Executive Recruitment Elixir: VP Operations

Most executive recruitment firms have a speciality. Our executive recruiting firm focuses on manufacturing, operations, technical, scientific and engineering recruitment. As a result, it is our duty to notify our client’s management recruiters when a new top-notch candidate comes on the market. Today we have a VP of Operations for you. Here are his credentials:



▪ Implemented Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement.
▪ Managed Domestic Purchasing and Asian Sourcing groups.
▪ Responsible for multiple warehousing locations of over 1mm sq ft.
▪ Worked for privately held and publically traded companies, both union and non-union.
▪ Computer capable in Word, Excel, Power Point, Photo Shop, etc.
▪ Lead multi International Manufacturing, Engineering, Sourcing and Quality Organizations concurrently. Illinois, Mexico, China
• Managed annual budgets of up to $60 Million.
• Personnel responsibilities up to 3,000 personnel.
• Familiar with Travel up to 50%
• Maintain compliances UL, CSA, ROHS, WEEE, ISO, OSHA, EPA, REACH, IDOT, HAZ COM, Conflict Minerals.

Core competencies include:

• Strategic Planning • Lean Manufacturing • Strategic Leadership
• Project Management • Production Analysis • Process Development/Implementation
• Cost/Waste Reduction • Continuous Improvement • Team Building


Vice President of Operations
Aurora Circuits, Inc, Aurora, Illinois, 2012 – 2014
Aurora Circuits is a $8.5 million privately held manufacturer of printed circuit boards.
Provided leadership, goal setting, employee mentoring, Lean / 5S training and Continuous Improvement Initiatives to improve company performance.

Selected Achievements:
• Implement cost reduction initiatives that will result in a $1.5MM COGS reduction annually.
• 70% reduction in OSHA recordable injuries
• 50% improvement in On Time Shipments
• 45% reduction in Quality defects.
• Implemented Safety Committee, Quality Circle, MRB Review and 5 S training.
• Implemented employee training with quality guidelines per position.

Director of Operations
Dimension Design, Glenview, Illinois, 2011 – 2012
Dimension Design is a $13 million Tension Fabric custom manufacturer of trade show booths and displays.
Through direction setting, mentoring, and planning, executed excellence through lean initiatives. Transformed operations, comprising of Metal Mechanical Design, Graphics and Fabric Engineering, Quality, Procurement, Building Maintenance and Manufacturing from autonomously minded departments to a highly efficient, process-driven, team valued organization. Implemented cadence and process throughout the organization to bring greater visibility and predictability to the operating results.

Selected Achievements:
• In first year, implemented workflow, process and material cost reductions equal to 22% of gross sales
• 75% reduction in OSHA recordable injuries
• Implemented Safety Committee, Quality Circles and 5 S training

Director of Operations
IMS Engineered Products, Inc., Des Plaines, IL, 2010-2011
IMS Engineered Products is a $40 million custom, build to order sheet metal fabricator.
Provided strategic leadership in directing and overseeing daily manufacturing, quality, and facilities operations. Reported directly to the President and worked collaboratively with all top management to set direction and ensure cohesiveness throughout the organization while personally directing a team of 150 and a budget of $15 million.

Selected Achievements:
• 50% reduction in lead time
• 20% inventory reduction
• 10% productivity gains and eliminating all past due orders
• Maintained full compliance in areas of ISO, ROHS, WEEE, OSHA, and EPA

Vice President of Global Operations
Director of Engineering/Operations
Intermatic, Inc., Spring Grove, IL, 1998-2010
Intermatic, Inc. is a $350 million privately held manufacturer of retail and industrial lighting controls.
Providing highly effective leadership strategies, responsibilities included daily operations consisting of 3,000 employees and a $60 million budget for six international manufacturing facilities in the US, Mexico, China and Germany. Additionally provided direction to an Asian sourcing organization for a Hong Kong location. Areas of responsibility included: customer orders through fulfillment, quality, and sustaining engineering functions.

Selected Achievements:
• Established global manufacturing goals and common operational performance metrics
• Implemented SMART Goals performance system
• Implemented new product engineering seven stage gated process
• $3 million annual cost savings
• Maintained full compliance in areas of ISO, ROHS, WEEE, OSHA, and EPA
• Relocated all US manufacturing to Mexico with margin improvement of $26 million annually

Director of Operations
Alloyd Company, Inc., DeKalb, IL, 1994-1998
Alloyd is a $150 million custom plastic thermo former, calendar and custom packaging equipment supplier.

Effectively directed all aspects of this PVC manufacturing operation, including responsibility for an associated $10 million Packaging Machinery Division. Worked directly with the President in areas of strategic planning, production analysis, capital equipment and facilities improvements, staff training, process development and implementation, and cost reduction.

Selected Achievements:
• $3 million annual cost savings by procuring, redesigning, rebuilding, and converting equipment
• Reduced machinery lead times by 25%
• Slashed inventory, parts and service backlog by 40%


Keller Graduate School of Business, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Science – Electronic Engineering Technology
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Additional courses, seminars and workshops include:
Lean ManufacturingKaizen and Juran continuous improvementToyota Lean, DFM • JIT • SPC • MRP • DOE • MBO • EEOC • Dealing with People • Supervisory Management • TF Technology • SMD Technology • Teradyne Laser Trimming • NEY Contact Theory • Transformer Manufacturing • Hazardous Waste Management • Wave Solder Training