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Manager Manufacturing

Minneapolis, MN
$104,000 / Year
September 06, 2018

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Steven F. Volesky **** Highway ** West

Roseville, MN. 55113



A key management position that will allow me to leverage my comprehensive management experience, team building and organization skills.


A highly organized and versatile manager, capable of achieving strategic goals by comprehending the big picture, while not losing sight of critical details. I am capable of drawing upon a diverse set of skills and experience, from both myself and others, to develop innovative solutions and approaches to transform challenging situations into opportunities for growth. A firm believer in preparation, committed to flexible operational responsiveness, and the mentoring employees in order to be able to react immediately to the ever-changing demands of a global business environment. Unique ability to identify and correct problems early, before they adversely affect operations. Seasoned managerial approach that promotes direct communication and team building, while providing a calm analytical, lead-by-example leadership style in stressful situations. Skills and strengths include:

Organizational Development Leadership Process Improvement

Operations Management Organizational Confidence Lean Manufacturing

Process Flow Development Effective Liaison Six Sigma Methodology

Supply Chain Team Building Cost Reduction/Savings

Risk Management Mentoring and Training Process Control

Proactive Positioning Problem Solving Marketing Support


Seagate Technology, Inc. 1998 – Present

Unit Manager, Manufacturing 1998 – 2004 & 2008 - Present

Direct responsibility for component manufacturing operations. Streamlined efficiency through process improvement projects, to identify and eliminate bottlenecks. Conducted safety audits and incident investigations to proactively ascertain and correct safety hazards. Covered for higher management in their absence. Champion for 5S / Kaizen.

Unit Manager, Training Department 2004 - 2008

Coordinate efforts dedicated to building an effective training program within a competitive IT environment by implementing uniform best-practice methods. Ensure accurate documentation of certifications, and employee coursework, meets corporate and ISO 90014 audit standards. Maintain all corporate polices, procedures and standards at the highest levels.

Serenity Gardens, Dominical, Costa Rica 2005 - Present

Co-Developer (PT)

Create profitable real estate and investment opportunities in Costa Rica for our founding members and business partners.

Amerilabs Technologies, Inc. 1997 – 1998

Production Manager

Direct responsibility for a 24/7, multi-stage, pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Responsible for balancing expenditures against schedule requirements, while ensuring quality levels meet strict industry standards. Unified diverse company business elements into a seamless operation committed to financial success in a highly competitive industry.

D & G Packaging 1996 - 1997

Shift Supervisor

Supervised versatile contract packaging lines dedicated to meeting the customer’s diverse packaging needs. Contributed to formulating contract bids, staffing requirements and line layout for optimum efficiency.



Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.

Master of Business Administration

Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.

Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Management and Communication


- Lean Manufacturing – Lean Master Certification, Seagate Technology

- Six Sigma, Green Belt Certification, Seagate Technology

- Business Analysis Essentials, New Horizons, Bloomington, MN.

- GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) – GMP Institute


Operational Management

Responsible for expanding production operations at a growing pharmaceutical company to enhance visibility and profit margins. Resulting in a 65% increase in production capacity and providing the ability to increase market share.

Scheduled production changeovers for multiple fresh product lines in a high-volume “Just-In-Time” food processing operation. Enabled delivery of finished product ready for shipment within 72 hours of the receipt of the customer’s order.

Negotiated a new contract for additional Temporary labor to supplement in-house staffing on finished product packaging line for a 24/7 pharmaceutical manufacturer. Achieved desired staffing flexibility in packaging to prevent excessive FT employee headcounts, thereby reducing packaging costs.

Refined the processing and packaging procedures for a new fresh product launched by a major food-manufacturing corporation. Capacity was able to ramp up at a rate that exceeded the steadily growing volume of customer orders.

Planning and Analysis

Contributing member of a team writing a Business Continuity Management plan for a wholesale printing corporation. The resulting strategy outlined second paths for components essential to servicing customers after an unexpected disruption of business capabilities. The BCM plan was approved by the Board of Directors for implementation.

Co-Developed a 235-acre real estate venture near Dominical, Costa Rica where targeted investments to date have yielded an audited four-fold increase in property value. Currently leveraging current real estate assets in order to expand inventory by way of negotiated land options for future sales opportunities.

Audited safety compliance for a three different manufacturing operations. Information gathered via the audit process was utilized to modify methods, layouts and structures in order to minimize possibility of future employee injuries due to preventable conditions.

Process Improvement

Liaison between Business Excellence group and production personnel. Positioned to champion benefits of process modifications generated by Lean Methodology to increase throughput, optimize equipment efficiency, reduce cycle time and eliminate waste.

Redesigned audit tracking system to allow mid-level management to monitor 5S compliance. Established central location for audit results, improved ability to identify reoccurring problems, while providing an active list of corrective actions and responsibility.

Oversight and overall coordination of an employee “idea generating” initiative at a Minnesota manufacturing facility to maximize communication between management and employees. This program delivered new approaches which cut costs, streamlined procedures and improved employee morale.

Mentoring and Training

Coordinated a proactive training program for a major retooling initiative implemented by a world-class Information Storage producer. Guaranteeing tool operator skills would be certified and available in advance of schedule requirements.

Leader of a team which conducted an all inclusive employee job satisfaction survey initiated by the departmental Director of Operations. The results were matched against previous survey data to gauge progress, and to determine target areas where added focus would further improve employee moral and growth.

Mentored subordinates to enter new roles, tailoring higher education and people skills to provide a ready pool of confident candidates capable of handling advanced duties and prepared for future promotion needs. Strengthening company operations with better skilled employees, able to lead by example, and positioned to accept elevated responsibilities and tasks.

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