading high-performance teams. To complement this background, I am highly skilled in streamlining process improvement initiatives to maintain quality control and significantly increase efficiency throughout all operations.

Some of my qualifications as related to your job posting, include:


BA received with University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Over 10 years leadership experience in manufacturing and production environments, managing multiple shifts and 60+ employees.

Experience as a Production Manager in a machine shop; including CNC milling, Swiss, turning, grinding, gun drilling, and heat treating.

Over 4 years leading a team of 12 technicians responsible for all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on 3,500 tools and pieces of equipment.

Proficient in implementing 5S, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Kaizen and other quality driven methodologies.

Positive and inspirational motivator and team builder.

Skilled in Microsoft Office, Minitab, Infor EAM and many ERP software packages, including SAP.

As an employee, you will find me to be a driven team player committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through superior performance. Confident that I would be a valuable asset to your team, I have included my résumé for your consideration and would count it a privilege to meet with you to explore professional leadership opportunities with your organization.


Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley, Plant Manager

4260 Heritage Drive, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 612-***-****

Process Improvement Quality Control Workflow Optimization

Profile of Qualifications

Results-driven leader possessing over 10 years of professional experience directing daily operations within fast-paced environments.

Continually regarded for the ability to meet and exceed production goals.

Skilled in building, training and managing high-performance teams dedicated to maintaining quality control and providing exemplary service.

Key Accomplishments

Recognized for implementing innovative process improvement strategies to significantly boost efficiency across an underperforming department (Metal Craft).

Improved efficiency by implementing help chain ticket system to flag jobs encountering difficulty and rapidly escalating issues (Metal Craft).

Led complex relocation project of St. Paul to Minnetonka Array catheter manufacturing operations; facilitated all aspects of project and ensured strict adherence to timelines (St Jude Medical).

Leveraged strong organizational abilities to manage preventive and unscheduled maintenance of 3,500 tools, fixtures and pieces of equipment across four buildings (St Jude Medical).

Improved workflow efficiencies and advanced preventive maintenance on-time performance from 90% to 99.9% (St Jude Medical).

Succeeded in launching Array catheter production line, mobilizing aligned production resources and maintaining strict adherence to FDA, QSR, ISO and GMP compliance (St Jude Medical).

Reduced throughput cycle time 23% by leading project to re-layout production floor and implementing Lean Manufacturing methodologies (St Jude Medical).

Key Areas of Expertise

Operations Management

Strategic Planning

FDA, QSR, ISO13485 Compliance

Business Process Improvement

Leadership & Development

Root Cause Analysis

Kaizen, 5S & Lean Manufacturing

Quality Control

Workflow Optimization

Professional Synopsis

Metal Craft, Elk River, MN 2016-2018

Production Manager

Leverage strong leadership abilities and industry expertise to streamline existing operations, optimize use of available resources and significantly turn around underperforming department.

Direct day to day operations of 30 team members; focus heavily on individual performance, achievement of production goals and reduction of disciplinary issues.

Devise individualized development plans to foster a positive environment and encourage employee retention.

Heavily involved in team building initiatives; responsible for hiring and training individuals to improve overall productivity.

Maintain open lines of communication between first and second shift teams; relay pertinent information to appropriate parties.

St. Jude Medical (Endocardial Solutions), St. Paul, MN 1998-2015

Equipment Maintenance Sr. Supervisor / Manufacturing Tech Services Manager (2011-2015)

Recipient of merit-based promotion due to strong leadership skills.

Fulfilled critical leadership position responsible for overseeing technical maintenance operations of multi-million-dollar production equipment inventory.

Maintained utmost quality control throughout all day to day operations; closely monitored team performance and implemented strategic plans to drive productivity.

Utilized strong organizational abilities to create detailed incident reports (validation impact assessments).

Kevin Riley, Plant Manager

4260 Heritage Drive, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 612-***-****

St. Jude Medical (Continued)

Reduced labor demand, maximized equipment reliability, and minimized downtime. Achieved this by conducting root-cause analysis, identifying repetitive equipment breakdown causes, and improving equipment maintenance procedures.

Led 5S initiative across maintenance department, organizing the technicians’ work area and reducing the space needed to store spare parts by more than 50%.

Achieved forecasting and budget compliance by developing and executing Maintenance Department Annual Operating Plan.

Improved technical team information sharing and accessibility. Facilitated campus-wide conversion of Calibration Manager to Infor EAM maintenance software system.

Trained and technically supported engineers and technicians on Infor EAM software system and increased team competency and proficiency.

Achieved an accident-free work environment, mitigating corporate liability and risk.

Collaborated with Operations, Quality, Microbiology, and Facility Departments, coordinated numerous facility equipment transfers, installations, and upgrades, increasing production quality and productivity.

Manufacturing Supervisor (1998-2011)

Assumed key leadership position responsible for maintaining quality control while overseeing production operations within a fast-paced environment.

Utilized Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Kanban processes to continually increase efficiency and meet production objectives.

Conducted in-depth reviews of employee performance; implemented individualized action plans to boost productivity as necessary.

Championed/instituted a second shift operation.

Created/executed Annual Operating Plan within targeted budget and forecast requirements.

Designed/enhanced production fixtures, reducing process variability and improving throughput time and ergonomic efficiencies.

Created detailed engineering change orders and updated manufacturing processes to ensure compliance, reduce scrap, and improve productivity.

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills while reporting pertinent information within CAPA Board and Quality Management Review meetings.

Ensured utmost quality control and compliance; served as department representative throughout ISO, FDA and other internal and external audits.

Filled critical role as manufacturing SME; succeeded in implementing Great Plans and SAP ERP systems.

Education & Professional Development

Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Psychology, Minor in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

Supervision Training Program, Employers Association

AAMI Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice

Training: Six Sigma Green Belt Infor EAM Site Manager The Adaptive Manager Situational Leadership

St. Jude Medical

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