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 "Vice President Manufacturing"

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William C. Billingsley
2161 West Hampton Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri
Telephone: (555) 636-2726 / Cellular: (555) 988-3819 / E-Mail: williambillingsley@jat.com
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Experienced Executive-Level Manufacturing Professional
with strong skills in the following areas:
* Directing Manufacturing Operations at Multiple-Site Locations (USA)
* Optimizing Work Flow, Manufacturing Processes, Productivity & Yields
* Continuous Improvement    * Quality Assurance Management
* Team Building & Employee Motivation    * Cost Analysis & Cost Reduction

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Summary of Qualifications: 

  • Background encompasses extensive Manufacturing-related experience with proven record of being promoted to executive level based on job performance, utilizing excellent leadership, communication and organizational abilities.
  • Skilled at reducing costs and optimizing productivity by monitoring all aspects of manufacturing through the development and implementation of effective reporting systems. Currently manage six plant locations in four states with 4,296 employees. Total sales of $242 million in 2008. Reduced costs 14% between 2007 and 2008 by negotiating with suppliers and reducing workforce. Increased profits in 2008 by 12% over 2007.
  • Strengths: Hands-on, performance, process and results-driven management professional; able to effectively manage and motivate subordinates; skilled at cost reductions and increasing profits; consistent in management style; adept at problem identification/problem resolution.

Areas of Expertise:

* Multi-Site Management
* Quality Assurance Management
* Lean Manufacturing
* ISO-9000 Standards
* Six Sigma Principles
* Process Improvement
* Cost Management Reduction
* Capital Equipment Purchasing
* Developing Training Programs
* Continuous Improvement
* Team Building
* Safety
* OSHA/EPA Regulations 
* New Product Development
* Employee Motivation
* Problem Solving


Education / Training / Presentations:

  • MBA (June 1992), Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (May 1982), University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; GPA - 3.96; Graduated Summa Cum Laude (with Honors); named "Top Mechanical Engineering Student" during senior year
  • Completed "Executive-Level Manufacturing" Program (1997), 12-week course at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Seminars: Lean Manufacturing; Statistical Process Control; Six Sigma; Effective Leadership Principles; Problem Solving for Executives; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access & Outlook); Team Building; Decision Making for Executives; Quality Assurance Standards; Effective Communication Skills for Managers.
  • Speaker/Presenter: Speaker at Conference "Manufacturing Success" held in Baltimore, Maryland in June 2008. Topic: "Building a Cohesive Workforce."

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    Professional Experience:

    Braxo-Kline Manufacturing Corporation (June 1997 to Present)
    St. Louis, Missouri

    (Manufacturer of airport luggage handling systems and replacement parts sold domestically and internationally)

    Vice President Manufacturing

    • Responsibilities:
    • Manage all aspects of manufacturing at six manufacturing locations in four states (Missouri, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee).
    • Promote, oversee, motivate and evaluate performance of all Plant Managers at all locations.
    • Determine annual production goals for each plant location.
    • Utilize Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Principles in day-to-day operations.
    • Work closely with Research and Development to create new product lines.
    • Monitor and manage safety awareness in all manufacturing locations.
    • Manage all costs associated with manufacturing (labor hours, capital equipment purchasing, etc.).
    • Implement new policies, procedures and systems to improve the quality of company's products.
    • Foster and maintain relationships with key accounts, working closely with corporate sales force.
    • Drive continuous improvement efforts throughout the manufacturing processes.
    • Key Accomplishments:
    • Named "Executive of the Year" (2008) by company Board of Directors.
    • Significantly reduced injuries in plant locations by implementing new safety program. Received the "Daniel D. Batson" Award for Achieving Safety Excellence (State of Missouri).
    • Led efforts to expand manufacturing capabilities by overseeing expansion of two plants, adding 156,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
    • Exceeded all corporate goals for production and safety.
    • Staff Development: Mentored 4 employees who were promoted from Shift Manager positions to Assistant Plant Manager positions.

    Tinex Manufacturing Corporation (May 1986 to June 1997)
    Atlanta, Georgia

    (Leading Manufacturer of office furniture sold domestically and internationally)

    Plant Manager

    • Responsibilities:
    • Managed all aspects of manufacturing operations related to office furniture.
    • Directly responsible for 17 management personnel throughout the plant with indirect supervisory responsibility for 274 employees.
    • Managed all costs, working closely with Purchasing.
    • Conducted performance appraisals of all management personnel.
    • Reviewed performance evaluations of subordinate employees with other management personnel.
    • Key Accomplishments: 
    • Implemented Lean Manufacturing principles throughout the plant.
    • Between 1986 and 1997, reduced operating costs by 14%, while profits rose 174%.
    • Reduced labor force between 1986 and 1997 from 366 employees to 274 employees, reducing costs.
    • Implemented safety program that became a "model" for other company plant locations.
    • Successfully mentored and promoted 12 plant employees to Shift Manager positions.
    • Oversaw implementation of new processes that increased efficiency.
    • Named "Employee of the Year" in 1995 for job performance.
    • Chosen to train other plant managers at other company locations in "safety awareness," which significantly reduced amount of injuries corporate-wide.

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    Prior Professional Experience: 

    • Assistant Plant Manager and Shift Manager (1982-1986)
      Limtech Manufacturing, Denver, Colorado
    • Production Employee/College Internship (1979-1982)
      Balton Manufacturing, Denver, Colorado

    Community Involvement:

    • Member of Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Member of Greater St. Louis Manufacturers' Association
    • Member of Manufacturing Council, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Volunteer for United Way Fund Raising Campaign, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Board Member, Haberstein Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
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