Recruited to turnaround global manufacturing, materials, logistics, and engineering operations for planned divestiture. Contract ended in October, 2008.
Reversed inherited $7 million past due order position on $100 million in sales within 10 months and lowered it to $3 million by driving comprehensive staffing, manufacturing, and customer delivery initiatives to eradicate systemic problems. Outcome: Enabled the sale of a key product line and European operations at market premium.
§Produced over $13 million in annual savings and strengthened productivity as a result of reengineering operations, migrating manufacturing to Mexico, and consolidating 4 warehouse facilities. Negotiated stay packages with key personnel to enable on-site training of new workers on real-time production issues in Mexico.Outcome: Surpassed former productivity rates within just 60 days.
§Eliminated 70% of historical departmental expenses after restructuring engineering and customer support operations. Reversed inherited budget lack by establishing financial controls and implementing savings targets. Replaced dysfunctional engineering team with an outsourced team in Mexico under the leadership of a key VP of Engineering.
§Fortified supplier know-how through establishing a team and a process to design specifications/manufacturing procedures, institute central document storage, and document revision control. Replaced key U.S. staff based in China with experts in Chinese/Japanese manufacturing issues.
§Increased production output by hiring new engineering/quality teams and reverse-engineering key product lines.
§Repaired Meade’s critically deficient technological knowledge in electronics and software by hiring external consulting firm to capture, organize, and centralize the corporate storehouse of “tribal” knowledge.
§Improved the comprehension, documentation, and measuring of actual customer delivery expectations versus performance by instituting a new planning team and process under the auspices of a newly recruited VP of Supply Chain Operations.