JUAN FELIPE MENDEZ
Miami Springs, Florida 33166
Highlights of Qualifications
Proven transformational leader with superior strategic, entrepreneurial and problem solving skills.
Multi-site responsibility for the Humacao, PR and Delran, NJ sites. Total headcount- 810.
Well-rounded executive with a strong background in Engineering, R&D, Operations and Manufacturing management.
First hand exposure to FDA inspections and regulatory compliance.
Charles Russell Award (CrBard) Winner in 2017.
Recipient of the Becton Dickinson CEO Excellence Award in 2019.
Humacao Site was selected Best Global Plant in 2015 & 2017 under my leadership.
Recipient of The Industrialist of the Year 2016 Award by the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association.
Outstanding strategic leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Responsible for providing strategic guidance and plans to implement and sustain a Continuous Improvement Culture and Business Excellence Program.
Humacao Site - Best Plant 2015 Award by Industry Week Magazine.
As a Plant Manager manage a $500M business with a multifunctional team consisting of planning, purchasing, production, manufacturing engineering, finance, human resources, new products, and dotted line quality assurance.
Built a R&D - Product & Process Development Department from the ground up. Completed the successful design and launch of 12 new products.
Recipient of Bard Corporate Operations Recognition Award for Excellence in Product Transfers. A total of 50 product transfers in 4 years were completed.
Chairperson of the Medical Device Cluster of Puerto Rico. A non-profit organization which unites the medical device manufacturers in Puerto Rico.
Led the start-up of a new 215,000 sqft. facility with four clean rooms at Stryker.
2015 July – 2019 July Bard - Now Becton Dickinson Humacao, PR
Plant Manager Humacao, PR & Delran, NJ Sites
Promoted to a multi-site responsibility for the Humacao, PR and Delran, NJ plants. Lead a $500M business with a multifunctional team consisting of planning, purchasing, production, manufacturing engineering, finance, human resources, new products, and dotted line quality assurance. Direct and manage all plant operations with overall responsibilities for plant performance in Quality, Service and Financials. Provide plant leadership for Lean/Six Sigma continuous improvement program. Coordinate plant activities through the planning with departmental managers to ensure the manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost-effective manner. Develop and control profits, plans, and budget. Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries. Manage capital asset maintenance. Establish and monitor overall plant performance for production and quality standards. Control and minimize labor overtime, premium freight and repair expenses. Maintain existing plant facilities and equipment; replace or make adjustments to plant facilities and equipment when necessary. Provide leadership and training to accomplish the company goals and objectives. Implements and maintains preventative maintenance programs. Incorporates shop floor organization and plant cleanliness among plant personnel. Provides direction, development and leadership to plant executive staff. Won Best Plant of the Year 2015 by Industry Week Magazine.
2012 March – June 2015 Bard Puerto Rico Humacao, PR
Sr. Director of Operations
Manage the Bard Puerto Rico Operations for the Davol Division of Bard Corporation which accounts for
70% of the plant volume. The operation consists of $300M in sales, 320 direct heads working three
shifts and a multifunctional focused team across all plant functions. As a Sr. Business Unit Director,
provide leadership to a multifunctional team consisting of planning, purchasing, production,
manufacturing engineering, finance, human resources, new products, and dotted line quality
assurance. Responsible for the overall performance & business results of the Operation. Led the
business unit to new levels of results in quality and service thru re-structuring and driving execution.
Bard Puerto Rico has been awarded The Best Plant of the Year recognition for two consecutive years
for excellence in financial, quality and service results.
2008 – 2012 Bard Puerto Rico Humacao, PR
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Director
Start-up of a new department with its strategic objectives to lead and manage the transfer of
new products and acquisitions into the Humacao facility. Manage a multifunctional team consisting
of 30 people responsible for planning, purchasing, finance, engineering, project management and quality
functions. Plan and justify operations, quality, materials and engineering capital & human resources
necessary to support the new products during and post-transfer. Responsible for a $35MM
capital and a $6MM expense budget. Established strategy, execution plan, and
scorecard metrics. Execution of a major turnaround of the plant financial, quality, and service
results. Provide operations due diligence support to corporate in acquisition projects and on the
development of new processes. Achieved R&D Tax Credit with PRIDCO’s endorsement of the facility
R&D proposal. Won Corporate Operations Recognition Award for Excellence
in Product Transfers.
2004 – 2008 Stryker Puerto Rico Arroyo, PR
Product Development Director
Drive the requirements, development and release activities related to new products, product
improvements and line extensions. Create and maintain the project road map, in strong collaboration with
division R&D heads, and plant executive staff. Responsible for developing and executing the strategy
to establish a product development competency from the ground up. Provide leadership and solutions
of design related customer complaint issues. Built strong relationships and communication with the
Division Heads to provide outstanding service and earn bigger projects. Negotiated Research
& Development incentive program of $2.7 M with PRIDCO. Achieved ISO certification for Design
Controls for the site. Prepare and negotiate capital, headcount and expense budget with the
Division department heads. Extensive knowledge negotiating capital expansion projects and
growth strategies for the site. Completed the successful design and launch of 12 new products.
2000 - 2004 Stryker Puerto Rico Arroyo, PR
Lead a team of four managers to run manufacturing engineering support, product development,
injection molding operation and engineering services. Provide technical leadership and direction
within the facility in order to improve existing technical systems, increase technical skills and provide
improved support to the site. Responsible for the development of strategic and business plans for the
department and to support overall business strategies. Develop and manage annual capital budget for
the site and expense budget for my department. Establish operational objectives to measure
performance and to be reviewed by senior management. Responsible for organizational and staff
development, performance management to lead direct and indirect reports. Lead the site through the
design, development, and implementation of programs as they relate to competency development,
process controls, design controls, and cost reductions. Extensive experience in process and design
validation in the medical device industry. Responsible for the start-up of our new facility with four clean
rooms. Responsible for facilities management and EHS. Built the product development team to
facilitate the introduction of new products and technologies to our manufacturing site. Experienced in
vendor and contract negotiations with vendors and government. Developed manufacturing capabilities
such as cleaning processes for medical components, WEDM, CNC grinding, electro polishing, heat
seal packaging, and machining to improve quality, speed to market and reduce cost. Responsible for
the implementation of the Research & Development Program.
1995 – 2000 Stryker Puerto Rico Arroyo, PR
Business Unit Manager
Plans, manages, develops and coordinates the activities of a business unit to meet production goals, quality and cost objectives. Set and prioritize production schedules based on new product introduction, equipment efficiency and materials supply. Responsible for the business unit P&L. Support the implementation of Quality Programs and lead the team towards regulatory compliance. Establish and monitor business metrics such as complaints per million, cost reduction, service levels, inventory management, and efficiency. Handled the day-to-day communication and customer requirements with the marketing team. Performed Business Unit Reviews with top management on a quarterly basis. Developed strategic plan for the implementation of site initiatives such as Lean Manufacturing, technology deployment, and productivity systems. Reduced backorder from 900K to Zero in less than 60 days. Lead my team to be selected the Best Unit of the Division. Introduced two product lines on time and on budget. Recipient of the Quality Award from the quality department. Lowered inventory by 22% through vertical integration and forecast accuracy. Transformed the business unit by transferring 80% of the production and processes in-house. Broke business unit cost reduction record with 1.7 million in one year.
1993 – 1995 Stryker Instruments Kalamazoo, MI
Act as liaison, between Operations and R&D in the introduction and transfer of new products.
Determine assembly methods, equipment, human resources and documentation
requirements. Responsible for assembly fixtures design, machine qualifications, and process
validation. Coordinate product transfer to manufacturing site. Developed water purification and
cleaning process. Design, develop, modifies and evaluates mechanical components assemblies
or subsystems for mechanical medical devices.
1991 – 1993 Stryker Puerto Rico Arroyo, PR
Responsible for the injection-molding tool transfers, repairs, modifications, and purchases. Substituted
an ultrasonic welding process for an uv bonding process. Coordinated product transfers and new product
introduction projects. Achieved a total Cost Reduction of 268,000 in 1992.
University of Massachusetts/September 1990 Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
Chairperson of the Puerto Rico Medical Device Cluster.
Leader of the Product & Process Development Team of the Puerto Rico Medical Device Cluster.
Member of PRMA Central East Region committee.