Chatt Rhodes

Chatt Rhodes

Summary

INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN, MATERIALS, QUALITY MANAGEMENTSIX SIGMA MASTER BLACK BELTInnovative, proactive manager with a strong customer focus, keen business acumen, and manufacturing support experience, which includes supply chain management, quality and operations support. Proven ability to lead and mentor direct reports and cross-functional teams; streamline workflows and processes; and drive organizational change that positively impacts productivity, efficiency, and profitability. Excels in managing stakeholder expectations; meeting budget and quality goals; and training employees in Lean / Six Sigma principles. MS: MIS, BS: Quality Systems ManagementCORE COMPETENCIESProject Planning & Scheduling; Quality Assurance Control/StandardsBudget Planning & Administration; Team Building, Mentoring & LeadershipRegulatory Compliance Management; Operations & Process ReengineeringNew Systems Design / Development; Start-Up & Turnaround OperationsSupply Chain Management Principles; Strategic Planning and Analysis 

Problem Solving & Change Management; Information Systems Management

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

Manager, Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement

Cessna Aircraft Company

Oversee all supply chain functions, including scheduling, logistics, planning, and purchasing, with an annual $300 million spend. Lead 32-person staff with eight management-level direct reports. Implement and champion Lean manufacturing principles (focusing on variation and cost reductions). Emphasize the importance of individual contributions to safety, quality, delivery, and cost; provide Six Sigma training and certification (5 Black Belts and 140+ Green Belts as of March 2010).

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

§              Process Enhancement - Developed third-party logistics to maintain a forward-stocking location and ensure inventory availability which resulted in over $1M savings annually.

§Led reporting and workflow innovations that included company-wide metric reporting and the design and implementation of a single unit kitting pull process (now adopted company-wide) to improve parts availability, eliminate line side stock , and reduce employee inefficiency. These efforts dramatically affected 2009 results, as demonstrated by:

oWorld-class safety performance of <.97 TRIR.

oQuality and productivity improvements of 30% and 25%, respectively.

oFinancial results that were 4% under target, despite troubled economy, multiple lay-offs, and non-budgeted restructuring costs.

Jan 2007 - Aug 2009

MANAGER, MANUFACTURING SUPPORT

Cessna Aircraft Company
Oversee core business and operational development functions (e.g. purchasing, master scheduling, tooling, manufacturing engineering, facilities, continuous improvement and information technology) within manufacturing operations. Supervise staff of 45 and direct systems implementation to support the production of jet and single engine piston aircraft. Challenged to initiate improvements for under-performing areas, including product deliveries, inventory control, and team output. SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS Performance Improvement - Improved on-time delivery from 56% to 98% in 1 year by implementing project planning system based on teamwork, quality and customer satisfaction goals. Additionally, reduced safety incidents by 85% by developing a culture for safety awareness. Process Enhancement - Reduced overall paint process time by 20% by implementing a new aerospace paint system, resulting in over $500K annual savings and up to 25 pounds per aircraft savings. Product Development - Led teams in plant move activities ($1M under $9M budget and 3 months ahead of schedule) which included; moving parts, equipment and tools domestically and internationally (ensured ITAR and EAR compliance). Additionally, transferred process knowledge domestically and internationally. Operations Reengineering - Improved supplier readiness on new program development 18% by implementing a Supplier Program Readiness Assessment tool.
Jan 2003 - May 2008

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Baker University
Courses taught include: Information Systems Decisions in Management and Strategic Planning for Competitive Organizations
Jan 1999 - Jan 2007

GENERAL SUPERVISOR, SUPPLY CHAIN QUALITY

Cessna Aircraft Company
Managed a group of Quality Engineers responsible for improving the overall Cessna supply base. Worked with several cross-functional teams, to improve processes at Cessna and suppliers. Developed metrics, to measure performance of employees against their goals. Implemented major improvements to the Cessna Quality Assurance Manual, which allowed better allocation of resources. SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS Performance Improvement - Improved supplier PPM (Parts per million defective) 83% by working with supplier to improve their root cause analysis and process management. Operations Reengineering - Reduced the overall supply base 60% by categorizing suppliers as growth, provisional and phase out, which led to better overall supplier performance. Process Enhancement - Improved the special process audits at suppliers through participation in Nadcap and collaboration with other aerospace primes to develop a standard auditing process.
Nov 1997 - Jul 1999

PROCUREMENT PLANNER AND COORDINATOR

Cessna Aircraft Company
Scheduled and maintained planned orders to meet requirements coming from the master production schedule and spares demand according to the MRP system Coordinated with suppliers and buyers to resolve issues associated with product structure, inventory, routings, order location and late deliveries

Education

Education
Aug 1999 - May 2002

Masters of Science

Friends University
1996 - 1998

Bachelor of Science

Friends University

Certifications

Certifications

Six Sigma Green Belt

Textron Corporation

Six Sigma Black Belt

Textron Corporation