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Manager Plant

Park Ridge, NJ
December 30, 2019

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Matthew J. Tennant, MBA

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Manufacturing Operations Manager

Versatile and driven Manufacturing Manager with extensive experience directing dynamic teams, as well as in controlling costs and improving efficiency through the integration of LEAN Manufacturing principles. Expertise in CFR 21, ISO 9001:2008, FDA, and cGMP regulations and compliance within the medical device and OTC manufacturing environments. Demonstrated history of coordinating production schedules, ensuring quality control, implementing 5S methodologies, and developing cohesive and adaptable teams. Military background further highlights leadership and quality control experience and determination.


Operations Management Production and Manufacturing Environments Performance Metrics Cost Controls

Teambuilding and Supervision Regulatory Compliance Sales Team Collaboration Staff Recruitment cGMP

LEAN Processes Continuous Improvement Process Improvements ISO 9001 Standards Documentation

CFR/FDA Regulations Scheduling Machine Shop Operations Productivity Improvements Vendor Negotiations


Ramm Beauty, Orangeburg NY

Plant Manager 4/2019-Present

I manage all daily operations of the plant from production and manufacturing to ensuring policies and procedures are followed. Drive continuous improvement to increase overall P&L of the plant. Train and develop plant personnel to maximize the talent of all individuals. Ensure the overall Health and Safety of all employees is being followed.


Managed 5 Salaried staff and 40 hourly employees across 8 cosmetic filling lines dealing with shampoo, hand creams, and essential and premium oils

Planned and developed plant equipment expansion moving two existing machines and adding three additional machines onto out manufacturing floor

Implemented Plant Daily and weekly plant production Standard

Managed two new product launches

Managed the overall budget and P&L for the plant

ACME Cosmetic Components, Secaucus NJ

Director of Operations 7/2018-3/2019

Directed the Manufacturing, Shipping, quality and Tool room for a Metal Stamping house responsible for production of 3.6 million metal pans in both tin plate and Aluminium for the cosmetic industry. I manage 4 Direct reports and 42 hourly working within a union shop environment.

Managed overall Operational Budget

Reduced Tin/Aluminum waste by 10% increase metal efficiency from 68% to 78% over 6-month time frame by changing past practice of removing wraps from coils that added no value.

Completed ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit with not major findings

Completed Union Contract negotiation meeting both employee and management expectations on benefits

Managed the overall operational budget, customer backorder, P&L, maximize both manufacturing efficiency improvements and tool and die repairs/maintenance.

Metal Container Corp AB-Imbev, New burgh NY

Plant Superintendent 2/2016-7/2018

Ran one of the plants four production crews that make ~10 million cans a day 24/7 362 days per year. The production crew consists of the production technicians on the line, general technicians that performed the work on the periphery, chemical process operators, electricians, and machinists. Currently manage a staff of 36 hourly employees, two team leaders and additional support staff.

Responsible for all production goals including GLY, Spoilage, DMR’s and daily shipping schedule

Planned and schedule all vacation and approved all employee hours in Kronos

Developed and maintained crew evaluations and development plans to ensure production efficiency was increased through training

Manage and generate daily operational improvements to increase our daily production yield

Lead Vision reject Kaizen online Vision rejects dropping overall Vision reject rate by .3% which leading to a savings of $400,000 dollars. Lead the Team utilizing a detailing Fishbone analysis of common vision reject causes and implemented as Sic chart to track reject rates by body maker which reduced sidewall damage our highest reject hitter and most controllable

Managed A-Crew to have the lowest DMR rate across all 4 manufacturing crews. Developed a cohesive team effort to monitor quality at all levels of production through trend analysis and hourly checks

BIOCHEM FLUIDICS, Boonton, NJ 7/2014 – 1/2016

Production/Quality Manager

Direct all production operations, including ensuring compliance with ISO 9001:2008 regulations and standards for precision-engineered products. Recruit, train, and supervise assembly staff, as well as integrate motivational strategies to ensure cohesiveness within work environment. Collaborate with sales teams to plan, schedule, and monitor customer satisfaction standards through production. Maintain ISO documentation and audit schedules, as well as drive management review process. Coached a team of 12 employees within our machine shop, directing operations and overseeing machining of precision valve bodies made from Teflon, PEEK, PFTE, and Delran.

Integrated LEAN Manufacturing techniques into continuous improvement measures, reducing non-value-added labor and improving overall part production quality.

Maintained line center instruction manuals, reducing paper usage on manufacturing floor by $5K annually.

Reduced overtime expenses by $40K within first 12 months of hire trough establishment of standards daily production goals and metrics.

Restructured uniform supply process, moving from external vendor to internal supply chain, reducing annual overhead by more than $10K.

Led Plant ISO 9001 Recertification Process with no major observations reported.

Developed performance metrics and KPIs for manufacturing process that included Micro-Pumps and Isolation/Pinch/Flow Selection/Electric Rotary Valves.

Lead Kaizen event that redesigned overall shipping footprint. The Redesign moved us from packaging peanuts to packaging paper for an annual cost savings of $30,000. Redesign of workstation limited additional excess movements utilizing a spaghetti diagram. The redesign leads us to reduce shipping headcount by one while increasing overall efficiency

Lead supplier change on one of our valve subcomponents called duckbills from a risky supplier to a better scaled supplier for our business model. Completed a component analysis on performance and cost per unit which lead to a $ 40,000 a year savings and moving our supply model for this component to Just in time compared to housing 4 month’s supply due to vendor performance.

Developed and sourced MOV testing automation with a projected year over year cost savings of $250,000 by conducting multiple kaizen events that collected valve presets and testing time for our top 30 SKU’s. I sourced and received quotes for two systems. I was not able to complete project due to moving to my current position at Metal Container Corporation.

NICEPAK/PDI, Orangeburg, NY 2/2012 – 7/2014

Production Supervisor

Oversaw three canister and two flow-wrap production lines, including supervision of more than 75 hourly unionized personnel and a maintenance team of ten mechanics. Ensured all compliance standards were met within high-speed Lean Manufacturing environment. Maintained comprehensive records of time and performance for 110 employees and subsequent training schedules. Developed work schedules in adherence with management goals, overtime cost controls, and performance metrics, ensuring flexible and versatile workforce for all shifts. Created and managed continuous training program to motivate staff and increase professional development.

Named Brand Ambassador by senior executive team, tasked with creating brand messaging, managing brand standards, and increasing market share and sales revenue.

Led line redesign project, configuring primary production line for Johnson & Johnson and reducing labor expenses dramatically and saving $400K in overhead, while still increasing line speeds.

Served as Project Lead on doubling production line speeds to 160 pieces a minute, including managing three 8-hour validation runs in August 2013. I developed a fishbone diagram on choke points preventing line from reaching budgeted speed. We removed two spiral towers that were not designed to carry wet stacks and by doing so redesigned the line to move down the backside which was open dead space.

UNITED STATES ARMY, Various Locations 11/2003 – 12/2011

Fire Support Officer – 2-9 Infantry 1st HBCT 2nd Infantry Division Battalion 8/2010 – 12/2011

Planned and coordinated battalion-level fire support operations, including the integration of various levels of military assets, while serving in Korea. Oversaw the Battalion training land management, resource management, operations planning and logistical planning. Supervised team of 50 soldiers, NCOs, and officers. Maintained quarterly and annual training calendars, as well as coordinated all resources and logistics for training events.

Developed a clearance plan for WMD storage in underground facility, which was subsequently adopted and established as new Army standard/best practice.

Created evacuation plan for more than 900 US citizens across 15 apartments, as well as collaborated with US State Department on adoption and implementation.

Served as Interim Battalion Operations Officer for three months.

Recruiting and Enrollment Officer – Siena College Army ROTC 5/2008 – 8/2010

Managed Siena College Army ROTC recruitment, as well as partnerships with eight additional schools, with a total combined enrollment of more than 120 cadets. Drove marketing strategy, including the integration of scholarship programs to increase recruitment and interest. Coordinated and monitored professional development programs and completion for contract staff of five. Oversaw annual applicant pool of more than 400 and guided applicants through process for scholarships and enrollment.

Increased total enrollment, while also reducing scholarship budget costs annually by 30%.

Administered $2 million scholarship budget to drive recruitment and support of cadets.

Increased recruitment and exceeded goals by 100% in 2011.

Recruited 23 cadets in 2013, despite a scholarship budget and target supporting only 14.

Developed and implemented sophomore-level military science curriculum across ROTC battalion of 120.

Completed US Army Recruiting and Operations Officer training course.

Maneuver and Effects Trainer – Multinational Corp Iraq Military Transition Team 6/2006 – 4/2008

Coached, mentored, and trained Iraqi infantry battalion, as well as coordinated military assets and planned logistical support for team. Managed and developed operational plans for a battalion of 700 soldiers within complex international environment. Collaborated with cross-functional and multinational teams, including stakeholders with the US and Iraqi Armies, to acquire assets and sustain operations in a combat environment.

Planned and executed more than 60 combat operations lasting from two to seven days during tenure.

Maintained extensive professional development through completion of Field Artillery Captain Career Course.

Fire Support Officer – 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment Company 11/2003 – 6/2006

Maintained the morale, welfare, and development of 40 soldiers, including programs supporting their overall operational readiness in support of combat operations. Managed and developed training plans for all personnel in physical and tactical abilities, as well as equipment maintenance. Planned all platoon operations for company.

Monitored $2 million military equipment inventory, maintaining zero net loss during time in position.

Directed more than $15 million in reconstruction projects throughout Baghdad, Iraq, as well as developed and managed barricades in downtown Baghdad to ensure safe and secure elections in January 2005.

Developed extensive training as Field Artillery Officer through Basic Course completion in 2003.


Master of Business Administration, Management, Saint Thomas Aquinas College

Bachelor of Science, Criminology, Niagara University

Varsity Swim Team (Division I); Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, University of Michigan


Bronze Star Medal Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device Army Commendation Medal (3)

Korean Defense Service Medal Overseas Ribbon National Defense Service Medal Army Service Ribbon

Iraqi Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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