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Senior R&D, QC, and Production. Manager

Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
October 03, 2016

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John F. Cadavid

** ****** *****, **** ** Cell: 203-***-****

Norwalk, CT 06855


Accomplished Chemical Engineer with extensive experience in the production and development of specialty chemical materials, waterborne polymers and technology transfer of manufacturing and operations processes. Seeking to utilize and expand my multi-functional chemical engineering background in all related areas of chemical and manufacturing operations. Emphasis on R&D, technical service, transfer of technology, management and quality assurance programs. Extensive knowledge of design and application of acrylate polymers complemented by a solid background in management and operations of a chemical plant, including purchasing of equipment and raw materials. Exceptional problem solving skills under varied circumstances. Proficient in world class lab procedures. Fluent in Spanish.


Optimized manufacturing processes resulting in increased production by 25% to meet sales targets.

Upgraded and modified formulations to improve quality generating 25% cost savings.

Designed formulations for 20 new products currently in the market.

Developed model for air pollution in the acrylate polymer process approved by the DEP.

Coordinated and implemented programs to reduce air and water pollution and hazardous waste in the manufacturing process.


Hampford Research, Inc., Stratford, CT 2008 - 2016

A specialty chemical company, offering handcraft custom solutions for R&D, pilot and full scale production for the manufacturing of dental, electronic, printing and imaging, optical lens, and curable adhesives and coating industries.

Senior Production Chemist

Managed scale-up of production of all new and existing products.

Validated Processes of manufacturing from R&D to plant production.

Scheduled of kilo lab processing products, including pilot manufacturing products.

Purchasing of equipment and raw materials for the production of kilo lab materials, R&D and QC labs.

Coordinated and managed write up of processes for the commercial manufacturing products.

Maintained inventory of kilo lab processes, including purchasing of raw materials and finished products.

Developed and instituted manufacturing procedures for the kilo lab and plant production materials.

Supported sales development and marketing strategies including technical sales & service for development of new products.

Interfaced with QA/QC department, developing new instrumentation techniques and methods of analysis, as well as instituting quality programs.

Assisted, implemented and coordinated to all R&D activities for the development of new products.

Provided support to QC for the write up of quality procedures, including implementation of quality system into GMP and ISO formats.

Planned and assisted to all maintenance programs for all QC, R&D and Pilot equipment.

Enhanced and contributed with all lab and plant activities to comply to Environmental Health and Safety programs.

Von Roll USA, Inc., New Haven, CT 2006 - 2008

A multinational and international company, leader for the electrical and electronic industry for insulation materials of high, medium, and low voltage. Its industry combines among other products of insulation: Coated fabrics, lamination of flexible materials, conductive coatings, synthetic organic resins, polymers, and hardeners.

Operations Manager (2007-2008)

Managed all activities across manufacturing, purchasing, maintenance, quality, and inventory operations. Supervised Plant, Laboratory, Maintenance, and Warehouse personnel across three shifts.

Developed and was accountable for annual operations budget, implemented cost improvement programs and optimization of all manufacturing activities.

Directed and enhanced Environmental Health and Safety programs.

Coordinated product delivery to customer specifications and quality, and directed activities associated with registration, auditing, and maintenance for ISO 9000.

Assisted with staffing activities including training and evaluation of new personnel.

Manufacturing Manager (2006 - 2007)

Managed all manufacturing operations in concert with the Environmental Health and Safety program, supervised plant and maintenance personnel, and established and controlled workflow throughout the factory.

Fostered inter-department cooperation between production, maintenance, and engineering personnel to maintain the building and equipment in the best practical condition.

Octel Performance Chemicals, Inc., Atlanta, GA 2004 - 2006

A multifunctional chemical company with additives, defoamers, water soluble products such as rheology modifiers and dispersants for the coating and paper industries.

Technical Product Manager

Managed the technical sales aspect of $9 mm sales revenue business, including product stewardship of the range of water soluble polymers, dispersants, thickeners, rheology modifiers for the coating and paper industries, and as well as providing input to exhibitions, seminars and technical presentations

Conducted research and development for water soluble polymers such as products and processes in order to identify opportunities for development of new products.

Evaluated alternative sources for suppliers, tolling, and in house manufacturing.

Managed technology transfer of new processes and products, supported market development of water soluble polymers for the coating industry products and as well as developing sales and marketing support.

The Stamford Corporation & Polacryl Inc., Stamford, CT 1987 - 2003

A Chemical Company manufacturing industrial acrylic polymers for water treatment, dental, electronics, leather, ceramics, coatings, and oil drilling.

Plant Manager (1997-2003)

Managed production to meet $ 20mm sales revenue business. Managed logistics of production scheduling and RM availability. Supervised Plant, Laboratory and Warehouse personnel across three shifts. Optimized manufacturing processes.

Established standards and procedures for products and processes in compliance with DEP, OSHA and Health & Safety regulations/Consistently built and maintained strong relations with vendors and customers to increase and improve core of technology.

Technical Director (1994-1997)

Directed activities involving the synthesis of new and existing organic and polymeric compounds/Directed processes for the manufacturing of products./Coordinated comprehensive product development activities from research to market.

Laboratory Manager (1990-1994)

Supervised laboratory personnel in quality control of raw materials and finished products, set up of laboratory tests, MSDS’s, Certificates of Analysis, and data bases/Implemented quality programs for testing and manufacturing of products.

Laboratory Technician (1987-1990)

Testing of raw materials and finished products, run application tests, troubleshoot for process of acrylate polymers, created testing programs to evaluate and modify product performance.


BS, Chemical Engineering, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT 1996

Recipient: “Student Excellence in Chemical Engineering” (presented by AIChE)


oHealth & Safety in the Laboratory and Chemical Plant

oProject Management

oFirst Aid Training

oChemical Handling and Management of materials

oISO 9000

oMicrosoft Office

oDOT Hazardous Material Shipments

o5S Methodology


oOSHA regulations

oProcess Pro Inventory System

oKaizen Methodology

oState & Federal Environmental Regulations


Fluent: in Spanish, In English

Passport: Current from United States and Colombia

Travel: - International and Domestic: France, Switzerland, Canada, Continental US, Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia.

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