Chief Operations Officer

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Position
Chief Operations Officer
Location Confidential
No
Location
No preference
Willing to Relocate
Yes
Industry
Mining-&-Metals-Production-and/or-Distribution
Function
GENERAL-MANAGEMENT--CEO/COO/GM
Compensation
$200,000 to $400,000

Resume Summary
Highly committed and focused operations management executive with a comprehensive background overseeing large manufacturing plants. I bring industry expertise, vision, functional knowledge and uncompromising work ethic. I add value with my depth of technical proficiency and team leadership skills.

Resume Body      CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT FOCUS

Strategy & Execution | Continuous Process Improvement | P&L Management & Optimization

Highly committed and quality control-driven Chief Operations Officer with strong proficiency in managing complex, high-volume, multi-site manufacturing plants. Acquired valuable expertise in operations management and production process optimization in the steel industry, holding senior-level operations management roles with leading US and Overseas Steelmakers. Regarded for ability to drive processes, control costs, and motivate diverse, cross-functional teams; outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills. Master of Science, Materials Science.
Additional strengths include:

Global Supply Chain Management Tactics
Team Collaboration/Leadership/Labor Relations
Business Growth, Profitability & Controls
Complex Reasoning & Problem Solving
Project Management & Execution Skills
Interpersonal Communication Abilities
Vendor Management & Negotiations
On-Site Construction Management
Turnaround Management Scenarios
International Business Experience

HIGHLIGHTED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Manufacturing Operations Management: Directed and led the operations function for a $600 M steel plant that grew into a $1B operation. Defined operating model, formulated strategy, and facilitated product quality controls at all points in the production process to minimize risk.
New Site Construction & Profitability: Recruited to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for a $2 B start up steel company overseas. Immediately stabilized plant operations and established standard practices and procedures to optimize the manufacturing process. Achieved profitability in less than one year.
Plant Safety & Security: Improved plant safety performance by 80% at Flat Roll Steel Manufacturer and maintained an employee accident rate 25% of the industry average. Crafted and launched the Error Free Manufacturing initiative for CEO and reduced cost of employee-driven mistakes by $400K per month. Recognized for leading Safest Steel Mill in North America.
Turnaround Management: Restored a struggling steel mill back to profitability in 9 months. Recorded a 200% improvement in P&L by refocusing available resources. Recruited a new workforce of 700 full-time employees in 3 months, negotiating with unions to secure fair labor terms.


PROFESSIONAL HISTORY


OVERSEAS START UP STEEL COMPANY
Chief Operations Officer

Manage and oversee an emerging steel production plant in the Middle East that produces reinforcing bar (rebar) to drive new large, multi-billion dollar, and national-scale infrastructure development projects that include airports, oil refineries, and buildings throughout the region. Oversee and direct plant operations, monitor production volume, evaluate product quality, ensure workforce safety, and allocate a $400M operating budget. Concentrate on leading newly-hired multi-national workforce and teaching locally-sourced talent best practices in U.S. and world-class steel production techniques.

Key Achievements:
Developed strong working relationships with influential leaders throughout company critical to securing cooperation between cross-functional teams. Assumed immediate leadership role.
Simplified and standardized manufacturing and inventory control procedures to minimize yield loss and waste that cost company excessive expense.
Established new procedures for purchasing raw materials for plant that clarified companys demand with vendors and suppliers alike. Maintained strict schedules to integrate key processes.
Formulated, introduced, and implemented cost and quality management programs that optimized manufacturing process. Worked directly with owners and investors to implement improvements.
Selected by management to assume control over a new $150M manufacturing line expected to drive increased profits.


USA START UP STEEL COMPANY
Vice President, Operations

Recruited to lead start up, Greenfield micro-mill development and construction project. Secured necessary environmental permitting, negotiated supplier contracts, developed plant site construction plan, managed daily schedule. Coordinated information sharing with vendors to ensure equipment met design specifications. Participated in financing efforts.


ESTABLISHED DIVERSIFIED PRODUCTS STEEL COMPANY (2)
Vice President & General Manager

Directed and led all plant operations that encompassed finance, technical services, and sales for a $500 M long products steel mill facility that employed 350 professionals and tradesmen. Maintained profitability throughout 2008 economic crisis. Improved facilitys safety performance to near-perfect record. Streamlined and standardized best practices, processes, and procedures, and identified, tracked, and addressed potential production bottlenecks. Significant international experience.

Key Achievements:
Earned recognition via formal industry award as the safest steel mill in North America. Produced positive cash flow and net income while increasing inventory turnover and accounts receivable conversion.
Optimized inventory management practices by integrating steel production process with internal and external distributors. Implemented dramatic change and opened lines of communication between teams.
Led new product development initiatives that significantly increased overall market share.
Significant International Business Experience.
Selected by CEO to lead and implement application of lean manufacturing techniques.
Facilitated plant-wide conversion to SAP accounting and operations management software.


ESTABLISHED DIVERSIFIED PRODUCTS STEEL COMPANY (1)
Vice President, Operations; Vice President & General Manager; Steelmaking Manager; Casting General Supervisor; Technical Services Metallurgist.

Rose to positions of increasing responsibility and influence over a $600 M business line within a large, multi-state steel manufacturer that generated over $1B in revenue. Directed and led operations management function overseeing a large matrix organization of 1,000 employees. Directly accountable for the P&L performance of facilities based in Western US. Reported to CEO; concentrated on quality improvement, cost reduction, and customer satisfaction.

Key Achievements:
Improved product quality by 60%, overall productivity 30%, cost efficiency 20%, and total yield 10% by establishing comprehensive control measures and implementing continuous process improvement.
Completed a $300 M rolling mill capital project that led to a 30% increase in production volume while reducing costs by 25% in 12 months. Introduced formal employee training programs tied to project.
Led dramatic turnaround of a steel plant. Avoided costly work stoppage. Negotiated with labor representatives. Managed facility through labor disputes with union and non-union employees.
Achieved 99% in semi-finished product quality that saved $10 M in annual costs.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS  Master of Science, Materials Science

MONTANA TECH  Bachelor of Science, Metallurgical Engineering


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Alabama Iron & Steel Counsel (former Chairman)
Sloss Furnace Solutions (former Board of Directors)
AIST Foundation (former Board of Trustees)
Steel Manufacturers Association
Gerson Lehrman Group;

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