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Work experience

Mar 2012Present

Manager of Metals Chemistry

Sherry Laboratories

As Manager of Metals Chemistry my current responsibilities include:  Managing a team of degreed chemists on staggered / multiple shifts to perform time sensitive testing for a wide variety of internal and external clients on metal base materials. In charge of chemistry operations, personnel, and production scheduling as well as coordinating additional improved capabilities for instrumentation and techniques.  Working directly with customers to answer questions, manage specific projects, coordinate visits, and represent the Metals Chemistry Department in audits. Providing insight into the quoting of new jobs, signing analytical test reports, and other operational necessities such as testing samples, technical review, revising reports, subcontracting requests, corrective action requests, and helping maintain a productive and cohesive team to achieve our goals of flawless Quality, reduced Turn Time, and improved On Time Performance. Results include achieving or exceeding 95% on time delivery of department reports by our customers' required deadline, as well as reduction of test turn time for instrumental and wet techniques below 3 and 4 days respectively.   Identifying opportunities for cost management such as addressing consumable costs with accurate allocations, and evaluating different suppliers. Results include the reduction of Outside Purchases by up to 76% from Q2 to Q3 in 2012 for the department. Giving input into test costs, customer discount schedules, and improving profitability through the continued evaluation of the Metals Chemistry business model and value stream.

Jul 2010Mar 2012

Continuous Improvement Manager

Sherry Laboratories

  Lean Champion responsible for organizing Continuous Improvement events and projects with cross functional teams and conducting educational group training on the techniques & philosophy.  Maintained business operation performance metrics that monitored lab progress towards company goals of industry leading Turn Around Time, On Time Performance, Quality & Profitability. Supported Quality Assurance by connecting Continuous Improvement with the Corrective Action process to address root cause identification, verify sustainment of corrective actions, and identify opportunities for Preventative Actions  Coordinator of Personal Excellence Quotient (PEQ) metric system for Daleville Materials that measures a percentage of output to error ratio in a monthly snapshot for tracking trends to aid leadership decisions  6S Audit Team leader in organizing workspaces efficiently through eliminating waste, focusing on visual cues, POUS, cleanliness, standardization, & improving workflow, efficiency, service, & safety. Managed employee opportunities for improvement with an idea submittal program that includes emphasis on customer impact (internal & external). Elevating critical employee input has helped initiate an improvement oriented culture. Responsible for providing timely feedback, constructive suggestions, measurement needs, timelines for acceptable ideas, & justification for those that are not implemented.  Collect intellectual capital through drafting in depth technical Job Instructions to detail processes in standardized work formats to facilitate capturing & training best practices.Rapid Transformation Committee: Operations Team member that helped dissect processes within a Northern Environmental business segment by presentingresearch, data, & recommendations that promote measurable improvement solutions for the division.  'Best Place to Work' Committee Member focusing on morale improvements in the company culture, policies, customs, and practices to facilitate an atmosphere of teamwork, recognition, communication, & involvement.