Sign in

Engineer Continuous Improvement

Whitestone, NY
April 20, 2016

Contact this candidate


Julie Hildebran

***** ****** **** ****

Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Cell: 440-***-****



REAL ALLOY/ALERIS, INC., Beachwood, Ohio (2/2014 – Present)

IT Manufacturing Systems Analyst: Responsible for the functional design and project management of selected

IT/Business initiatives.

Led IT Support for Oracle EBS R12 across 14 sites in Order Management, Order Management, Process Manufacturing, Inventory, and Supply Chain Management.

Worked with key business owners to streamline, document, and roll out Oracle EBS R12 platform, including Order Management, Process Manufacturing, Inventory, Supply Chain Management across multiple sites.

Led project to roll out new maintenance group software at 14 plants across North America, including data preparation and transfer, training for each plant, and working with each plant to be ready to start implementation.

Assessed process improvement possibilities to better utilize Oracle EBS R12 platform, and work with users to implement.

Provided project management and QA services for all assigned projects and enhancements.

Led effort to reduce upload time from spectrometer to ERP system from over an hour to less than a minute.

CONSOLIDATED PRECISION PRODUCTS, Eastlake, Ohio (12/2012 – 2/2014)

Value Stream Manager/Master Scheduler/Buyer: Responsible for overseeing production’s product flow,

inventory flow and systems flow to ensure the plant met customer requirements.

Assessed problems with ERP system (Oracle EBS R12), taking On Time Delivery for the plant from 28% to 86%.

Updated all lead-time and yield for products in the system to make them accurate to allow planning of production to be done via the ERP system.

Cleared up discrepancies in jobs and inventory on the production floor in the ERP system by finding the issues, and developing a new process to keep it more accurate going forward.

Led continuous process improvement team to improve average age of jobs on the floor from 77 days to 38 days.

Led continuous improvement effort to figure out new process for coordinating calibrating gages.

Worked with ERP IT expert and production personnel to improve the rework and disposition process, eliminating 2 hours of work per job on the production floor.

Led continuous improvement effort to reduce the amount of items in the MRB area

Led continuous process improvement team to improve average days late to start a job from 26 days to 4 days.

Implemented Value Stream walk through all of the departments on the production floor, resulting in over 450 action items to improve the areas (created and managed the action list- over 92% of actions have been completed).

Developed new reports from the ERP system (Oracle) to help assess where opportunities lay for process improvement.

Created MS Access database to track alloy testing, reducing the time to create and send test requests by 70%.

Purchased all alloy for the plant.

Created and led Alloy Strategy weekly meeting in order to reduce costs of alloy and to ensure alloy was available when needed on production floor.

CARDIOINSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Cleveland, Ohio (3/2011 – 12/2012)

Quality/Manufacturing/Process Development Engineer: Supported development of operations processes,

product development, and attaining FDA and European CE mark/ISO13485 compliance for product.

Co-led effort to become CE-mark compliant to allow product to be sold in Europe- attained approval in 2011

Developed and maintained all operations processes including inventory database, incoming inspection process, final inspection process, and non-conformance process.

Worked with critical suppliers on quality and delivery issues resulting in improved quality of components and better delivery.

Developed and maintained customer complaint process and database.

Led Failure Modes and Effects Analysis risk analysis.

Led project to roll out new software/hardware update to product.

Created procedures/processes for all business processes in order to become CE and ISO13485 compliant.

Led effort to improve software development process.

BEN VENUE LABORATORIES, Bedford, Ohio (12/2009-3/2011)

Process Specialist: Acted as internal consultant to improve processes through application

of Lean and Six Sigma concepts to ensure process efficiency and effectiveness on major projects, and to maintain

regulatory compliance.

Created and maintained continuous improvement idea database allowing for associates throughout the company to submit ideas for improvement.

Trained all supervisors on Root Cause Analysis techniques.

Led effort to improve process of production scheduling and shipping of product, resulting in meeting production budget for first time in 5 years and reducing lead-time of documentation for each item by 80%.

Led team to implement daily management boards.

PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE, Mayfield Village, Ohio (2/2009 – 12/2009)

IT Business Process Analyst: Acted as internal consultant to IT group to improve processes through application

of Lean and ITIL concepts, to ensure process efficiency and effectiveness on major projects, and to maintain

ISO9001:2008 compliance.

Developed process and defined roles and responsibilities for engaging Continual Service Improvement team for a continuous improvement project.

Facilitated the development of goals and metrics for team.

Facilitated team off-site meeting to create 2009 objectives, and to develop team action list to attain team objectives by end of the year.

Worked as a resource on a team to improve shipping/receiving cycle time by 40% and reduce floor space by 30%.

Facilitated current state process map creation.

Facilitated future state process map creation.

Facilitated development of action list to implement future state map.

Re-established and maintained ISO 9001:2008 Internal Audit process.

Worked with team to develop roadmap for 2010 for Continual Service Improvement team.

Led 4 Internal Audits in 4 months.

FLUKE BIOMEDICAL LLC, A DANAHER COMPANY, Solon, Ohio (11/2000 – 11/2008)

Danaher Business System Leader/Staff Continuous Improvement Engineer: Coordinated the implementation of the Danaher Business System. Led and facilitated continuous improvement projects and over 70 kaizens in Standard Work, Kanban, and Value Stream Mapping.

Implemented Lean Manufacturing through leading Standard Work and Kanban kaizens resulting in the following:

$3M reduction in inventory first year.

Increase in productivity from 61% to 108%.

Reduction in required floor space in order to allow 15,000 square foot distribution facility to be shut down, and fit material into existing 15,000 square foot facility.

Led kaizens in Value Stream Mapping and Transactional Process Improvement, and led continuous improvement projects resulting in the following:

Reduction in average sales order lead-time from over 30 to fewer than 5 days.

Reduction in customer complaints on Order Entry issues from ten per month to none.

Reduction in past due sales dollars from $1.2M to $20K in less than a year.

Attained Master Black Belt in Standard Work, Material/Demand Flow, and Transactional Process Improvement., and attained leader certification in Value Stream Mapping.

Initiated and implemented process change on how product was built, resulting in a reduction in customer complaints on a product from five per month to none.

Worked as a Master Scheduler, Production Manager, Shipping Supervisor, Document Control Manager, Quality Manager, and Senior Buyer while positions were waiting to be filled, which allowed company to continue to meet key performance indicators while there was a gap in coverage.

Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor: Led and facilitated continuous improvement projects and managed 2

engineers, 2 technicians, and a draftsperson.

Solved operations problems for manufacturing group, including Product/Kit Structure Changes, Standard Cost Changes/Maintenance, Production Router Maintenance, Inventory Issues, Work Order/Build Order Issues, Shipping/Receiving Process Issues, Order Entry Issues, Product Master Issues.

Performed Internal Audits to ensure FDA and ISO 13485 compliance. Certified as an Internal/External Auditor in FDA environment.

GRAFTECH, INC., Lakewood, Ohio (1/2000-11/2000)

Process Manager, Fabrication Department.

Managed 24 production workers in a machining environment

Participated on SMED kaizen to reduce set up time on rolling machine.

Initiated improvements in processes and motivational tools resulting in an increase in productivity of 15%, and a decrease in missed shipments of 80%.

Created continuous improvement team for department, resulting in a 50% decrease in customer complaints per 100 shipments.

Created and facilitated "ideas for improvement" database and team to review ideas submitted by all employees for improvement to processes, work environment, safety, quality, which was instrumental in allowing Graftech, Inc. to pass the QS9000 audit.

BAYER DIAGNOSTICS CORPORATION, Oberlin, Ohio (8/1996 –1/2000)

General Manufacturing Supervisor, Manufacturing Department

Managed three assembly departments on production floor.

Led corrective action teams for three products, effecting an average reduction in quality errors of 62%.

Project Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department

Led project team to implement new product from design to implementation in manufacturing.

Led Deviation Improvement Team to implement a new deviation process that made process more fool proof, and more efficient.

CIRCON ACMI, Norwalk, Ohio (9/1995 – 8/1996)

Manufacturing Engineer, Urology, Gynecology, & Lens Departments

Supported three lines of assembly as engineer.

Led projects to bring new products into manufacturing.

Performed capability studies to determine effectiveness of in-house and supplier processes.

Participated on team to implement ISO 9000 procedures to attain initial ISO 9000 certification, effecting a successful certification.

STEELCASE, INC., Grand Rapids, Michigan (1/1994 – 9/1995)

Technical Team Supervisor/Manufacturing Engineer, E9000 Division

Re-established and led divisional Quality Council team.

Did troubleshooting of products made on large equipment in machining environment.

Participated on team to create a new scrap reporting system for plant.

Manufacturing Engineer, E9000 Division

Led several project teams to implement product enhancements in manufacturing that were implemented on time.

Performed and analyzed capability studies, and gage repeatability and reproducibility studies on equipment.

Led project team to synchronize final assembly department with other departments, and to make the final assembly area significantly more efficient.


MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; graduated August 1998, Cleveland State University.



ITIL Foundations

Internal/External Auditor Training for FDA compliance

Basics of Six Sigma

Toastmasters Club; Competent Toastmaster.

APICS Certification: JIT

Resource Management(APICS)

Process Failure Modes & Effects Analysis Workshop

Statistical Process Control(SPC)

Contact this candidate