Summary

My experience in engineering, project management and process improvement has taught me the importance of having a focus with no creep no matter what you do. With a clear goal and the right attitude I believe success is predictable.

 I hold a Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Madras, Chennai, India and a Masters Degree in Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.  I am a Certified Quality Engineer [ASQ CQE] and a trained auditor for ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485/21 CFR 820.

In my first full-time position as a process improvement engineer with HNI Corporation, I have worked on processes, ergonomics, flow improvement projects and quality standards. That facility won the Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence in the year 2007. I have personally monitored and sustained our member-driven process improvement program which resulted in the implementation of over 4000 improvement ideas over the past year. From consumer goods I moved to life sciences as i was impressed by the cutting edge inventions happening there and i grabbed the first opportunity that came my way. I also wanted to move east to stay with my then girlfriend, now spouse Ms. Monica.

I joined Labsphere Inc [based in the beautiful Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire] , a premier supplier of precision standard and custom radiometric and photometric products addressing the specific needs of the avionics, medical imaging and optics industries, as Quality Assurance Manager, and was with them for over 4 years. I successfully incorporated in-house test procedures for purchased products and check points to channel product development from concept to prototype to final product. I also initiated and sustained the kaizen program through incentives. More than 1500 kaizens have been implemented under my supervision.

I then decided to move closer to home in summer of 2010. This was for personal and family related reasons which i am happy i timed it well.

My first job in India was in my home town of Chennai, as a Consultant with Perfint Healthcare, a start-up venture, I have successfully coordinated efforts to meet regulatory requirements for CE marking and to place out products in foreign markets. Besides closing audit gaps I have also scaled and streamlined product development with phased activities and milestones. I also handled a ISO 13485 re-certification audit with Perfint's notified body UL as a Management representative for Perfint. I ended up moving to UL and relocating to Bangalore shortly there after.

My stint with Underwriters Laboratories LLC, as a project engineer furthers my belief in a dedicated preparation before commencing an activity and in keeping the stakeholders updated about the progress made and the road blocks ahead and so that even hindrances could be converted to success in a predictable manner. Having been involved with product safety testing for over a year with UL, I moved on to lead the new commercial initiative of key accounts management [KAM] with the same organization by Fall 2012. I believe with my technical background I can play a vital role in establishing and sustaining productive relationships for clients of UL.

For references check out my profile at http://in.linkedin.com/in/vkarthik11/

Work History

Work History
Oct 2012 - Present

Accounts Manager

Underwriters Laboratories
  • Strategic Consulting, including business plan & sales strategy development
  • Sustain partnerships and ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Achieve revenue and profitability growth
Jul 2011 - Oct 2012

Project Engineer

Underwriters Laboratories
  • Served as a single point of contact for major account, working across modalities.
  • Executed several projects [UL & CB] in a predictable manner.
  • Ensured client compliance with safety regulatory laws by supervising and managing Client’s compliance documentation.
  • Enhanced client’s product compliance knowledge through training [seminars] and by sharing timely updates to customers. 
  • Developed scenarios to better prepare ourselves for the upcoming changes in the healthcare sector and identify value add areas.
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011

Quality Assurance and Safety Regulatory [QASR] Coordinator

Perfint Healthcare Private Limited
  • Managed new market entry for products - 510 k US FDA pre-market submission, China SFDA registration and certification, Brazil ANVISA facility audit and INMETRO certification.
  • Handled Technical Construction File [TCF] preparation for audit and CE marking for device.
  • UL listing for the device and related EMI/EMC 60601 safety standards testing.
  • Coordinated internal audits, closure of prior ISO 13485 audit non-conformances.
  • Refined new product development process, introduced a scaling option and created templates to facilitate project management.
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009

Quality Assurance Manager

Labsphere Inc
  • Improved machining process efficiency for Spectralon blocks – Estimated annual savings $33K in labor and $9K in material costs.
  • Standardized credit handling processes for domestic and Int’l customers: Estimated annual savings of $16K in soft costs.
  • Implemented the Engineering Change Order [ECO] Process reducing average turn around time from 145 to 21 days.
  • Maintained key quality systems and conducted routine quality audits and balanced departmental budget [estimated $2,35,000 annual].
Jan 2005 - Aug 2007

Rapid Continuous Improvement [RCI] Engineer

HNI Corporation
  • Performed a variety of engineering assignments in developing and implementing production methods and controls to exceed quality standards in the most cost efficient manner.
  • Established RCI schedules in conjunction with plant needs and the corporate vision resulting in an estimated $1.4 million in cost savings.
  • Lead several improvement initiatives and trained members in the principles of lean manufacturing.
  • Facilitated teams both on-site and off-site [78 on-site teams and 24 off-site teams]
  • Hired and trained 37 flex-crew members in accordance with HNI deployment policies.
  • Decreased inventory by 27% which opened up floor space for more production.
  • Automated paint quality inspection on finished goods – Reduced cycle time by 87%
Jun 2004 - Dec 2006

Robotics & Web support specialist

Center for Plant Genomics

  • Designed and managed the facility and project websites.
  • Implemented an online scheduling system to facilitate reservations.
  • Maintained inventory and oversee backtracking processes.
May 2006 - Aug 2006

Pollution Prevention [P2] Intern

Iowa Dept. of natural resources

Implemented modifications to the plant lighting and compressed air generation systems at Federal Mogul Ignition Products, Burlington, Iowa, resulting in an annual energy savings of $140,000.

Education

Education
Aug 2002 - Dec 2005

Master of Science

Iowa State University

3.67/4.00 GPA

Jun 1998 - May 2002

Bachelor of Engineering

University of Madras

76% cumulative aggregate [First class]

Certifications

Certifications

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

American Society of Quality
Sep 2011 - Sep 2014

IRCA certified lead auditor ISO 9001:2008

IRCA
Jul 2008 - Jun 2011

Certified Quality Engineer

American Society of Quality