Sign in

Injection Molding Supply Chain

Round Lake, IL
January 12, 2020

Contact this candidate


Peter Wiedmer

Round Lake, IL *****

Mobile: 302-***-****

Global Procurement and Supply Chain Executive

Professional Summary

Global Procurement and Supply Chain Executive with more than 20 years of experience in supply chain operations, global sourcing, operations management, vendor relations, contract negotiations and managing budgets up to $230M.

Expertise in global organizational development, productivity & cost reduction improvements, operations & multi-site manufacturing. In-depth knowledge of safety requirements, customs regulations and tariffs, low cost country procurement and multi-lingual international marketing and new product introductions.

Detail-oriented professional with a proven track record of identifying areas of inefficiency and developing strategies that drive cost reductions while improving overall product quality, resulting in sustainable year-over-year (YOY) bottom-line growth. Adaptable leader leveraging strong communication and interpersonal skills with international business expertise that establishes and cultivates long-term professional relationships with key clients and vendors.

Extensive Commodities Management and Sourcing experience focused on China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Central America, Japan, South Korea, India and Europe. Sourcing of full range of commodities that included raw materials, steel, copper, polymers, injection & extrusion tooling, semiconductors, (active and passive) electromechanical components, molds, packaging materials, printed circuit boards, SMT assemblies, electrical gears, electronic components, optoelectronic components and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

Solid track record of success in leading global procurement, supply chain and manufacturing, operations, encompassing contract negotiation and administration, cost reductions, logistics, warehousing, and distribution management; quality assurance, risk analysis and mitigation and problem resolution.

Possess in-depth knowledge of Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen, Poka-Yoke, 5S, just-in-time (JIT), and Kanban methodologies in formulating and integrating cost-effective initiatives to strengthen manufacturing operations. Excel in leading, training, mentoring and motivating top-performing staff and personnel ensuring the alignment of work processes with corporate standards.

Earned a Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, an MBA in Supply Chain Management from the University of Zurich and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Marketing Management from the University of Stuttgart.

Areas of Expertise

Supply Chain Management

Vendor Relations

Global Manufacturing & Materials Sourcing

Strategic Planning

Global Business Operations

Budget Management

Contract Negotiations

International Leadership

Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen

Career Experience

PDT an Astronics Company

Manager Operations and Supply Chain, Lake Zurich, IL & Shenzhen, China 5/2018 – 8/2019

PDT Astronics is an Aerospace company with 3,000+ employees with 11 subsidiaries and $750M in revenue. Products include Power & Motion, Connectivity & Data, Lighting & Safety, Interior Design, Service Structures, Test & Simulation with clients in all major Airlines and plane manufacturers.

Peter Wiedmer - Page 2

Created the global supply chain and contract manufacturing facility, producing hi-tech consumer goods. Supervised 10 indirect reports responsible for quality, receiving, mechanical and electrical engineering. Directed $5M in spending and $25M in CAPEX. Promoted from contract to full-time in October 2018 to facilitate major changes by providing consulting and management advice on the development of a new, non-aerospace products Developed from the ground up an alternate supply chain and a manufacturing Business Unit (Non-Aerospace) within the Aerospace Factory (AS9100) that required compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ITAR.

Sourced, evaluated and audited electronic components manufacturers, contract manufacturers and 3rd party logistic companies to be compliant with the less stringent ISO requirements. Some of the components sourced included PCBA, electronic components, LCD displays, injection molding and die casting housings, Wire and Cables, for a first responder multi-band VHF radio with remote speaker microphone. Developed cost reduction strategies (saved $800K) through contract negotiations with multiple global vendors and collaborating with engineering teams implementing process improvements.

Key Accomplishments and Achievements

Leveraged knowledge of Asian business practices while negotiating international contracts in China and Taiwan, that included a yearly cost saving clause achieving 3.5% savings, or $1.75M YOY.

Worked with contract manufacturers to explore and improve their efficiency, utilization & productivity generating $5M in savings.

Sourced LCD Displays savings $800,000, Sourcing Die Casting savings $250,000, Sourcing PCBA savings 175,000, Sourcing Injection Molding savings $1.2M.

Gained buy-in from President, CFO, and VP to create new manufacturing cells and a complete transition to Lean Six Sigma management, improving manufacturing yields.

Served as Project Manager for up to 26 simultaneous projects, achieving savings of up to $3.5M on a single project.

ION 360

Director of New Product Introduction and Supply Chain, Lake Forest, IL & Shenzhen, China 11/2017 – 03/2018

Ion 360 was a Digital manufacturing Start-up company developing a 360º camera for smartphones Contract Manufacturer (Box Build) based in Shenzhen China.

Created a new supply chain from the ground up, covering manufacturing, quality, procurement, reverse logistics, and repair center. Worked with Contract Manufacturers upper management to develop and implement policies and procedures to streamline new product introduction, procurement, and supply chain operations with an emphasis on smaller quantity productions that drove efficiencies. Collaborated with manufacturers in China, driving process improvements that resulted in first pass yields of 99.8% and failure rates of 25 PPM. Managed 35 indirect reports including factory upper-management, Quality, Receiving, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

Managed spend of $ 5M in CAPEX for Tooling, Production Equipment, Test Equipment, Software. Direct Spend: $3.5M. Investigated supply chain procedures for products, utilizing global reverse logistics and repair center data to develop and execute strategies that drove operational optimization.

Amcor Flexible

Supply Chain Manager 3-Month Contract, Yuba City, CA 5/2017 – 07/2017

Amcor Global, develops and produces responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home - and personal-care, and other products. The company has $13B in sales, 50,000 employees and 250 sites worldwide.

Contracted to lead a team of 11 employees in planning, forecasting procurement, and customer service efforts through the elimination of production backlogs. Oversaw change management and new communication strategies for new management after 50% of staff left with previous owner.

Peter Wiedmer - Page 3

Key Accomplishments and Achievements

Implemented around-the-clock production and outsourcing strategies to reduce backlogged production from 50 days down to 5.

Created and implemented Customer Service Excellence Communication training, fostering increased adherence to company policies and improved customer service rankings across all departments.

Established preventive maintenance program to resolve frequent machine breakdowns.

VT iDirect

Director Global Sourcing & Contract Manufacturing, Herndon, VA & Penang, Malaysia 6/2015 – 02/2017

VT iDirect is a subsidiary of ST Engineering, a publicly traded Singapore corporation with 22,000 employee world-wide, building satellite communication materials primarily in Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and China.

Managed global sourcing operations and contract manufacturing team to facilitate international negotiations with suppliers, generating the reduction of End of Life (EOL) components and improving Just-In-Time (JIT) deliveries of components, finished products, equipment and third-party services.

Led a global sourcing operations team of 15 PM’s and senior buyers along with a contract manufacturing team of 15-20 employees across Idaho and Malaysia focusing on Japanese and Taiwanese partners. Responsible for $110M in CAPEX spending for tooling, test equipment, licenses, hardware, software and facilities with $120M in direct spend. Products included antennas, block up converters, low-noise down converters, transceivers, electronic components and PCB’s, RF shielded cables and injection molding.

Key Accomplishments and Achievements

Drove cost reductions by consolidating the vendor database and transitioning business operations to low-cost countries, totaling cost savings of more than $20M over five years.

Renegotiated international contracts in China, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia, to include a yearly cost saving clause achieving 5% savings, or $2.25M YOY.

Demonstrated high level expertise on the negotiation of global pricing agreements and on contract manufacturing services, which generated $19M savings.

Brought $19M savings by creating and executing cost-effective procurement programs.

Consolidated vendor database from 25 vendors globally down to 2 vendors in Japan, Taiwan and China through risk management and leveraging spend with vendors, achieving better purchasing power and better service. and transitioned business operations to low-cost countries to save more than $20M over 5 years.

Led cross-functional team of worldwide engineers to complete $60M Mexican contract, gaining 31% savings (~$19M) over 5 years.

Renegotiated international contracts in China, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia to save $2.25M within first 1.5 years.

Hospira Inc.

Manager, Global Device Vendor Management, Lake Forest, IL & Heredia, Costa Rica 6/2012 – 05/2015

Was a Medical Company specialized in Manufacturing Injectable Drugs and Infusion Pumps, with 40,000 global employees.

Developed cost reduction strategies through contract negotiations with multiple global vendors and collaborating with research and development teams implementing process improvements. Products included LCD Displays, Touch Screens, Electronic Components and PCB’s, RF Shielded Cables, Stepper Motors, Ball Screws, Bearings, Mechanical Parts and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

Created and implemented vendor’s technical seminars for the R&D Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering teams to gain the latest technology knowledge. Collaborated with Medical Devices R&D teams and negotiated contracts with multiple vendors to improve processes and save costs. Developed a flexible Lean global supply chain for both the-fast paced R&D Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering teams to consistently meet production deadlines.

Peter Wiedmer - Page 4

Key Accomplishments and Achievements

Reduced lead times for finished goods by securing beneficial raw material contracts from vendors, reducing lead time from 18 weeks down to four weeks, with cost stabilization extended over 18 months.

Improved new product testing procedures, reducing test time from 12 hours to two hours and improving first pass yield rate from 45% to 99.8%.

V.I.O Inc.

Director of Manufacturing & Supply Chain and China General Manager

Marquette, MI & Guangdong, China 9/2008 – 05/2012

V.I.O was Start-up Helmet Camera Manufacturer Company with 40 employees (Like Go-Pro)

Oversaw global procurement, new product introduction along with international contract negotiations, while leading a team that included a China Operations Manager, 10 Quality Inspectors, 1 HR, 1 Finance, 22 Engineers with Full P & L responsibility of $12M. Products included LCD Displays, Injection Molding, Touch Screens, Electronic Components and PCB’s, RF Shielded Cables, Optical Lenses, 3PL.

Improved production operations within the United States, Hong Kong, and China through the development and implementation of sourcing and manufacturing strategies that drove product quality advancements and production cost reductions. Responsible for UL, CE, CSA and C-Tick certifications. Reviewed and improved procedures, KPI’s and policies in procurement, planning, inventory management, & production resulting in 30% waste reduction over 12 months.

Initially traveled to China every other week then by mid-2009 moved permanently to China.

Key Accomplishments and Achievements

Oversaw onsite operations in China spanning overall aspects of international and domestic outsourced manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain that led to 100% product quality, reduction in material lead time, and 30% reduction in material cost; thereby producing $1.2M savings.

Maintained proactive collaboration with contract manufacturing partners on production quality that increased first pass yield improvement to 99.99%; minimized failure rate to 5 PPM; reduced bottlenecks and cost and guaranteed on-time delivery by implementing a Master Production Schedule.

Brought $3.5M savings by creating and executing cost-effective sourcing and manufacturing quality programs.

Ingrid, Inc.

Supply Chain Manager, Berwyn, PA & Shenzhen, China 6/2007 – 07/2008

Ingrid was a startup company manufacturing Wireless Home Security Systems, 85 employees. Traveled every other week to China for one week at the time to lead a team of 5 onsite Quality Engineers. Assumed control of manufacturing operations in China, building and maintaining long-term relationships with local officials and business partners to foster sustainable growth and profitability.

Responsible for a Direct Spend $7.5M that included LCD Displays, Injection Molding, Electronic Components and PCB’s, RF Shielded Cables, 3PL. Negotiated global pricing agreements with GE / Sabic, Tyco Electronics, Molex, ATC, DHL, Kycon, ATC, Kemet, Murata, Fairchild, resulting in 25% cost reduction.

Alliance Electronics Corp.

Principal, West Chester, PA & Paris, France 3/2003 – 12/2009

Founder and CEO of an independent electronic component distributor, selling to Franchised Distributors with sales in the last year of operations $20M. Led a team of 10 Sales Engineers focusing on products that included Electronic Components, Lenses for Power LED, Refurbished Mobile Phones.

Peter Wiedmer - Page 5

Standard Electronic

Vice President of Purchasing, Norristown, PA & Milano, Italy 1/2000 - 02/2003

Standard Electronic is an independent electronic component distributor, selling to Franchised Distributors focusing on Connectors from AMP/TYCO

Built and managed the global supply chain and purchasing offices in France, Italy, and Switzerland throughout Europe, resulting in an additional 3K stock keeping units (SKUs) in addition to streamlining operations and increased profits. Managed a spending budget of $18M and executed process improvements to purchasing and inventory, realizing a 26% increase in net profits within six months.

Technology, Trainings and Certifications

Kanban, Kaizen, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), 5S, 6S, Toyota Production System (TPS), JD Edwards, AS-400, ENOVIA, Epicor, Ariba, Oracle, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), SAP, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Quality System Regulation (QSR), Lean, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), FDA, ITAR, FAA, PPV, VAVE, FMEA, PFMEA, DFM, DFT, B2B, B2C, M2M, P2P, Xerox PSS, GxP.

Six Sigma Black Belt: Six Sigma Institute (SSI), Hong Kong (Expected 2021)

APICS and CSCP in progress

TL9000 Internal Auditor Training

Education and Training

University of Lausanne

Master of Science on Manufacturing Engineering

Lausanne, Switzerland

University of Zurich

MBA Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Zurich, Switzerland

University of Stuttgart

Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing and Marketing Management

Stuttgart, Germany


International Dark Sky Association, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, China Supply Chain Council

Society of Manufacturing Engineers, IPC, Surface Mount Technology Association, Global Supply Chain Council


French • German • English • Italian • Spanish • Learning Mandarin • Learning Cantonese


United States of America and Switzerland

Contact this candidate