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Executive Operations and Engineering Management

Location:
Seattle, Washington, United States
Posted:
October 20, 2016

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ANDREW H. WEBER, MBA

206-***-****

acw5xb@r.postjobfree.com www.linkedin.com/in/ahweber

SUMMARY

Innovative, analytical, hands-on Hardware Development Executive with over 15 years of experience leading advanced technology projects. Expertise and demonstrated success in business operations, systems engineering, program management, product launch, and building, leading and empowering international cross-functional teams.

AREAS OF PROFICIENCY

Operations strategy, engineering management, product and program management, financial modeling and forecasting, supply chain management, product launch, R&D, cost control, contract negotiations, marketing, business development, alliance and partnerships, intellectual property management, personal development and mentorship.

EMPLOYMENT

Vice President of Operations Plexera LLC Seattle, WA 2013-2016

Responsible for all aspects of the PlexArray® HT, our flagship surface plasmon resonance imaging system including hardware and software program management, consumables, R&D, financial modeling and forecasting, pricing, manufacturing, testing, BOM and inventory management, quality process, supply chain, product website, trade show exhibitions, and IP portfolio management. Also started the domestic marketing program for the contract research business, led operations strategy, strategic partnerships, business operations, strategic planning, and advised the CEO and other stakeholders in business strategy and vision.

Highlights:

• Pioneered significant changes in consumables that reduced two failure modes by nearly 100%, improved instrument sensitivity by 20%, and reduced customer lead times from 5 weeks to 1.5 weeks while reducing cost and inventory levels.

• Worked with suppliers to reduce upstream supply chain constraints. This resulted in over 60% reduction of key inventory lead times

• Developed a new purchasing and manufacturing schedule which reduced raw material inventory by more than a factor 3 by better coordinating supplier delivery with production schedules.

• Identified additional, unique sales channel for a major supplier and used this to propose and successfully negotiate favorable terms in a new OEM private labeling agreement.

• United the applications, engineering, marketing, and sales teams in US and Asia branches by launching and administering SharePoint

• Wrote company strategic plan, business plan, and pro-forma financial statements for series A capital raise.

Director of Engineering Plexera LLC Seattle, WA 2010-2013

Led the engineering programs for the flagship surface plasmon resonance imaging system. Recovered valuable institutional knowledge and subsequently led international teams through first commercial product launch, better coordinated supply chain, improved software revision control, inventory control, bill of materials, production schedule, quality process, and documentation. Facilitated regular, international, cross-disciplinary staff meetings.

Beamline Manager Small Angle X-ray Scattering Center for Advanced

Microstructures and Devices Baton Rouge, LA 2007-2010

Led the transformation of the small angle x-ray scattering beamline into one of the busiest and most reliable beamlines at the Center. Increased capabilities by upgrading hardware and software and significantly expanded user base though better marketing and service.

Research Associate Transducer/Seismometer Development Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 2003 - 2006

Designed and built superconducting circuit prototype for the inductance modulated gravitational wave transducer. Characterized superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) noise and performance. Led the development of two broadband, force balance seismometers for operation in a vacuum environment. Created and optimized the feedback loops, machined the hardware, designed the electronics, and wrote the control software.

Research Associate Transducer Development University of Maryland

College Park, MD 2000 - 2003

Developed a novel inductance modulated, cryogenic, dual SQUID transducer for the ALLEGRO resonant-mass gravitational wave antenna. Designed the mechanical resonators, superconducting circuitry, and electrical housing.

Research Associate Mechanical Alloying University of Maryland

Balt. Co. Baltimore, MD 1999 - 2000

Investigated alloys formed by high energy ball milling. Methods included x-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and vibrating sample magnetometry.

Antenna Technician Metro Antenna Baltimore, MD 1996 - 1998

Installed and maintained equipment and infrastructure for radio and microwave-based communication networks.

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration, Executive

June 2016

University of Washington Foster School of Business Bata Gama Sigma Honors Society

Master of Science, Physics

December 2009

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Thesis: Design, Fabrication, and Operation of Two Broadband Force Balance Seismometers

Bachelor of Science, Physics

December 2002

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES

Served as Board Member, Chairman, and VP of several 501(c)(3) organizations and associations. Co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific journal publications MBA Honors Recognition - Top 20%

UW Foster Business Plan Competition Finalist

CAMD/LSU Research and Economic Development Professional Development Grant Attended numerous conventions, seminars, and courses.



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