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K ENT R. V INCENT K.R.VINCENT@ATT.NET 630-369-8068 /I N/KENT VINCENT BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT/OPERATIONS EXCELLENCE MANAGER O PERATIONS • L EAN M ANUFACTURING • Q UALITY / ROCESS MPROVEMENT Versatile results-oriented executive with a solid track record of success in leading operations and quality initiatives for manufacturing companies across diverse sectors including batch chemical, food, and automotive supply. Expert in diverse manufacturing methodologies used in the development and maintenance of continuous improvement programs, initiatives, and projects including lean, Six Sigma, and Quick Response. Strong background in industrial engineering, life and ag sciences R&D, and mid-sized task team management. Proficient in use and understanding of commercial systems and applications including MS Office Suite, ERP, MES, and manufacturing-related data acquisition and process control. Cert Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Bronze, APICS CIRM, Supply Chain Analyst. CORE LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS • Licensed Training in Six Sigma • Lean and Six Sigma Strategy/Traini• Development & Training • Plant Floor, ERP, APS, MES Systems • Continuous Process Improvement • Supply Chain Integration • Manufacturing Methods & Processes • Manufacturing Planning and Executi• Process Mapping/Analysis • Measurement Systems Analysis • Financial Costing for Manufacturin• ISO and GMP Compliance PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE-CHRONOLOGICAL INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS AND R E-ENGINEERING SERVICES, Lisle, management consulting co. sole proprietorship 2003/1999 to Present M ANAGINGPRINCIPAL Provide contract-based consultation and training on quality and process improvement for a client base of small to mid-size manufacturers and service providers located primarily in the quad-state Lake Michigan area. Analyze client operations to develop and implement long-term strategic plans focusing on lean enterprise, Six Sigma processes, and quality assurance methodologies. Develop custom offerings for high mix/short run clients. Selected Contract Projects/Accomplishments Acting Quality Manager for bottled water producer in South Pacific for Mid-August- Mid-October, 2012. Introduce LSS DMAIC and project structure concepts, shore up laboratory analysis practices for trace contaminant control. 2012 Generated portions of business requirements and process analysis for Veterans Administration scheduling system applied to video conference based patient care. Wrote $18 mill Resource Plan/ Cost Analysis for funding. 2011 At Kraft Foods, IA, optimized yields and reduced rework from meat slicing via DOE, recapturing $260,000 in 16 weeks. Project made use of Six Sigma DMAIC project discipline and customized metrics from MES system. 2009-2010 Conducted Lean Six Sigma training for exiting employees at General Motors and other mid-sized manufacturers such as Prent Corp. in SE Wisconsin through Blackhawk Technical College. Some students certified and redeployed. Assisted in Six Sigma training and coaching at TTX Rail for paper report flow reduction. 2008 As a contractor with Wizdom Systems, conducted process analysis and as is-to be mapping of order fulfillment procedures at Navistar for military depot resupply. Focus on optimizing commercial to government transaction processing links. Reduction in delay and parts receiving bottlenecks estimated at 15%. Project encompassed data flow and process mapping from commercial supply side to US Govt. Wide Area Work Flow. Also AM, PM, TPM. 2008 Training and coaching Henry Pratt & Co. nuclear valve operations in launch of a 5S program in a rapid blitz. 2007 As a contractor to Cobra Electronics conducted process modeling of the off shore fabrication and finishing and material sourcing operations to identify waste and defects. Organizational changes were introduced in the relationship between engineering and quality assurance. Approximately 13% of expedite costs were trimmed. Lean computing methods such as task bin management were sampled to keep GUI design task turnaround time low. 2005 As a subcontractor to Ultra Consulitng, IL conducted lean site audit for a high variety, low volume sewing manufacturer, Juki Holdings, Huntley, IL in preparation for a comprehensive ERP / business system upgrade. Utilized multi-route capacity-driven kanbans (Quick Response “POLCAs”) to limit buildup of particular part sku’s that lack demand. Facility was on pace to reduce finished goods and work in process inventory by 20%. Project concluded with tentative selection of vendor software (INFOR Syteline, BAAN, AX, Apriso APS among candidates). 2003-04 Conducted Six Sigma Green Belt training and mentoring for Stanadyne, a Tier-1 automotive component manufacturer at two east coast flagship plants; created plan for implementation of specific process improvements KENT R. VINCENT Page 2 generating more than $3,000,000 in cumulative savings and cost avoidance. Analyzed practices of five key production lines and recommended measures that, once implemented, resulted in the retention and expansion of business with Daimler-Chrysler. Program managed four cluster teams on 13 projects involving elimination of variation in tappet body and piston fabrication and simplification of prep and finishing steps in hydraulic valve machining. Conducted solo jidoka and poke yoke defect reduction on four lines, leading to 18% reduction in rework. 2003 For Nightengale-Conant, a self-help training kit supplier, reduced order fulfillment time for special promotions. 2002 Project managed start-up operations for a software firm, Finna Tech that developed laboratory software information systems (LIMS) and helped them secure several key pilot accounts including Abbott Laboratories and Safety-Kleen Co-authored specifications for large active drug screening lab and created application notes for metal and food testing labs. 2001 Performed W-2 based paper industry consulting for Greycon Software Ltd (UK) in Brazil, the UK, and US. Clients included Stora-Enso, International Paper, and Votaratim (Brazil). Time and trim loss savings, typically $150,000/yr. through the use of S-Plan and X-Trim scheduling and trim loss optimization software. 2000 Served as acting operations and business development manager to a biotech-based water treatment start-up, now Enzymes-Inc. that secured pilot contracts with food, metals, and large vehicle fleet based express delivery companies such as UPS. 2000 Conducted and managed Y2K electronic readiness assessment on CNC equipment at Kay Manufacturing, IL. M ANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP , Chicago, IL, US Govt/NIST small business center 01/1995 to 03/1999 SENIOR PROGRAM M ANAGER /B USINESS ADVISOR Led business health assessment teams of 4 to 6 professionalsin analyzing small manufacturers which were then followed by managing one or more recommended improvement projectsinvolving regulatory compliance, ISO standards, technology upgrades, or marketing research. Recruited and managed some fifty different subcontractingresources in manufacturing software, IT, marketing, industrial hygiene, environmental engineering, quality, and logistics. Applied production scheduling and batch reduction principals and methods (pull techniques and scheduling heuristics) to a food industry service laboratory seeking to reduce delays and improve throughput (Silliker Labs) resulting in 10% revenue boost and account retention. Scope included both sample delivery vehicle routes and lab sample flows and queues. A night shift reduction in 40% of overtime was projected once procedures were stabilized. Directed and managed multi-faceted project for fish packing at Vita Foods, encompassing the implementation of lean, quality improvements and HACCP compliance; reduced costs associated with compliance and city waste water assessments, clean up, and consumption by $280,000 annually. Arbitrated disputes between public and private sector subcontracting bodies. Conducted and managed ERP software selection projects for Kay Manufacturing, IL, a Tier-2 supplier of transmission hubs and gearingfor GM, Northstar, and other OEMs. Selected system, ROI, aided in reducing work in process inventories by 15% and exercising control over maintenance and MRO parts replenishment. Two-bin supplier- customer kanban systems implemented, eliminating wait timesand disruptions in production cycles by 10% or more. INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS , La Grange, IL, contract automation systems integrator 6/1993 to 12/1994 VICE PRESIDENT /ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR Provided engineering and systems integration for clients in the packaging and metal products sector located in the Great Lakes area. Charged with oversight of requirements analysis for implementation engagements including engineering, electrical, and IT resources. Primary Projects Implementation of PC, SCADA, and PLC based production monitoring at Gaylord Container and Central Steel, Contracting to Cap Gemini for selection of warehouse management software and CPU hardware at Keystone Steel, Bartonville, IL and lab automation systems at GD Searle Pharma. Formal requirements analysis with weighted scoring. KENT R. VINCENT Page 3 As W2 contractor to Wizdom Systems, provided logistics consulting to nationally recognized Manufacturing Assembly Pilot project for information flow and supporting processes at 16 lower tier automotive seating suppliers to Big 3 automotive OEM companies practicing just in time sequenced parts deliveries. Emphasis was on pre-internet EDI optimization and communications. Cooperative participants were the Automotive Industry Action Group trade standards organization (MI), EDS (MI), and Wizdom Systems (IL). IBMC ORP., Rolling Meadows, IL, established information technology & services firm 1987 to 1993 ADVISORY S YSTEMS ENGINEER /NDUSTRIAL S PECIALIST Served as branch office and regional specialist for early phaseimplementation of less conventional IT applications utilized in automation, process control, process industry MRP, data collection, and internal logistics. Built and led action teams of 8 to10 comprised of IBM sales and systems engineers and client department heads. Selected Accomplishments: Recipient of IBM National Process Industry Sector Outstanding Performance Award for pre-sales and post-sales support of plant applications primarily in process consumer goods. Analyzed needs and implemented innovative system for two major food processors that increased business volumes on the vendor side by $3M per year while cutting customer material losses by $250,000 annually. Set up pilot program for Brach Candy food processing plant that analyzed ingredient consumption with a combined MRP and MES system (PRISM and POMS) for accurate work-in-process reporting and production costing enabling them to implement efficienciesthat saved more that $180,000 per year for duration of the plant operation (1990 – 2004). Collaborated with IBM’s industrial products support center in construction of a pilot demonstration system for the food batch process industry that resulted in multiple trial sales for clients in northeast Illinois. Implementation of warehouse management and wireless bar coding for carton labeling at Elkay Manufacturing sink production. Supervised implementation ofAnn Arbor AIM LAN based bar code picking and put away system at an internal tire warehouse for an agricultural implement manufacturer (Kewanee Farm Equipment, now Allied Products). EARLY ENGAGEMENTS: Early career experience includes positions as R&D Scientist, Laboratory Manager, and Senior Project Leader for major companies including IBM Instruments (lab instruments and work stations), Getty Oil Co. (polymer resin) and Beatrice Foods (consumer goods and ingredients). Construction of customized LIMS systems and R&D project logs at both employers. EDUCATION M.B.A., Operations / Marketing – Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University M.S., Agricultural and Life Sciences & Engineering – Cornell University B.A., Chemistry – Lawrence University Phi Beta Kappa honors, graduated cum laude Numerous professional certification and development training programs with Lean Enterprise Institute, Quick Response Manufacturing Center (WI), APICS, ProModel, Minitab, McElrath Associates (quality for agribusiness), Benedictine University (organizational development), Argonne Laboratories (bio-materials). PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / CERTIFICATIONS Six Sigma Black Belt – American Society of Quality, Cert. Supply Chain Analyst- ISCEA Lean Bronze level certified – Assoc. of Mfg. Excellence, CIRM- APICS Pubs: “Resolving the Tug of War between Lean, Six Sigma, and Compliance in the Chemical and BioPharma Environment” “Use of Advanced Scheduling in BioPharma and Chemical Environments” “Beyond the Job Shop―Supply Chain Information Systems for the Smaller Manufacturer” In progress: “Use of Quick Response Manufacturing Methods for Custom Batch Blending”
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