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7030 W. 100TH St. Unit #208
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
(773) 964-0787
Results oriented professional with experience in manufacturing operations. Effectively created and directed a successful team in an environment of ethnic and cultural diversity. A goal oriented self-starter with proven leadership, communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills that are attentive to details and plans in a logical, systematic manner. Areas of expertise include:
Manufacturing & Production Management                Empowerment and Team Management
Risk Management – Safety/Environmental                Quality & Productivity Management
Customer Satisfaction / Quality Improvement           Problem Solving & Decision Making
OSHA Process Safety Management                         5S Lean Manufacturing Principles
KELLOGGS COMPANY, Chicago, IL                                                                  2006-November 2009
Production Manager
Led a team of 30-40 associates for a 3-shift facility with (3) production areas: Baked Products, Packaging, and Mixing as well as (3) of the support functions: Quality, Safety, and Sanitation/Food Safety. Planned, scheduled, and coordinated production activities from the delivery of raw materials to the manufacturing of several finished products. Worked closely with maintenance and quality assurance to help identify production problems and determine appropriate changes of materials, procedures, and equipment.

Implemented inspections for ingredients, package materials, goods in process, and finished product to assure that all products meet company, customer, and regulatory requirements for quality.
Prepared and presented training on safety and food safety compliance with GMP’s, OSHA, and HACCP requirements for 40-50 people annually.
Introduced and implemented best practice improvement opportunities associated with existing business processes resulting in improving performance efficiencies by 30%.
Reduced equipment downtime for product changeovers by 20% through increased preparation and communication between key production associates and mechanics.
Directed the efforts of mixing, baking and packaging on assigned lines to achieve goals in quality, line efficiency, costs, budgets, and scrap.
Handled Union contacts as necessary to ensure effective and timely handling of employee complaints or disciplinary problems.
Monitored equipment and scheduled repairs in a manner that didn’t compromise production schedules and demands.
Communicated company policies and ensured compliance with work rules and safety requirements.

MEDICAL STAFFING NETWORK, Warrenville, IL                                                               2005-2006
Human Resource Manager
Oversaw recruiting and training programs. Directed distribution of company benefits. Supervised a team of 1-2 human resource assistants in all phases of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training process. Managed the recruitment process from screening to selection and induction.

Counseled managers and employees regarding issues related to conflict resolution, employee complaints, sexual harassment, employee assistance plans, and training requirements.

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Human Resource Manager (Continued)

Participated in compensation & benefits surveys, which assisted in providing Corporate with timely recommendations for salary increases and/or adjustments.
Managed the day to day HR issues such as ensuring compliance with corporate governance.
Ensured management development in employee relations, policies, and procedures.
Conducted exit interviews with employees leaving the company.

CARGILL COMPANY, West Branch, IA                                                                                          2005
Plant Manager Internship
Assisted the Operations Manager with managing the facility and the people to produce products efficiently to that of the corporate and business unit guidelines.

Implemented production quality standards, including food safety, product appearance, product cost, and production efficiency in compliance with all Federal, State and Local guidelines, including GMP’s, OSHA, USDA, and HACCP.
Supervised all aspects of the production process in a manner that minimized inventory and overtime, optimized productivity and controlled operating expenses.
Developed and provided job related training to improve employee and plant performance and safety awareness in plant operations.
Managed the facility and the people to produce products efficiently to that of the corporate and business unit guidelines.
Initiated Kaizen to develop new assembly process and training matrix for warehouse restructure.

OFF CAMPUS ACCESS, Inc., Charlottesville, VA                                                                 2003-2005
Human Resource Generalist
Managed a broad range of HR functions including recruiting, personnel file management, HR policy development, staff training/development programs, and new hire orientation.

Advised managers and employees on the interpretation of personnel policies and compensation and benefit programs.
Assisted with screening resumes, interviewing candidates, drug testing, and assisted with hiring new employees.
Increased overall employee performance by 30% through recognition and rewards programs.

KRAFT FOODS, Inc., Champaign, IL                                                                                   2002-2003
Indirect Labor
Masters of Business Administration, Specialization in Management
Expected Graduation 5/2011
Bachelor of Science, Human Development & Family Studies
Positive Management Leadership – Union Awareness/Avoidance
Safety Leadership for Managers-National Safety Council
Human Resource Management Practices
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Internet Savvy and knowledgeable of SAP systems.

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