Goal Oriented Team Leader with a Continuous Improvement Focus
Les Aliments Dainty Foods – Windsor, ON
Production/Plant Manager March 2019-present
Manage Production Floor activities from receiving to shipping coordinating labour to achieve organizational objectives
Implemented production targets for the packaging/milling operations across the operation
Introduced daily production/departmental meeting structure to enhance communication across functional areas
Working with supply chain/planning/maintenance & engineering management to maximize fill rate, lower demurrage charges, transportation costs, while maintaining line efficiencies through effective production planning to meet customer orders.
Pure Hothouse Foods – Leamington, ON
Facility Manager 2017-2019
Full P&L Responsibility for 11 direct reports, from Production, Receiving, Shipping, Inventory, Scheduling, Staffing, Health & Safety and Quality/Food Safety.
•Led the planning of a warehouse addition to allow for better flow of materials
•Introduced Town Hall meetings with cross section of employees to help foster team work and address long standing production/customer delivery issues to resolution.
•Introduced structure to the plant. Meetings, procedures, corrective action and decision logs
•Introduced automation to the production lines. A one-time $60,000 investment in phase one that reduced annual labour costs by over $200,000.
•Coached my direct reports through the Performance Evaluation process for their direct reports
•Improved set up of the Flow Wrap production line, realizing 70% improvement in throughput while simultaneously reducing labour input by 20%
•Responsible for Health and Safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable Provincial regulations.
•Chaired weekly management meetings to identify and resolve business challenges, establish and improve site objectives and build a well functioning supportive management team with a servant style leadership approach.
•Improved Health & Safety inside and outside the facility, improvements to current Food Safety GMPs, and additional packaging storage for anticipated sales growth.
Bonduelle Americas – Tecumseh, ON
Packaging Hall Manager 2016-2017
Full P&L responsibility for the Frozen Packaging Product Division. 9 direct reports of an entire staff measuring 200 individuals across 4 continental shifts.
•Developed and communicated KPIs through visual production reporting tools located at all production lines and employee common areas
•Eliminated packaging usage (inventory) errors through document redesign, improved training, increased accountability and product clearing process improvements
•Introduced an online shared resource for packaging labelling compliance that reduced errors in date coding/rework nearly 100%
•Conducted weekly safety “walk throughs” on the plant floor identifying opportunities for improvement and ensuring compliance to established procedures and protocols.
•Reduced held product inventory to virtually zero.
Barry Callebaut Canada – Chatham, ON (formerly known as Batory Industries)
Production Manager 2013-2016
Ensuring manufacturing processes run reliably and efficiently.
•Led plant floor through transition of new ownership and installation of new inventory control processes and equipment
•Installed and coached Supervisors and associates on visual production control boards at production lines to track performance to plan
•Ensuring all Health & Safety regulations and company procedures are adhered to
•Worked with process control to identify appropriate outlets for held/OOS production
BRC Implementation Project Manager 2012-2013
Responsible for setting up the Quality System in the acquisition of Batory Industries
•Led the Management Team through the process of complying with BRC standard requirements as part of the transition to new ownership – Achieved initial Grade A rating within budgeted time frame
•Trained on auditing principles, HACCP Manager, BRC Standard development
Production Supervisor 2002-2012
Led a production team of 25-40 floor employees
•Co-founded and co-chaired waste management team that cut waste to landfill by 250 tons per year, a savings of $65,000 annually
•Heightened employee productivity by introducing performance based appraisals and corrective counselling programs.
EDUCATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON
HACCP Manager Training – OGVG, Leamington 2017
Manager Training Program – Bonduelle Canada – Tecumseh: 2017
Diploma in Operations Management – Alison Online Learning Courses: 2016
Delegation and Coaching – Marbach Development Programs – Giraffe LLC, Chicago: 2013
BRC Implementation Course – SGS, Toronto ON: 2012
GFSI Internal Auditing Training – SGS, Toronto, ON: 2012
HACCP Manager Training Course – NSF, Toronto ON: 2012
Training & Development – St.Clair College, Chatham ON: 2008
Topics in Occupational Health & Safety – Ryerson University 2007