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Dr. Stephen R.
, Block , Third Phase, Yanlord Town, Lane , Dingxiang
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OPERATIONS & SALES
Sales & P&L Accountability
•International & JV Operations
•TurnAround & Rescue Strategies
Factory StartUp • Process Improvements
•Industrial Engineering & Manufacturing
Executive Operations & Sales with years of success spearheading
highdollar manufacturing operations in Chinese markets; offer effective
blend of business acumen, Ph.D.level technical expertise, and experience
in broad range of chemical, electronic, and mechanical engineering sectors.
Adept at partnering effectively with Chinese authorities to achieve
Deep understanding of
local cultural and business nuances backed by indepth knowledge of
employment, health and safety, and customs regulations. Proven track
record of achievement promoting crosscultural understanding and company
integration; bilingual English / Business Conversational Mandarin Chinese,
with excellent communication, presentation, problemsolving, and relationshipbuilding
Outstanding learning credentials; Ph.D.
in Chemical Engineering & B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bradford University
in the UK. Solid experience implementing and training S / Six Sigma
/ Lean Manufacturing & Kaizen. Effective communicator with excellent
presentation skills and the unique ability to build, train, lead and
mentor successful cross cultural teams. Seeking Senior Executive position
Operations and Management Strengths:
Executive Team Leadership
Commissioning / Startup Management
S / Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing
Global Mergers & Acquisitions
International Team Building
Waste Reduction & Cost
Workplace Safety / Regulatory
CHINAGREENFIELD CONSULTANCY – Hong
Kong, dongguan, shanghai, uk
& OWNER May to
Hold P&L and sales performance responsibility
for China Greenfield
Consultancy I Manage five consultants
offering a range of services including interim management, executive
search, consultancy for companies setting up in China, coaching &
mentoring, headhunting, employee probity & security, training &
development, HR audits, publishing, culture & language development
My most recent assignment was leading
a search for a Vice President Asia Pacific for a US MNC. During the
search I was the interim Vice President Asia Pacific.
Rieter Nittoku Guangzhou
Automotive Sound Proof Limited – Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong
CEO General Manager
& Director October to May
Held P&L and sales performance
responsibility for joint venture between Swiss, Japanese, and
Taiwanese enterprises with annual turnover of RMBM and EBIT of .%.
Oversaw crosscultural factory team of
+ executive officers, managers, and direct workers, capitalizing
on strong understanding of cultural sensitivities to develop environment
that promotes teamwork and harmony between personnel from diverse backgrounds.
Defined and communicated company mission statement and values, created
and implemented effective cost control policies, and generated monthly
KPI reports for JV leadership. Lead teambuilding and training activities
for Kaizen and Executive Management teams.
Drove efficiency improvements
that captured % EBIT increase within one year from % to .%.
Championed Kaizen teambuilding,
training, and projects; led teams investigating methods to achieve scrap
reduction, yield improvement, and purchasing localization, triggering
annual cost savings of RMBM and reducing finished goods inventory
from to days.
Led dramatic improvements
in employee working and dormitory conditions that slashed turnover
rates from %+ to less than % annually, and reduced employment
costs by %.
Helped promote company
growth by completing feasibility study and recommendations for new
Established and maintained
productive relationships with major Japanese customers Nissan, Honda,
Developed new carpet business
which enabled sales to grow % in one year;
AGFA Wuxi Printing
Plate Company Limited – Wuxi, Jiangsu
Manager & Director October to July
Held P&L accountability
and management oversight of + member workforce at Wuxi factory with
€M+ turnover for AGFA European company with annual sales of €B+.
Led company separation
into three business units Graphics, Health Care, and Materials; restructured
management team to improve situational leadership and align collaborations
to meet new business needs, and guided staff from startup to achieve
profitability. Developed and promoted company goals, and trained Executive
Management team in S, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing principles.
Developed and enforced new purchasing and cost control procedures adapted
to global supply processes, and implemented new SAP modules. Created
new reporting and presentations that improved customer relationship
management, and established KPIs for all major processes; ensured achievement
of all targets through indepth training.
Improved production processes
to achieve % increase in factory output within one year with
no additional headcount; developed plan to generate additional %
increase over twoyear period.
Instituted successful turnaround
strategies that transformed business from €M loss into €M profit
between and .
Trained Executive Management
team to improve Health and Safety stance; coordinated efforts that
reduced workplace accidents to zero.
Ensured seamless continuity
of management at end of tenure by identifying and training successor.
Ningbo Baowang – Ninghai,
October to October
assignment to ensure seamless merger and acquisition of Ningbo Baowang
by Spectrum Brands, a Fortune company with US$B+ in annual sales.
Maintained full P&L
responsibility while leading ,member Chinese workforce through
integration into U.S. company culture and ensuring preparation of U.S.
engineers for Chinese environment; delivered Chinese and English language
training to managers and engineers. Directed building construction and
refurbishing to prepare for new consumer product production lines, developed
and implemented KPIs and reporting for all major processes, and instituted
policies to reduce scrap factorywide. Trained and collaborated with
Executive Management Team to implement S processes.
Improved production flow
capabilities by completely reorganizing factory layout.
Orchestrated project to implement
five new production lines; delivered first line on time and on budget,
and positioned remaining lines for completion within time and budget
limits after position handoff.
RMB.M annual savings in employment costs by reducing headcount
while remaining in compliance with all applicable PRC labour laws.
and Thumann Metal Products Ltd. – Dongguan, Guangdong
Manager & Director June to June
and sales performance responsibility, provided leadership of member
team of managers, supervisors, and direct workers for US$M battery
Identified and capitalized
on opportunities for enhancing manufacturing processes to achieve measurable
increases in efficiency, yield, and scrap reduction. Led staff training
and implementation of S, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing methods,
English language workshops, and KPIs for all production processes; generated
and reviewed monthly KPI and financial reports with Executive Management
team, and provided HQ with clear and concise summaries.
Transformed business from
US$M+ loss to US$.M profit within five years based on annual
sales growth from less than US$M to US$M+.
Achieved % improvement
in production efficiencies; improved first yield by %, and reduced
scrap from more than .% to less than .%.
Provided leadership for
launching three new processes and ten new production lines; delivered
all rollouts on time and according to budgeted scrap and efficiency
Implemented JIT inventory
strategy that reduced finished goods inventory from two months to
three days, and saved company US$.M+ in working capital.
Ensured % ontime product
delivery for five years with zero rejections.
Promoted family company culture
which reduced employee turnover
from >% to <%.
Duracell China – Dongguan,
Production Manager March to June
Advanced from process
engineering and project / product management roles in the U.K., U.S.,
and Belgium to manage JV between China and
local Chinese business partner.
Provided leadership for
member factory team; instituted S, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing,
and played primary roles in startup and management of chemical laboratory,
operating procedures, process and purchase specifications, testing and
quality engineering, inspections, and key ISOrelated activities.
Oversaw factory construction,
equipment installation, and operational startup from undeveloped
green field site within months.
Developed efficiencies, output,
and scrap levels that consistently exceeded Duracell’s international
Led team in achieving ISO
certification; coordinated qualification of all equipment that resulted
in fullscale production within projected time frame.
Implemented fully automated
measurement and data collection system.
Education and Credentials
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Bradford University – Bradford, West
Full Scholarship from The Duracell
European Technical Centre; published technical papers and granted
two patents comprehensive listings upon request
Executive Management Mandarin
Immersion Language & Culture Course For Native English Speakers
one month. Certified Advanced in October .
Safety Training for Leaders
& Managers DuPont,
Finance for the NonFinancial
Manager Industrial Society,
Certified in Intermediate
/ Advanced Spoken Mandarin South China University,
Lean Manufacturing Training
& Six Sigma Training Duracell, &
Certified Lead Auditor,