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Engineering Manager

St. Charles, MO
October 14, 2020

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Paul Pluta

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Allen, TX, *****

m: 615-***-****

Professional Summary

Results-driven professional with career-long record of strategic planning, global sourcing, and procurement operations to develop and execute annual and long range plans in support of business strategies

Accomplished, results-oriented professional highly regarded for establishing partnerships and relationships, improving and optimizing processes and operations, and overseeing all aspects of sourcing and procurement. Dedicated leader with a proven history of building and motivating high-performing teams in a direct and heavily matrices, cross-functional environment. Increases organizational growth and development through reorganization, rebuilding, and employee development. Organized and a keen eye for detail, with demonstrated ability to control and reduce costs and to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Leverage strong communication skills to foster long-lasting relationships with colleagues, clients, and suppliers. Thrives in fast-paced, collaborative and diverse environments.

Core Competencies

Commodity Strategy

Business Unit Alignment

Supplier Localization

Supplier Risk

Cost Reduction

Organizational Velocity

Coaching & Mentor

Retain, Coach, Up-Skill

Budget Management

Process Change

Total Cost of Ownership

Value Engineering

NPD and M&A

Make vs. Buy


Professional Experience

Sensata Technologies, Various Locations


Ensure Global Sourcing strategy aligns to Business Unit requirements

o$400m Global BU – 16 Product Families, 13 Factories, 6 Engineering Centers

Develop tailor-made Business plans including TCOA, Localization, Supplier risk and performance

Drive deep analysis and execution of Annual Plans and Procurement Operating Initiatives

Initiated several activities to control budget and deploy resources to efficiently focus talent

Significant business case development and implementation of Contract Manufacturing projects

Deliver monthly project status and KPI progress to C-Suite and peer business leaders

Significant Financial Discipline – with solid understanding of Cash Flow, NPV and ROI


Responsible for development and execution for site level Cost Reduction Annual Plans

Developed Regional Sourcing organization to deploy next level spend; Commodity Managers (standard work) and Tactical Execution

Peer respected coaching and mentoring, driving organizational velocity and creating next level opportunities for internal talent

Steering Member of the Global Procurement COE, development and implementation of KPIs, competency matrices, data visualization, and process compliance

Increased Working Capital through execution of inventory reduction and Payment Terms increase

Controlled all aspects of budget and planning for team of 30+ Direct Material and 15 Indirect purchasing professionals

DIRECTOR OF SOURCING – EUROPE, August 2014 to December 2015

Recruited and Developed a team of Sourcing Project Managers in support of NPD in the Netherlands; established an NPD office in Sofia, Bulgaria; Planned and Executed to AP Plan for Botevgrad Site

Work with Commodity Teams to establish NBO cost estimating & enable an increased NPD Win Rate; Execution of 90% of NPD’s at or below Design to Cost Targets with double the volume of projects

Launched Co-Design Initiative, utilizing supplier engineering to supplement BU shortage

Undertook and effectively executed all aspects of 2 acquisitions, as well as the establishment of sourcing and supply chain for a green field facility in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Performed the negotiation and closing of several complex, multi-year contracts with significant spend

Created a Global Process for “Cost Out Workshops” – cross functional, finished good focus, for specific margin expansion – Rolled out and trained several SME’s Globally – C-Level sponsorship and Internal Marketing Campaign to accelerate adoption


With complete autonomy, quickly staffed up Global Commodity Team under the directive to establish repeatable project generation and collaboration with Commercial and Engineering teams:

oCreation of Commodity Strategy with the inclusion of Engineering and the BU

oCreating a forum for engineering, marketing, operations, and sourcing to review initiatives

oDeveloped a process for evaluating individual business cases for approval, resources and execution

oDeliver an Annual Plan and Long Range Plan in collaboration with Stakeholders

Operated in a key capacity by achieving a 2014 cost reduction of 7%, surpassing the target of 4.3%, and the stretch goal of 5.2%.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Spring Creek, Texas, January 2012 to June 2013


Directed the Strategic Sourcing Team, consisting of 5 direct reports, charged with executing negotiations and contracts to add parts to the EDI system.

oCreated efficiencies such that contributions to the Global Commodity Team could be done

oGenerated in excess of 10% cost reduction on consolidation and volume

Cross-functionally led and engaged on a wide range of corporate initiatives, including SAS Diversity Council, Program and Mission Area supply chain reviews, and establishing key metrics for team performance improvement.

Panasonic Lighting of America – Universal Lighting Division, Nashville, Texas, June 2006 to July 2011


Lead strategic sourcing activities for several commodities, including Printed Circuit Boards, Wire, Magnetics, and Outsourcing Activities for 2 sites in Mexico and China.

Created, presented and executed several key strategies to drive cost reduction

Succeeded in negotiations and Make vs. Buy programs, resulting in $10M over 2 years.

Conducted onsite supplier audits and closely collaborated and communicated with customers, leading to a reduction in the PCB supply base.

Education and Credentials

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Finance Argosy University, Tampa, Florida

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration, Cleary University, Howell, Michigan

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Management, University of Maryland, Japan


Destination Imagination sponsor and team leader; fences for orphans contributor; disaster releif efforts

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