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Director of Manufacturing

Lean Production Team Empowerment Cost Reduction Initiatives

Continuous Improvement Budgeting Executive Relations & Presentations



         Proactively evaluate production activities and systems to uncover areas of weakness, and swiftly implement cutting-edge solutions and controls that streamline operations.

         Excel at leading more than 160 personnel and strategically steering projects to maximize use of resources, boost productivity, curtail expenses, and achieve aggressive performance goals and deadlines.

         Constantly foster and maintain a unified, safety-focused, and collaborative workplace environment.

         Able to implement lean methodologies to expedite production, heighten quality, and minimize waste.

         Adept at project management, product development, employee training, labor analysis, plant layout design, standardizing manufacturing, and ensure assuring audit-readiness in precise alignment with rigorous technical standards and as required by various government agencies.


Professional Experience


Sentinel Offender Services, Irvine, CA, 2017 to 2018

Director of Manufacturing

         Significantly improved manufacturing teams performance for company's planned sale while overseeing field sales operations, shipping, and P&L for production and aftermarket.

         Headed assembly, test, and engineering activities of electronic monitoring devices consisting of GPS, RF, and cellular, and marshalled engineering staff in failure investigations and product development.

         Restructured and enhanced production operation by introducing one-piece flow lean technique.

         Devised department s first KPI boards and conducted analysis of KPI data to improve past due orders from 50% on time to 100% on time in three months.

         Established production department s first SOPs and Build Books to enable repeatable processes.

         Dropped monthly shipping cost by $30K per month and introduced department s first-in-process inspection checklist which propelled FPY to 98%.


Arrowhead Products, Los Alamitos, CA, 2016 to 2017

Manufacturing Operations Manager

         Spearheaded New Product Integration (NPI) activities related to high-pressure alloy aircraft ducting including budget administration, staffing, risk analysis and mitigation, customer relations, continuous improvement, and all activities related to ISO, Nadcap, and customer audits.

         Pioneered value stream mapping within department resulting in several lean events and first single-piece flow production lines at facility.

         Championed efforts to bolster monthly production capabilities of Bombardier and C919 by 200%.


Esterline, Brea, CA, 2015 to 2016

Manufacturing Production Manager

         Shepherded 160 technicians and six supervisors in aerospace rubber seal mold and assembly departments with accountability for continuous improvement, customer communications, staffing, cost control, team leadership, and quality control/assurance.

         Introduced productivity and utilization metrics to optimize bottom-line performance and delivered training to leadership in workforce empowerment and building staff morale.

         Implemented standard work and daily schedules to rapidly address $1M backlog.


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SpaceX, Hawthorn, CA, 2014 to 2015

Propulsion Production Manager

         Helmed production operations for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Merlin rocket engines turbo pump sub-assemblies and top assembly including NDT, electron-beam welding, and demand forecast planning.

         Collaboratively developed and presented future state map of Merlin engine work center to Elon Musk which resulted in a capital investment to develop first one-piece flow line capable of two engines per day (from nine engines per month).

         Implemented cross-training program to build and lead company s first fully cross-functional team.


GKN Aerospace, Santa Ana, CA, 2011 to 2014

Production & Heat Treat Manager

         Governed operations of largest collection of Nadcap-certified industrial vacuum furnaces in Western US and oversaw all heat treat facility maintenance.

         Played an integral role in human resources functional areas such as determining staffing needs, writing job descriptions, interviewing candidates, hiring and training staff, and evaluating performance.

         Perfected multi-million-dollar proposals in response to RFPs, ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, and financial guidelines while adhering to stringent RFP technical requirements.

         Structured development of Pratt & Whitney assembly cell which elevated quality ratings from 60% to 100% and on-time delivery from 57% to 100%, successfully positioning company to win Gold Supplier Award.

         Slashed company payroll expenses by $250K annually through standardizing hours for all Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, Spirit, RR, and Government Missile Defense programs as well as 24/7 coverage at heat treatment facility.

         Masterminded Primary Visual Display Board (PVDB) in each assembly and weld cell to meticulously track safety, quality, delivery, cost, and environment.

         Rolled out digital tracking system for West coast aerospace management personnel, enabling access to real-time heat treatment facility status updates from desktops and mobile devices.

         Generated $200M in annual revenues by collaboratively introducing 14 new vacuum furnaces with single-structure flow assembly line.

         Lowered overtime from 30% to 12% in six months and revamped facility s lean production program.


Parker Hannifin, Irvine, CA, 2002 to 2011

Assembly & Test Supervisor, Air / Fuel Division (2005 to 2011)

         Proactively decreased man hours in Air Turbine Starter cell by 50% and reversed negative profit trends to positive gains within one year.

         Expanded employee resource base without increasing head count by instituting cross-training program.

         Championed design and implementation one-piece flow lines at Air and Fuel hydraulic production group and orchestrated multiple lean events to reduce non-value-added expenses.

         Captured savings of 800 hands-on man hours/year by steering development of first fully automated test facility for Air Turbine Starters.


Technician Specialist, Air / Fuel Division (2002 to 2005)

         Streamlined operations and reduced floor space footprint by half by resourcefully consolidating Production, Assembly, and Test departments.

         Formally recognized and awarded for above-and-beyond performance on three occasions.

         Boosted team participation to 100% by coordinating ETI (Excellence Through Innovation) cost reduction program for pneumatic repair department.

         Earned Certified Operator credential to conduct onsite inspections.


Education & Certifications


Bachelor s Degree, Business Administration, National University San Diego, 2004


California Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator ~ Industrial Hydraulics Certification

Operator-Inspector Certification ~ Solder Technician Certification ~ Certificate in Lifelong Leadership

Certificate in Performance Through Coaching ~ Certificate in Essentials of Leadership


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I am currently seeking a challenging career opportunity in a (INSERT TARGET POSITION) capacity and am submitting my resume for your review. In advance, thank you for your time and consideration.


As indicated in the accompanying resume, I bring to you a substantial background in directing manufacturing operations, significant experience in standardizing production processes, and well-developed expertise in program development, project management, continuous improvement, and staff engagement. I constantly strive to capitalize on modern technologies to propel company growth, productivity and cost savings, and am highly regarded for my motivational training and team-building talents. My extensive experience in all aspects of lean-focused operations will prove to be an immediate asset to your company. To complement these qualifications, I offer an excellent blend of analytical, scheduling, budgeting, and forecasting skills which are vital as a (INSERT TARGET POSITION).


As an influential addition to your team, you will find that I am well positioned to guide (INSERT NAME OF COMPANY) in not only attaining, but exceeding its goals. I am eager to discuss how my qualifications uniquely match your current and future needs, and look forward to interviewing with you soon.






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