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Manager Manufacturing

Milwaukee, WI, 53220
December 30, 2018

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David J Sobchak Plant/General Manager 414-***-**** Greendale, WI 53219

Effective manager, with proven ability to improve plant performance and more than 20 years' success in production management. Expertise in budget planning, inventory management, and quality management. Adept at applying Lean manufacturing methodology to generate cost savings. Strong operational leadership in welding, fabrication, machining, painting, and assembly ISO/TS Quality Systems. Demonstrated ability to lead process improvements, directing implementation of emerging technology solutions to resolve business challenges. Technical proficiency: Material Requirements Planning systems, Enterprise Resource Planning systems, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite.

Areas of Expertise include:

Operations Management

Performance Management

Environmental Health & Safety Compliance

P&L Management

Team Building & Leadership

Continuous Process Improvement

Quality Systems Management

Training & Development

Professional Experience

GE (Waukesha Engine) • Waukesha, WI • February 2018 to Present

Provider of reciprocating gas engines, power equipment, and services focused on power generation and gas compression.


Recruited to manage production operations during forced plant closing, leading most productive shift in plant by holding employees accountable for performance. Oversee daily operations of plant to ensure reliability and consistency on production line.

Key Accomplishments:

Supervise front-line and hourly manufacturing employees, efficiently and accurately resolving production issues and explaining/correcting technical issues.

Prepare and deliver presentations on metrics, project status, and research.

Ray's Precision Thread Rolling • Waukesha, WI • October 2017 to January 2018

Offers precision thread rolling services and precision machining solutions for companies across wide range of industries.

General Manager

Managed day-to-day operations of thread rolling processes, emphasizing quality control, safety, and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance. Performed sales-related functions, preparing quotations in response to customer requests and developing capital expenditure projects. Ensured compliance with ISO standards.

Key Accomplishments:

Led continuous process improvements, using Lean manufacturing methodologies to manage team and champion execution of long and short-range business objectives.

Managed all aspects of production from bid response to finished product, meeting or exceeding quality and production goals and reducing scrap.

Gnutti Carlo • Jacksonville, AL • March 2016 to September 2017

Global leader in development and supply of severe-duty and high-performance valve train and fuel injection components for construction, agricultural, marine, genset, and transportation engines.

Plant Manager Machine Shop

Directed machine shop operations, leading implementation of process improvements that increased all measured performance indicators while reducing head count and labor costs. Played key role in determining budget for business unit, analyzing capital budget and managing P&L for machine shop. Helped develop high-performance culture, spearheading change to One Piece Flow Manufacturing mindset.

Key Accomplishments:

Managed quality improvements, implementing Lean manufacturing processes to generate cost savings of $350k, improving output by increasing pieces per direct labor hour SA from 8 to 26.

Drove process improvement, reducing work in process by 98%, improving efficiency by 23%, and slashing cycle time using advanced tooling to improve productivity by 30%.

Grede • Menomonee Falls, WI • May 2012 to October 2015

Leading manufacturer of cast, machined, and assembled components for transportation and industrial markets.

Manufacturing Manager

Oversaw manufacturing operations for two manufacturing plants, implementing plans and procedures to improve performance while holding employees accountable. Played pivotal role in long-term financial planning for department and capital expense budget. Controlled inventory and logistics, reducing costs and improving delivery. Championed implementation of culture change to One Piece Flow Manufacturing from batch processing.

Key Accomplishments:

Led continuous process improvement, increasing efficiency by 7% and utilization by 8% while maintaining compliance with company policies and standards.

Grunau Metals Division • Oak Creek, WI • November 2010 to February 2012

Design, installation, and servicing of mechanical systems including HVAC, plumbing, piping, temperature controls, electrical, refrigeration, underground utilities and fire protection.

Manufacturing Manager

Managed safety, quality, delivery, and productivity, identifying and removing constraints while implementing and teaching Lean methodologies to employees. Programmed plasma torch and set up kan ban system for consumables, teaching operators how to use system and control inventory.

Key Accomplishments:

Drove performance improvements, implementing Quality Program and reversing potential loss of 600k to loss of less than 5k in four months.

Selected Additional Experience

Pentair, PFEP Coordinator, Delavan, WI

Developed layout to increase supermarket size by 50%, improving safety, delivery and organization; completed project five months ahead of schedule.

UPI, Fabrication Manager, Eagle, WI

Installed and configured equipment, programming all parts and submitting Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).

Harley-Davidson, Work Group Advisor II, Milwaukee, WI

Managed safety, quality, delivery, and productivity, using 6S processes to improve performance, reducing both downtime and overtime.

Generac Power Systems, Production Supervisor, Eagle, WI

Supervised four distinct production and welding cells, managing with 55 employees on two shifts and improving productivity from 58% to 72%.


Master of Business Administration

Cardinal Stritch University • Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Cardinal Stritch University • Milwaukee, WI

Emphasis on Human Resource Management

Professional & Community Involvement

Associate Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Computer and Automated Systems, 1995-2015

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