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Metallurgical Engineer Project Manager

New York, New York, United States
May 21, 2018

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Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. Metallurgical Engineer

Avenida Rio Branco, 1571/12, Rio Branco, Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil, 95.096-000, 0055 (51) 9-8155-5225, Skype: nettoss


Highly accomplished and meticulous Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineer with knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy and their industrial features. Adept at adjusting work pace to fulfill changing customer needs and expectations. Strong research and project management skills. 10 years research experience gained after PhD completion in an industrial R&D environment or working in close partnership with industry, with a strong focus on manufacturing process improvement, and innovations project management.


Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineer with chemistry metallurgy background.

5+ years of experience in a metals processing or manufacturing environment

Experience in engineering managerial level in high volume manufacturing environment.

Working knowledge of metallurgical principles, standards, methods and practices.

Sound record in the development, planning and technical management and successful execution of research programs.

Strong record of achievement relative to opportunity in research of pyrometallurgy or a related field of high-temperature research.

Strong knowledge of chemistry metallurgy

Familiarity with ASME and ASTM materials standards

Ability to transfer results from laboratory research and implement projects at manufacturing environment

Ability to work safely and effectively in a manufacturing/industrial environment.


R&D Metallurgical Engineer

HiTech (HT) Consulting Ltda

Porto Alegre – RS - Brazil

01-2015 – Present


Apply in-depth technical knowledge and expertise to complex engineering projects in the metallurgical discipline.

Plan and coordinates programs and large-scale engineering projects or several medium projects while acting as a technical specialist for the metallurgical engineering field.

Coordinates the implementation process of new means of manufacturing, the changes and optimizations within the existing processes and flow production;

Develop and implements the cost reduction projects, updates production layout area, participates in FMEA and continuous improvement teams;

implement action plans resulting from audits, assessment of suggestions for improvement;

Participate in the calculation and definition of the production norms: realization and analysis of time studies, participate in making suggestions for improvement as result of normalizations.

Engage in preliminary discussions with stakeholders on strategic initiatives.


Develop and execute Research and Development projects aligned with corporate and plant goals.

Leaded engineering research project(s) and create technology capability demonstrations.

Supported innovation ideation events and assessed technical feasibility of brainstormed ideas.

Successfully identify complex donor-funded grants sources for some of the R&D&I projects.

Liaised with suppliers, customers and research and development staff.

Supported clients through the complete process of identifying, securing and managing funds.

Mentored management of portfolio of projects focuses in process and product development, sustainability and energy-efficiency.

Operations Manager - Greenfield

Intersurgical Brazil

Porto Alegre – RS -Brazil

04-2012 – 12-2014


Building up and managing a production facility (greenfield) focuses on Medical Devices manufacturing.

Process plant development and commissioning.

Implement state of the art operations followed by continuous operational development, development of a footprint strategy, and standardization of operational procedure.

Establish and implement rigorous QA and QC standards at all stages of production, assembly, packing, storage.

Ensure the implementation of specific procedures of Integrated Quality Management System;

Ensure the project is kept on budget and within agreed timescales, communicating all issues and progress with the Management team.

Manage greenfield project team (manufacturing engineers, quality and logistics teams), site activity and project execution from start to completion of the project.

Coordinates the installing and putting into operation processes for the new equipment and machines;

Working in the office of Director of International Productions and often report directly to the Board of Directors on key South American projects.


Build and executed detailed plans and schedules for current and future development phases including specific milestones and staffing needs to achieve those milestones for manufacturing, office, other physical company-related structure in an area of the new production facilities.

Developed the basic design and the corresponding Project Execution Plan (PEP) and Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) estimate of a USD 20M medical device manufacturing project in Brazil.

Collaborated closely with engineering firm on the construction and core processes of facility (HAZOP reviews, site logistics layout, process redundancy, safety devices, etc).

Sourced and managed all sub-contractors, vendors and equipment with total responsibility for EPC planning and implementation.

Lead the development of systems and procedures required for Process Safety Management PSM compliance.

Lead the development of systems for numerous other aspects of future operations including: quality control, site logistics, maintenance, regulatory compliance, permitting, emergency response, operational training, etc.

Provided SOPs for day to day management of the production schedule and work instructions to statistical optimize current process (Lean Six-Sigma, Kanban).

Recommended changes to the quality system including quality assurance, which were applied to Intersurgical manufactures. Contributed to continuous compliance improvement to ISO13485, FDA and CE Mark.

Innovations Program Manager

Innovation Office UNISINOS University

São Leopoldo – RS - Brazil

05-2011 – 12-2011


Manager to establish, build, operate and improve a model innovation production system.

Establish and implement processes necessary to define and manage relevant program baselines.

Maintain the Innovation Project Management by establishing procedures to enable development of plans in support of business partner and customer (internal/external) commitments.

Ensure business partners and University community are aligned on program objectives, priorities, and success measurements.

Drive coordination across finance and budget departments to ensure alignment, optimize investment, and execute to commitments.

Risk, Issue and Opportunity Management to minimize adverse impacts to the program and promote beneficial results.

Establish and operate methods and plans for articulating program vision, strategy and objectives with employees, business partners, and other stakeholders.


Acted as a trusted advisor to IP granted process and technology transfer for the University community.

Established and managed the Innovation program budget with understanding of all financial implications/issues.

Implemented a new University Innovation Management system to help organization to gather ideas from all researchers’ team and laboratories, and to evaluate them and bring them to market faster than ever before.

Managed, gathered and evaluated innovative ideas and projects efficiently, and quickly identifying those with the greatest bottom-line potential for commercialization.

Promoted institutional relationship with non-government innovation bodies and government agents.

Working in the office of R&D Affairs and often report directly to the University s Dean on key innovations projects.

Industry Engagement Manager

Federations of Industries of the RS State (FIERGS)

Porto Alegre – RS - Brazil

10-2009 – 04-2011


Responsible for developing industry/universities patternship projects focuses on metallurgical and metal-mechanic processes optimization and innovation product/processes.

Work with engineering from various manufacturing-steel companies to conduct investigations of engineering material application, specification, development, validation & related processing.

Work with Manufacturing Engineering to identify opportunities for improvement in manufacturing processes.

Work with Quality Engineering to aid in the identification of opportunities for material or process improvement, internal or external in origin to assure state of the art products.

Work with suppliers and Supplier Quality to ensure materials are processes per specification and possess the correct properties.

Responsible for maintaining crucial project documents which track project progress in an appropriate database or library.


Developed successfully several projects focuses on process improvement, third-part suppliers development and product development and innovation management with metal-mechanic and manufacturing-steel companies.

Identified emerging technologies for future implementation in a variety of industrial and production environments.

Designed and conducted readiness assessments, evaluate results, and present findings in a logical manner.

Achieved to secure over USD 500,000 as investments grants to develop innovative product development projects in a variety of metal-mechanic industries.

Member of the organizing committee of the 3rd International Congress on Innovation held at FIERGS Convention Center on 10/2010.

Researcher Engineer

UNISINOS University / Dept. Mechanical Engineering

São Leopoldo – RS - Brazil

09-2007 – 09-2009


Support advanced R&D efforts, including the design and execution of experiments, dissemination of data, and assistance in compiling pertinent information into organized manuscripts.

Conduct investigations of engineering material application, specification, development, validation & related processing, such as, casting and foundry processing of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys (metal refinement, AOD, EAF, VIM, KPIs, metal quality, inclusions control, etc).

Drive the development of new material, metallurgical & processing technologies: identifying the needs of both internal & external customers, and leveraging external disciplines for technologies not available internally

Design R&D experiments, analyze data and identify important variables and physically significant trends.

Complete experiments using SEM/EDS/BSE and analysis, Metallographic preparation and analysis, Image Processing and Analysis, DTF and analysis.

Determine and eliminate root causes of recurrent process deviations which are leading to foundry processing issues or customer claims .

Recommend enhancements or changes to processes as required for steelmaking and foundry processes.

Develop investigation on manufacturing process technology aspects (heat effects, mechanical deformation, surface treatments, finishing, metals refinement and source process).

Lead innovation project using project management principles and techniques (PMI's PMBOK Guide).

Work closely with customers engineering and manufacturing staff to make recommendations for specific standardizes tools, methodologies & processes needs to improve quality.


Analysed different situations and propose improvements to metallurgical procedures, processes, materials and equipment, in order to increase efficiency of processes, equipment, cost optimization, and obtain the best quality complying with the standards

Participates or coordinates product and technology transfer projects; concern for continuous improvement of production processes and production flow, implementation of rationalizations;

Assited the development of project scopes, prepare schedules and estimates to enable evaluation

project feasiability and business benefict and contribute to ensure sucessul implementations.

Performed analytical trouble shooting and problem solving (root cause analysis, FM Tips, etc.).

Achieved to secure USD 200,000 in investiment grants for the R&D projects development.

Granted Brazilian patents of industrial applications.

Planning Manager

Acqua Manager Automation and Consulting

Rio de Janeiro – RJ -Brazil

09-1999 – 12-2006


Manage projects profitably, including effectively delegating appropriate tasks, mentoring staff and leading quality control.

Manage deliveries cost, capital and budget measured against business case commitments.

Responsible for driving client satisfaction, participating in proposals and presentations, and providing technical experience while working in conjunction with business development staff.

Work cross functionally with marketing, sales, operations, engineering, legal.

Support strategical alliances and develop an external network to accelerate and bring innovation (partnership with experts, Universities).

Manage key corporate agreements to ensure all obligations are met.


Improved consistency of bids and proposals.

As projects are completed, performs tasks to close tasks in database/tool, reconcile assets, and generate reports to ensure proper closure of project.

Supported Business Development teams in the winning of new domestic and export contracts that support 10% YOY revenue growth.

Planned, directed and managed portfolio projects seen as critical to the strategies.

Negotiated and successfully closed new contracts with private water supply companies in Portugal.

Associated Researcher - Metallurgy

PUC-Rio University - Department of Materials

Rio de Janeiro – RJ -Brazil

01-1996 – 09-1999


Responsible for designing, planning, developing and executing experiments and analyzing and reporting the results in a collaborative team environment.

Support/Perform metallurgical investigation of processing on extractive metallurgy of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys

Perform work which involves conventional types of plans, investigations, surveys, and review to find suitable solutions for improving customer s metallurgical process and solve problems.

Evaluate and report results of R&D trials and generate detailed reports that provide in-depth findings.

Responsible for project budget estimation, monitoring, and attainment throughout the project lifecycle.

Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques in order to monitor the progress of the project, identify and quantify any variances, perform any required corrective actions, and communicate to all stakeholders.


Wrote technical reports summarizing work as well as presentations to peers on progress at continuous improvement meetings.

Assessed technology landscape and explored technological trends and new technology scouting.

Worked in cross-functional teams to develop process and product developments.

Secure to achieved over $US200,000 in investment grant from Brazilian and International funding agencies


Ph.D Metallurgy

Manchester University/UMIST, Manchester, UK 1995

Master of Science in Extractive Metallurgy

PUC-Rio University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1990

Bachelors of Science in Metallurgical Engineering

Federal Fluminense University, Niteroi, Brazil, 1986


Strong strategic and analytical skills.

Leadership and project management skill.

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, MS Project, and PowerPoint, Mintab and CAD training with the ability to learn challenging internal software programs. Experience with SAP or ERP systems.

Strong interest in leading negotiations and closing deals.

Communication (Written and Verbal) - excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.

Teamwork or Collaborative Work - Ability to develop strong relationship and play as a team.

Competitive nature - a need to be the best!

New business mindset A great attitude with a willingness to learn.


English – Fluent

Portuguese – Native

Spanish – Read and Understand


PMP Project Management Certified (PMP Number: 1960989) (2016/2019)

MBA Business Management (2014)

PMO Training course (2011)


PMI - Project Management Institute, 2009

ABM - Brazilian Metal Association (Associated Engineer), 1996

University of Manchester Alumni, 1996

Brazilian Engineering Council, CREA-RS Professional, 1986

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