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Purchasing / Materials / Operations Manager

Elburn, IL
October 06, 2018

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SUMMARY: A manager with extensive experience in a high volume manufacturing environment for OEM, Tier I and Tier II customers. Knowledge of what is required to produce company objectives from management experiences in manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, corporate projects and logistics. Demonstrated track record in reducing costs, implementing process improvements, and efficiencies to meet corporate goals.


Operations / Safety / Process Engineering

Supply Chain Management / Contract Negotiations / Logistics

Lean Manufacturing / 5S

APQP/Problem Solving / Mistake Proofing

Construction Project Management

Quality Assurance Standards

System Design & Implementation

Team Building & Employee Development

Organizational Skills / Structure


Tella Tool & Mfg. Co. – Lombard, IL

Operations and Purchasing Manager March 2015 - July 2018

Operation areas consisted of 100,000 square feet, with approximately 100 production associates. Production processes included, stamping 30 ton to 600 ton, fabrication using laser, turret presses, press brakes, mig / tig, resistance welding, deburring, horizontal and vertical 4 axis CNC milling machines.

Responsibilities included all production operations, tool room, maintenance, centralized purchasing and logistics for Lombard, IL and Brownsville, TX.

Hired as Purchasing Manager in March of 2015

Reduced costs by $2.73M consisting of materials, scrap sales, freight, and packaging expenses from 2015 through June 2018.

Reestablished professional relations with suppliers

Promoted to Operations Manager June of 2017

Hit monthly sales forecast 100% of the time.

Turned consistent monthly losses into to profit

Reduced past due shipments from 10% to 0.3%

Implemented preventative maintenance program

Maintained 99.8% inventory accuracy

Zero lost time accidents

Microplastics, Inc. – St. Charles, IL

Materials Manager January 2013 - May 2014

ISO / TS16949 Certified - Operation areas consisted of 60,000 square feet, with approximately 125 production associates. Production processes included, conventional molding, insert molding, metal stamping, stitching, silicone potting, silicone gasket application, component assembly, leak and Hipot testing.

Responsibilities included materials management, customer service management, and logistics management. Continued production scheduling / prioritizing, and maintained constant review of production staffing to accomplish daily priorities.

Introduced lean manufacturing process benefits

Maintained 99.7% inventory accuracy

Reduced freight costs by 43%

Reduced packaging costs by 22%

Microplastics, Inc. – St. Charles, IL

Production Manager September 2011 - January 2013

As Production Manager had zero lost day safety incidents

98.6% On-time customer delivery performance

Introduced 5S concept of manufacturing floor layout and process for maintaining 5S cleanliness

Introduced team quick change-over of molds. Enhanced pre-staging process and equipment

Scheduled production to make certain the production department was producing the correct product, in the correct lot sizes, to achieve customer delivery satisfaction.

Principal Manufacturing Corp. – Broadview, IL

Director of Operations August 2009 - April 2011

ISO / TS16949 Certified Operation areas consisted of 160,000 square feet, with approximately 250 production associates. Production processes included, conventional stamping, fine blanking, insert molding, robotic welding, projection / spot welding, CNC turning, broaching, brazing, and double disc grinding.

Reorganized the production, quality and engineering departments after 2008 recession. Recruited and changed key members of staff to develop organizational structure, professionalism and goal oriented cohesiveness.

Consolidated staff to consist of (5) managers heading the Production, Quality, Engineering, Tool Room, and Logistics departments. Reorganized the departments to adjust to the changing business conditions through continuous improvements in productivity, quality / engineering process changes, lean manufacturing, preventive maintenance and MRP refinement. Results of reorganization:

75% Reduction in scrap

32% Reduction in rework

64% Increase in production output per person

Increased inventory turns from 6 to 14 turns annually

37% Reduction in unscheduled equipment downtime

Developed front line relations by listening to associate's suggestions and concerns, to help identify needs for continuous improvement.

Materials Manager February 2009 - July 2009

Managed production scheduling and customer service commitments.

Responsible for all material purchases of coil, sheet, plate, and bar stock. Materials were mainly automotive and aircraft grade types.

Improved supplier relations by being honest and following through on commitments.

Eliminated excess / obsolete material commitments inventoried at suppliers.

34% Reduction in material inventory

22% Reduction in material costs by taking short term buy stances and later long term stances as material markets changed.

Olson International Ltd. – Lombard, IL

Corporate Project Manager 2004 – 2009 (25 Years of tenure with Olson International Ltd.)

ISO / TS16949 Certified

Responsible for all corporate project management directives, directed APQP process management, logistics management and estimating management.

Implemented MAPICS software management system in Matamoros and Monterey Mexico. Allocated one week every 4-6 weeks implementing updates and improvements in departmental reporting systems and processes.

Improved customer quotation hit rate from 7.9% to 9.8%, maintaining 96% on-time delivery.

Eliminated annual physical inventories. Maintained 99.5% or greater inventory accuracy and 99.8% on-time delivery performance

Managed the construction of a 25,000 square foot building addition.

Managed the construction of a 7,500 square foot two story quality lab / production office addition.

Engineering Manager 1998 - 2004

Responsibilities included supplier selection, APQP, PPAP, new tooling, die revisions, process engineering, and customer quotation presentations. Staff of (11) included; (2) Senior Tooling Engineers, (3) Tooling Engineers, (1) Die Sensor / CAD Engineer, (2) PPAP Quality Engineers, (2) Manufacturing Engineers and (1) CAD Coordinator.

Coordinated $10 million in annual tooling sales and maintained 22% gross profit for tooling builds.

Averaged 27 PPAP submissions per month, maintaining 98% on-time delivery.

Successfully implemented fully electronic die protection recovering 82% production die repair costs.

Implemented in-die multi-head tapping, in-die multi-head staking of clinch nuts, clinch studs and rivets.

Improved customer quotation hit rate from 3.8% to 7.9%, maintaining 94% on-time delivery.

Plant Manager 1993 - 1998

Responsible for Production, Production Control, Tool Room and Maintenance Departments, consisting of approximately 125 hourly and 6 salaried team members in a combination of union and non-union environment.

Zero lost time safety incidents

Successfully managed a 25% growth in sales in 1993 and a 55% growth in sales in 1994. Each year were record years.

Plant expansion from 45,000 square feet of manufacturing area to 95,000 square feet, from a single building operation to a three location operation.

Focus primarily on safety, quality, efficiency, training, mistake proofing, and preventive maintenance.

Implemented quick die change reducing set-ups to 20 minutes or less on press up to 400 tons.

Purchasing Manager 1986 - 1993

Responsible for all purchases including, capital equipment, building acquirements, outside subcontracting, raw material and MRO requirements. Evaluated suppliers based on quality, service, terms and price.

CPM Certified

Reduced supplier base, formed partnerships, increased supplier percentage of business to leverage cost reductions and quality improvements.

Olson International Ltd. – Lombard, IL (continued)

Implemented pull systems for packaging and raw material to reduce in house inventory

Reduced raw material purchases as a percentage of sales to 25%.

Over-all reduction in raw material costs by 20%.

Reduced packaging costs by 33%.

Improved on-time delivery performance of suppliers to 99%.

Olson International Ltd. – Lombard, IL

Traffic and Inventory Manager 1984 - 1986

Responsible for inventory, shipping, receiving, and material handling personnel.

Maintained a 99% inventory accuracy and purchased all plant and tool room supplies.


Oakton Community College - CPM Certified

College of DuPage – Business REFERENCES: Available upon request

Software Experience:

MS Office, Symix, Job Boss, Vantage (Epicore), Stye-Line, Mapics, Plex

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