Howard Russell Shields
P. O. Box ***
Carthage, IN 46115
Purchasing Manager PK USA, Shelbyville Indiana Apr 2014 – Apr 2019
PK provides Axle tubes, E-coated components, stamping and plastic injection moldings to the automotive markets. Major customers include DANA, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Subaru.
Responsible for managing supplier relations along with supplier quality and delivery as well as supplier improvement plans when necessary
Responsible for direct (140M), Indirect (1M), Services(600K) and MRO (2M) spend for three facilities in the US.
Achieved 1.2M year over year saving over the past 3 years in direct, 100K year over year savings in Indirect, 50K savings in services and 300K in MRO savings through supplier negotiation and selection.
Pure Power Technologies/Navistar Foundry, Indianapolis, Indiana Apr 2012 – Apr 2014
Pure Power provided engine and related component casting to the truck and automotive markets, Major customers include Ford, Caterpillar, and Navistar. Pure Power was part of the engine group of Navistar International Corporation.
Controlled supply chain negotiations for a 300 UAW represented foundry with an annual purchasing spend of 100M. Including direct, indirect MRO and services
Materials Manager Workhorse Custom Chassis/Navistar 2005 – Apr 2012
Responsible for improvements in all aspects of Materials (300M annual spend) including:
Master scheduling/forecasting, material planning, material expediting, shop floor control/loading, ISO certification, inbound/outbound logistics along with indirect martials procurement and product quality.
Successfully reduced days of supply from 19 to 5 with corresponding reduction in raw material inventory from 14.3M to 3.6M thru implementation of Kan Ban, small container packaging, and internal/external kaizen events.
Part of the ERP upgrade team that moved the company to a WEB based ERP system with changes to the standard reporting that have achieved 98% on time delivery from the supplier base for the past 6 years. (Approximately 600 suppliers)
Introduced visual control within the manufacturing plant that resulted in a 20% reduction in change over time and increased efficiency of manpower.
Introduced shop quality tracking system that successfully reduced defects per unit from 3.5 to less than one over a two year period.
Aided the company in achieving initial and continuing ISO certification by development of necessary procedures and forms.
Incorporated cycle counting into shop performance measurements while introducing casual analysis for inventory discrepancies which has moved record accuracy from below 90% to above 99% resulting in 98% on time delivery of finished goods.
Senior Planner Workhorse Custom Chassis 2003-2005
I successfully managed three major programs though coordination of engineering changes and supplier performance.
I introduced a supplier performance measurement program.
I achieved green belt certification.
Plant Manager Boone Machining 1995-2003
Controlled expense (P/L) including Sales, Service, Manufacturing, Maintenance Human Resources and material management for small machining company. (60 non represented)
I introduced process for scheduling tool changes that was responsible for successfully increasing production throughput by 15% while controlling manufacturing cost.
Responsible for successfully achieving initial and continuing ISO certification.
Project manager Northrop Grumman 1991-1995
Responsible for achieving significant performance improvement targets through value stream mapping.
Resolved production problems that resulted in an 80% reduction in rework cost.
Coordinated departmental strategic planning (both capital and operational) which was incorporated into the division’s long range business plan.
Implemented JIT material delivery and lean manufacturing concepts within the division.
Production Supervisor Northrop Grumman 1989-1991
Supervised 30 employees in the fabrication and processing of sheet metal and extruded details. Successfully interviewed, hired and trained 8 new employees while maintaining performance and morale of the work group.
Successfully trained operators in SPC techniques and implemented TQM throughout the Sheet Metal Department.
Material Control Supervisor Northrop Grumman 1987-1989
Supervised activities of 15 employees involved in the acquisition of movement of material within the Machining, Sheet Metal, Paint and Processing Departments.
As a team member, I recommended and implemented Anderson Consulting MACPAC/D MRP II system. This moved the company from a paper system to a true ERP system. I was responsible for establishing necessary material and shop management reports and reviewing initial BOM’s.
Materials Coordinator Northrop Grumman 1986-1987
Maintained shop loading/scheduling and expedited parts through detail fabrication to ensure schedule was achieved.
Skills and Training
Microsoft Office QAD enterprise software
University of Texas MBA Finance
Purdue University BS Aviation Technology.