NICHOLAS R. SMITH
SR. OPERATIONS / PROGRAM MANAGEMENT / SUPPLY CHAIN LEADER
Proven leader with 20 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Led a multitude of departments, programs, supply chain, manufacturing, IT, helpdesk, facilities and entire organizations to meet customer requirements and deliverables. Recognized as the go-to leader for the most challenging and complex programs due to aggressive approach and the ability to motivate others to excel and meet commitments.
Operations Management Program and Project Management Technical and Supply Chain Management Purchasing / Outsourcing Multi-site Management MRP / ERP OEM Agreements Bids and Proposals FAR / DFAR ISO / CMMI Six Sigma / Lean Union and Non-union Management Secret Clearance
L3 Technologies – Philadelphia, PA 2005 to 2018
Vice President of Operations 2010 to 2018
Provided leadership and strategic direction to a staff of over 100 in many disciplines including Operations, Procurement, Quality and Facilities. Engaged with entire business including Marketing, Finance, Engineering and others to review business forecast, labor and internal/external capacity.
Drove 99.7% on time contractual deliveries to all customers to support the war fighter and the US Navy.
Met all budget and financial commitments including Sales, EBIT and Cash.
Key lead on DX rated Navy program from the design phase through manufacturing.
Served as CPSR Procurement Lead mentoring new Procurement Manager to secure certification.
Champion of many Kaizen events leading to reduced cost, cycle times and the reduction of waste. Facilitated daily SCRUM standup meetings for over 30 programs.
Key member of Rapid Decision Making / Lean Improvement teams to quickly solve process problems.
Implemented a new tooling program where operators assisted in creating shadow boards and tool boxes for repeat orders.
Developed cost benefit analysis to outsource operations which enabled the program to add $500K to management reserve. Executed outsourcing plan and managed over a million-dollar capital budget.
Metric driven leader providing feedback to departments on performance and goal attainment which resulted in no surprises.
Acted as a change agent with high energy that led large organizations to implement critical transformational change to stay ahead of the competition.
Director of Supply Chain 2005 to 2010 Managed Purchasing Program Managers / Buyers to ensure products and services were delivered on schedule so engineering and production could meet commitments and deliverables. Developed agreements with 25 Key Suppliers and managing a supply base of over 200. $30M spend to support $70M in revenues.
Reorganized Procurement to add stratification and self directed work teams.
Developed an electronic tool for order confirmation that eliminated lost purchase orders.
Personally managed large subcontracts using Program Management techniques for planning, executing, controlling and closing.
Implemented new processes and procedures which resulted in ISO 9001 re-certification; procedures also enabled the group to pass other government and customer audits.
SBA Liaison – led team to first acceptable rating ever.
Computer Sciences Corporation – Moorestown, NJ 1999 to 2005
AEGIS Project Manager 2005 to 2005
Managed software development baseline in conjunction with Lockheed Martin Program Management Office. Monitored progress to plan utilizing an Earned Value Management System to integrate requirements / scope, cost and schedule.
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Senior Manager 2001 to 2005
Managed multiple technical departments including Operations, Program Management, System Engineering, etc. with an annual operating budget of 40 million dollars. Maintained a staff of 12 direct reports with a span of control of over 50. Integrated and fielded over $220M of equipment.
Manager 1999 to 2001
Manager of Production Operations including a 50,000 sq. ft. Integration Facility. Manage the design, hardware / software engineering, planning, purchasing, integration, maintenance and shipment of telecommunications equipment, CONUS / OCONUS.
EARLY CAREER EXPERIENCE
Kulicke & Soffa – Willow Grove, PA
Purchasing Program Manager
Managed a staff of Senior Procurement Specialists and Quality Engineers. Defined and integrated key business systems. Perform competitive analysis for both internal and external projects. Developed partnership / joint venture agreements. Developed and negotiated OEM agreements. Responsible for quality assessment audits.
Lockheed Martin – East Windsor, NJ
Out-Sourcing / Procurement Manager
Managed a staff of Senior Buyers that purchased electronic components. Managed transition team for PC board operation to Ocala Florida.
Operations Program Manager
Managed GE 1 satellite system program RF and digital components encompassing planning and material analysis for aerospace qualified boxes.
New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, NJ
Master of Science (MS), Engineering Management
Villanova University – Villanova, PA
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Penn State University – Philadelphia, PA
Operations Management Certificate
Rowan University – Glassboro, NJ
Bachelor of Science (BS), Business Administration / Management
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Training
Gettysburg Address Leadership Training / DiSC Profile Battleship, NJ
John C. Maxwell – 21 Laws of Leadership Training
Program Management Orientation Simulation (PMOS)
PMI PMP Certification Training
Project Management Overview, Cost and Schedule Analysis and Control
APICS Mid Atlantic Chapters Seminar, CPXXII - ERP training
Production Management (MRP) / Planning Capacity and Production Flow
L3 Communications Leadership Award
CSC Outstanding Performance Award
CSC Award of Excellence
K&S Instant Recognition Award
Martin Marietta Meritorious Achievement Award
Letter of Appreciation - Department of the Army