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General Manager

Reno, NV
January 31, 2019

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Girish K. Pandit 775-***-**** Reno, NV 89511

Career Profile

Innovative executive with 15+ years direct management experience in manufacturing across a range of high-profile assignments in large fortune 500-companies, private and public sector. Demonstrated adaptability in streamlining business operations including budgets ranging from $5M to $12M and team sizes from 15 - 268 staff in multi-site, multi-shift operations and schedules. Proven track record of double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth. Recognized top performer, received National Production Executive All Star award in 2008.

Core competencies include Strategic Planning, Leadership & Mentoring, Quality Management, Goal Based KPI metrics, Financial Management, Change Management, Continuous Process Improvement, Project Management, Start-up Company Engagement, Interpersonal Skills, Materials Management, Procurement, and OSHA Compliant Safety Programs. Educational credentials include MBA from Kennedy Western University and Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from University of Nevada.

Professional Experience and Contributions


Director of Operations

Manage annual budget process, startups, strategy development, provided research, sales advice, operational model development and roll-on work to startup businesses from idea conception to an established entity.


General Manager/Plant manager – Sales Expansion, Operations Excellence & Change Management

Developed and implemented day-to day operations strategy across all plant manufacturing activities including annual budget, asset management, maintenance, capital expenditure, purchasing, inventory plans and workflow planning. Drove plant production improvement from $12M to $16M. Cultivated a collaborative winning culture generating a reduction in staff turnover from 40% to 2.5%. Increased productivity 28% and operating profit 20%.

Key Accomplishments:

Developed and executed process improvement initiatives to drive accountability and business growth utilizing performance metrics (KPIs), TPM, 5S, Kaizen and LEAN/Six Sigma concepts (LSS).

Managed the streamlining of the engineering and maintenance staff activities to enhance 100% equipment optimization, repairs to include on-time manufacturing targets to meet or exceed world class service levels.

Scaled the business from 50% to 85% capacity in one year, focus on customer interface, restructured warehousing and shipping strategy to reduce inefficiencies by 15%, saving $56,000, eliminated silos in production areas increasing output by 20%.

Coordinated site preventative maintenance activities ensuring 100% equipment uptime; environment health, safety (EHS) regulations compliance. Adopted Zero Tolerance safety culture policies.

“Accident Free” Workplace Safety Awards for 90 and 120-day intervals for steel fabrication plant 2017-2018.

STATE OF NEVADA Carson City, NV 07/10 – 04/16

Employment Security Division Manager, DMV Rural Services Manager

Provided leadership, develop strategies, management oversight at capital city office and three rural offices sharing guidance across operations strategy, budgets, unit growth, customer service, presentation skill and continuous improvement to maximize efficiency and productivity in a reliable and efficient manner.

Key Accomplishments:

Delivered high standards and goals by adopting leadership skills to delegate and empower employees, teamwork, consistency, integrity, and interpersonal skills; prompting increase in customer growth by 18%.

Collaborated and communicated with employees, facilitated employee development, coaching, team building and conflict-resolution; resulting in an overall improvement in staff performance by 56%.

Raised customer satisfaction 35% by designing and implementing continuous improvement processes that reduced response time to customer needs and inquiries by 50%. Strategic workforce development.

SIERRA NEVADA MEDIA GROUP Carson City, NV 7/03 – 12/10

Regional Director Of Operations

Accountable for all aspects of plant performance across a portfolio of 6 newspapers, 2 magazines, 8 locations, 268 personnel; $12 million operating budget, site P&L, in a fast-paced, high-growth, multi-site, multi-team deadline driven environment. Ensured that business objectives are achieved in a safe, ethical cost-effective manner.

Key Accomplishments:

Drove Improvements in the plant production, operations, propelled growth from $18M to $20M.

Implemented LEAN manufacturing best practices and delivered rapid business expansion by improving throughput by 138% and revenue growth by 320% with a 32% profit margin.

Delivered 278% gains in On-Time Delivery, remediating routes, and modifying truck loading patterns.

Safety Team Leader, championed effective workplace safety, introduced internal policies in line with health and safety regulatory compliance. Awarded 4,160-hour accident free recognition certificate.

Captured 30% reduction in inventory utilizing Just-In-Time process redesign, analytics and optimization.

Reduced waste generation by 28% driving $350,000 annual budget revenue enhancement.

Executed a Green Project to meet environmentally sustainable goals, resulting in $120,000 annual income from recycled waste.

Additional Professional Experience

Dow Jones & Company (Publishers of The Wall Street Journal), Plant Manager Atlanta, GA 2/99 – 02/03

Education & Training

Master of Business Administration (Business Management)


Bachelor of Science (Production Print Management)


Bachelor of Science (Economics, Accounting & Auditing)


Six Sigma Black Belt, University of Reno, NV

Memberships, Achievements & Honors

1st Rank Gold Medal Print Production recipient, Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, International Quality Award Winner (IFRA, 02), Organizing committee member, Newspaper Association of America (NAA, 2006-09).

Salutatorian, 2012 Supervisor’s Academy, Department of Health and Human Services, State of Nevada. Franklin Covey Institute Leadership Certifications, Eckerd College, St Petersburg Florida, Leadership Development Program (LDP) Certification. Customer Centered Design Team Lead (2015), DETR/State of Nevada, Fiscal Leadership Team (FLC), DETR 2016, Board Member – Nevada Business Connections (2016-18), International Society of Business Leaders (2018), MS Office Proficient (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

OSHA, EPA and DOT HAZMAT Material Safety Handling Certifications, The Aarcher Institute – Environmental Training Certified, EHS, (40-hour bootcamp, 2017) OSHA Certification (10 Hour, General Safety, 2017).

Volunteer Activities/Community Outreach

US Marine Corps – Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America, Program Advisor and Consultant – Career College of Northern Nevada, Reno (2016) USA Taekwondo Volunteer Coach for Children, Food Bank of Northern Nevada Volunteer for Annual Turkey Drive

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