Willis Hargrove

Work History

Work History
Apr 2010 - Present

SAP Labor Coordinator

Bradley Personnel(Thomasville Furniture)

Develop manufacturing processes for parts;

Determine labor for each process;

Upload labor to SAP;

Parts earn labor credit for each process.

Feb 2006 - Aug 2008

Production Manager

States Industries

Production Manager:

Labor variances were positive;

Plant increased efficiencies from 75 to 95%;

Plant improved safety scores to under industry averages;

Developed second shift crew to support increased production requirements;

Developed a document for the requisition of incoming parts;

Ordered resin and sanding materials;

Developed a document to calculate material requirements and finishing schedule.

Quality Manager:

Developed manual describing plant manufacturing capabilities;

Defect rate improved from 9.5% to 8.2%;

Served on several kaizen teams;

Communicate with vendors when had quality problems;

Performed root cause analysis to prevent problems from occurring again;

Developed Standard Operating Procedures;

Trained employees in Standard Operating Procedures;

Served as Kaizen Leader.

May 1991 - Nov 2005

General Manager

Thomasville Furniture

General Manager, Plant Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent: Provide all administrative support for managers and support staff; Daily monitoring and managing of information for the Veneer Plant, Carving Plant, Drawer Side Plant, Box Shop, Chip core Plant, and Sawmills; Implemented new technologies and equipment significantly reducing production costs; Trained associates on multiple shifts to operate and program new computerized equipment; Effectively developed reorganization of staff by coaching then for their expanded roles; Implemented workplace skills training; Implemented ergonomic program to reduce carpal tunnel injuries; Worked on implementation team for SAP to track material costs and inventory levels; Reduced Carving Plant costs by 50% with computerized equipment; Material Requirements Planning, Shop Floor Control, Capacity Requirements Planning used to monitor production schedules, inventory levels, and manpower levels;

Jun 1977 - Apr 1991

Senior Industrial Engineer

Thomasville Furniture

Senior Industrial Engineer, Plant Industrial Engineer, Industrial Engineer: Provide all administrative duties to support Industrial Engineering Manager, Mechanical Engineers, and all plant personnel; Implemented new technologies and equipment significantly reducing production costs; Interfacing with vendors on purchase of new equipment and training of plant personnel on new equipment; Worked on team that developed a computerized system for tracking incoming parts- Shop Floor Control; Worked as first in plant Production Planner in Thomasville to implement Shop Floor Control, Materials Requirements Planning, and Capacity Requirements Planning; Worked on various equipment justifications that increased production capacity at all plants; Worked as team leader on the layout and analysis of machine requirements for multiple facilities; Served on project team that set requirements for purchase of new mainframe computer software for entire company (TFI)

Education

Education

Summary

I am a results-oriented Operations Manager and Senior Industrial Engineer with a proven ability to produce profit growth through coaching and mentoring technical and non-technical employees. I have excellent Lean, Kaizen, 5S and project management skills that significantly raised productivity levels by applying re-engineering methodologies and innovative technology solutions.I am a 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. I was promoted through various Industrial Engineering assignments doing project work until 1991. I worked in various production management jobs progressing to my final assignment as a General Manager.For the next two and a half years, I worked as Quality Manager and Production Manager with States Industries.I continue to desire to find a job to utilize my extensive management and project management experience in a challenging position where mentoring skills and a proven track record can contribute to the bottom line results and create opportunities for career growth.

Objective

I am a results-oriented Operations Manager and Senior Industrial Engineer with a proven ability to produce profit growth through coaching and mentoring technical and non-technical employees. I have excellent Lean, Kaizen, 5S and project management skills that significantly raised productivity levels by applying re-engineering methodologies and innovative technology solutions.

Skills

Skills

CNC programming

Total Quality Management

Job Breakdown Sheets

Value Stream Mapping

Kaizen

Capacity Requirements Planning(CRP)

Materials Requirements Planning(MRP)

SAP

Auto Cad

Access

Word

Excel