Career Highlights

Engineering Group Manager - General Motors - Vehicle Engineering Center, Warren, Michigan

Managed a group of engineers responsible for the design and validation of wheels, wheel trim, jacks, spare tire stowage, inflator kits, tires and chassis tools for many North America and Global car and SUV architecture vehicles.  Provided leadership and guidance to enable my engineering staff and integrated supplier engineers to deliver first time quality program execution consistent with high core values.  Created a business environment that encourages the professional development of each person while holding individuals accountable for results.  Provided regular feedback through performance appraisals and one-on-one coaching to foster a sense of pride and ownership in their components.  Responsible for workload forecasting and balancing and conducting a variety of management reviews such as cost reduction, warranty reduction and design reviews.  Reduced or eliminated production downtime with prompt and systematic root cause analysis of supplier quality and process issues.  Developed and implemented action plans to improve performance of business critical suppliers, which included leading efforts to resolve recurring supply chain issues involving quality and delivery.  Provided leadership in areas of product quality assurance and quality engineering to drive business objectives, continuous process and product improvements.  Recommended approval/reject of cost reduction proposal and improvement projects based on solid financial and business analysis. 

Design and Release Engineer - General Motors - Vehicle Engineering Center, Warren, Michigan

Responsible for design, component validation and production release of tires, wheels, wheel trim, jacks and related hardware parts.  Supported the vehicle build process (mule/alpha/beta/pilot) to ensure the representative components were built into the vehicle for development testing and validation.  Managed the parts release system and completed detailed SOR's, SSTS, CTS, and DFMEA/PFMEA for each subsystem and component as required.  Defined the assembly process for all parts released for production.  Acted as a liaison between the Vehicle Program teams and the Product Engineering teams to assure conformance to timing, development, analysis and validation plans.  Maintained open issues lists, product program spreadsheets and tire/wheel charts.  Provided management periodic updates on project status in both oral and written presentations.  Interfaced with the other development engineers, supplier quality, designers, tire and wheel technology experts, tire dynamics and technical services to establish design criteria for mass, piece cost and investment for each vehicle program.  Provided advice and guidance to the subsystem/component jack designers as to the product design requirements.  Designed and developed the stowage area for jack and spare tire within the interior or exterior of the vehicle by means of stowage hardware and/or hoist mechanisms.  Insured that the design of the stowage met legal safety requirements.  Ensured products and assemblies met specifications and all applicable product quality, design and manufacturing process requirements.  Measured supplier performance on a periodic basis, and initiated, reviewed, and approved corrective action for supplier caused deficiencies.

Test Engineering Supervisor - General Motors - Vehicle Proving Grounds, Milford Michigan

Supervised the Tire Wheel Systems test engineering team that was responsible for tire and wheel test equipment, test procedure development and equipment maintenance.  Planned, specified, developed and purchased equipment used in the testing and validation of tires, wheels and wheel trim.  Directed the engineering and technical personnel in the fabrication of testing and test control apparatus and equipment.  Insured engineers and technicians were trained in hazardous waste operations, first aid, worker respiratory protection and confined space entry procedures.  Conferred with various product development engineers to resolve testing problems.  Analyzed test data and prepared technical reports for use by engineering and management personnel.  Successfully handled various capacity expansions, cost reduction activities and quality improvement projects.

Test Engineer - General Motors - Vehicle Proving Grounds, Milford, Michigan

Managed the tire traction operations and consulted on many corporate activities associated with tire traction.  Designed and developed several different types of test equipment to test tire braking, driving and cornering traction.  This included performance specification compliance testing for all GM passenger and light truck tires, vehicle wet handling performance, vehicle development of anti-lock brakes systems, industry standards, corporate litigations and Government rule making.  Responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive tire wet handling evaluation facilities constructed by all GM tire suppliers.  This increased GM's ability to fully assess tire performance and saved GM a capital facilities investment of over $1,000,000.  Assisted in the test planning and in acquiring information to support GM's position in the government class action suit against GM with respect to the 1980 "X" car litigation.  Participated as a team member to develop response strategies and in obtaining test data to support GM's reply to proposed Federal rule making for vehicle brake system performance (FMVSS 135).

Objective

Management/Engineering

Product Design & Development

Quality Assurance

Six Sigma Methodologies

Engineering Management

Summary

  • MSA-level, Six-Sigma Green Belt-certified engineering manager with outstanding experience building and leading multi-disciplinary teams for product development, validation, quality, durability, and reliability.
  • Delivered solutions to help manage critical business and operational risks and to identify best practices, cost reduction, operations and profit improvement opportunities.
  • Comprehensive understanding of business analysis/evaluations, product development life cycle management, process improvement, supplier negotiations, quality assurance and supply chain.
  • Top performer with high level of technological sophistication, along with hands-on management experience across diverse environments, including engineering/product development/product testing/test equipment development/product quality/interviewing and hiring/supplier development/manufacturing/marketing
  • Significant experience in human resources, interviewing/hiring/training/mentoring team members, conducting performance reviews, ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements, project planning/scheduling/resolution of conflict and performance issues/compensation/managing budgets/targeted Interviewing certified
  • Accomplished problem-solver whose unique mix of technical, engineering, and business expertise lends itself to developing business strategies, as well as positioning cutting-edge technologies for market introduction with an eye toward financial viability.
  • Creative innovator whose product-development solutions have resulted in profitability and US Patents and whose pursuit of continuous improvements yields high quality in all aspects of work.

Achievements and Skills

Business and Engineering Skills: Reduced the product development and validation time by 25% by establishing better design criteria and implementing strategic enablers.  Recommended and implemented cost reduction proposals and improvement projects based on solid financial and business analysis.  Reduced product warranty costs bt 23% and material costs by $28 million dollars in one year.  Championed a revenue-focused approach to product decisions and vehicle content to increase their contribution margins and corporate profits on one vehicle line by $34 million dollars per year.  Contributed to company profit growth by ensuring that all products exceeded customer requirements and came in significantly under budget.  Comprehensive understanding of business analysis/evaluations, product development life cycle management, process improvements, supplier negotiations, quality assurance and supply chain.  Collaborated with customers to define special product-development requirements and translated customer needs into product-line extensions.

Leadership and Execution Skills: Highly personable and sincere style with strong verbal and written communications skills has helped me create winning teams to achieve and sustain higher performance.  Proficient in solving complex problems and managing teams or working in teams to implement solutions under tight deadlines. 

Product Design and Test Development: Managed the development and patent of a product design that eliminated the need to add additional vehicle structure for a flat tire carrier and saved the company $500,000 annually.  Developed a test improvement process to insure that all supplier provided test data would meet corporate requirements for vehicle development and resulted in corporate cost savings exceeding $750,000 annually.  Never missed a product launch or compromised production by maintaining tight controls on product development and validation timing.  Managed the design, development and validation of over 120 products simultaneously.

Leadership Style

Situational and Adoptive

In a situation where I am new or do not know the employees and/or company culture, I would need to look, listen and learn.  I would need to develop an understanding of each of the team member's skill level, experience, and personalities.  Getting to know their generational beliefs will be important in knowing how each individual wants to be treated, how they expect to do their jobs, and what they expect from me and the job.

I encourage honest and open debate from my team.

My leadership style starts with some fundamental core values:

1.      Respect

2.      Trust

3.      Fairness

4.      Integrity

I use a participation style in decision making with individual or teams.  I want them to know that their knowledge and opinions count.

I always set clear goals for my team and let them know my expectations.

I delegate as much as possible w/monitoring based on skills, experience and confidence.  I find that professionals want to be challenged and have ownership of their work. This fosters creativity and dedication when they are responsible for their results.

I am a walk around leader.  I make myself available to support my team.  This allows me to get to know them.  This gives them the opportunity to ask me questions and for me to get their ideas about the project to help them feel vested.  It also gives me the opportunity to provide them constructive feedback and performance recognition on a more routine basis.  I never meddle needlessly in a project but always make myself available to support the team.

The single thing I am the proudest about from my previous job was the sincere gratitude each of my team members expressed to me regarding how they were treated and how they appreciated my mentoring, coaching and always being there when they needed my support.  I am sure that is why my team never missed a deadline, always responded to issues with a sense of urgency and delivered so many successful projects.  These were motivated individuals even in the face of a stressful and a changing automotive working environment.  They knew I valued them, even if the company appeared to be indifferent.

Work History

Work History
1999 - Present

Engineering Manager

General Motors
  • Led engineering team of up to 25 internal and supplier engineers through the entire product development process from conceptual phase to product launch and achieved successful launches 100% of the time.
  • Improved staff productivity by 30% by setting goals, creating a business environment that encouraged the professional development of each person, team building, and one-on-one coaching.
  • Conducted supplier assessments, managed supplier development and worked to improve supplier quality.
  • Developed and implemented action plans to improve performance of business critical suppliers, which included leading efforts to resolve recurring supply chain issues involving quality and delivery.
  • Managed supplier risk assessments and analysis and developed responses and implemented solutions to respond to program development, design, testing, operational and production issues.
  • Directed and drove a systematic approach to problem solving and process improvement using quality engineering tools including, but not limited to, Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE), Shanin/Red X techniques, Design for Six Sigma, DFEMA/PFMEA, Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments.
  • Significant experience with the APQP and PPAP processes.
  • Oversaw all management related issues, including human resources, hiring/training/mentoring team members, conducting performance reviews, ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements, project planning/scheduling, product specifications, and managing budgets.
  • Collaborated with customers to define special product-development requirements and translate customer needs into product-line extensions.
  • Avoided production downtime with prompt and systematic root cause analysis of supplier quality and process issues.
  • Improved company's competitive market position by reducing product costs, accelerating delivery on new products, and increasing overall product quality.
  • Reduced product warranty costs by 23% and material costs by $28 million dollars in one year.
  • Championed revenue-focused approach to product decisions and vehicle content to increase their contribution margins and corporate profits by $34 million dollars in one year.
  • Led global teams in product development with other engineering centers and suppliers in China, Korea, Germany, Sweden, India, and Australia.
  • Reduced the product development and validation time by 25% by establishing better design criteria and implementing strategic enablers.
  • Provided leadership in areas of product quality assurance and quality engineering to drive business objectives, continuous process and product improvements.
  • Recommended and implemented cost reduction proposals and improvement projects based on solid financial and business analysis.
  • Collaborated with marketing department, customers, and consultants to determine customer needs and industry trends.
  • Contributed to company profit growth by ensuring that all products exceeded customer requirements and came in significantly under budget.
  • Skillfully combined technical and management skills while mentoring group members as they resolved complex technical issues and provided expert technical advice to management for business decisions.
1993 - 1999

Design and Release Engineer

General Motors
  • Responsible for the product design, analysis, validation, production release, and assembly plant processing.
  • Represented company interests before agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
  • Identified, developed, documented and secured DoD approval for modifications to specifications that resulted in improved vehicle performance and reduced costs.
  • Applied DFSS to significantly reduce product assembly processing time and improve operator safety.
  • Created a new product design using six sigma that reduced product warranty costs and improved customer satisfaction.
  • Completed detailed SOR's, SSTS, CTS, and DFMEA/PFMEA for each subsystem and component as required.
  • Interfaced with other development engineers, supplier quality, designers, technology experts, vehicle dynamics engineers, and technical services to establish criteria for mass, piece cost optimization, and investment for each vehicle program.
  • Insured that the product designs met state and federal requirements, legal safety requirements and had no patent infringements.
  • Ensured that all products and assemblies met specifications and all applicable product quality, design and manufacturing process requirements.
  • Measured supplier performance on a periodic basis, and initiated, reviewed, and approved corrective action for supplier caused deficiencies.
  • Managed the development and patent of a product design that eliminated the need to add additional vehicle structure and saved the company $500,000 annually.
1987 - 1993

Test Engineering Supervisor

General Motors
  • Supervised 10 test engineers that were responsible for test equipment, test procedure development, and equipment maintenance.
  • Planned, specified, developed, and purchased equipment used in product testing and validation.
  • Directed the test engineers and technicians in the fabrication of testing and test control apparatus and equipment.
  • Developed a test improvement process to insure that all supplier provided test data would meet corporate requirements for vehicle development and resulted in corporate cost saving exceeding $750,000 annually.

Education

Education

Master of Science

B.S.

Western Michigan University

Skills

Skills

International Experience

International Experience: Led global engineering teams in product development and supplier sourcing with other corporate engineering centers and suppliers in China, Korea, Germany, Sweden, India, and Australia.  Managed the transfer of engineering designs and responsibility from region to region without any lost time or issues.  Headed a delegation in the homologation of US and European Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for vehicle performance and gained agreement on testing methods and requirements.

Change Leadership

Change Leadership: Highly successful in strategic design and tactical deployment of continuous improvement initiatives as a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  Balanced change with organizational impact, increased employee ownership and created world class products that resulted in tangible quality, performance, productivity and financial results.

Problem Solving and Problem Resolution

Problem Solving and Problem Resolution: Accomplished problem-solver whose unique mix of technical, engineering, and business expertise lends itself to developing business strategies, as well as positioning cutting-edge technologies for market introduction with an eye toward financial viability.  Skilled at working with suppliers, technical, and business teams to provide information and solutions to potential and existing issues.  Have lead efforts to resolve supplier quality issues, supply chain problems, and avoided production downtime with prompt and systematic root cause analysis and actions.

Personnel Management and Team Development

Personnel Management and Team Development: Responsible for leading an engineering team of up to 25 internal and supplier engineers through the entire product development process from conceptual phase to product launch and achieved successful launches 100% of the time.  Improved my staffs productivity by 30% by setting goals, creating a business environment that encouraged the professional development of each person, team building, and one-on-one coaching.  Oversaw all management related issues, including human resources, hiring/training/mentoring team members, conducting performance reviews, ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements, project planning/scheduling, product specifications, and managing budgets.

Supplier Assessments and Development

Supplier Assessments and Development: Conducted many supplier plant and process assessments, managed new supplier development, and worked to improve supplier quality.  Participated in supplier price negotiations and piece cost analysis. Experience with a large supplier base which includes suppliers in China, Korea, Germany, Sweden, India, and Australia. 

Proven Record - Across All Major Corporate Functions

Proven Record - Across All Major Corporate Functions:  Comprehensive understanding of virtually all corporate departments including Purchasing, Supplier Quality, Finance, Engineering, Marketing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Validation.  Record of rapidly increasing staff productivity, reducing product costs, accelerating delivery on new products, on-time execution, and reducing warranty costs.   Championed revenue-focused approaches to product decisions that increased their contribution margins and grew corporate profits.

Diverse Technical Experience

Diverse Technical Experience: Over the past 25 years, I have obtained a significant amount of hands-on experience in product testing, product design and development, laboratory supervision, test equipment design, fabrication and installation, test procedure development, product validation, and supplier test correlations. Six Sigma Green Belt certified and have applied DFSS to significantly reduce product assembly processing time and improve operator safety.  Authored and/or approved detailed SOR's, SSTS, CTS, and DFMEA and PMEA for each subsystem and component as required.

Certifications

Certifications

Training

GM University