Director Product Development R&D CPG in NYC Resume Mark Alexander
Mark Alexander is a highly-skilled and results-driven Senior Technical Manager with strong leadership experience and a proven record of achieving growth and productivity objectives across a broad range of product lines.
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MARK V. ALEXANDER C (203) 917-8131 H (860) 350-4898 Bridgewater, CT 06752 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LEADERSHIP | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT | GROWTH STRATEGIES Highly-skilled and results-driven Senior Technical Manager with strong leadership experience and a proven record of achieving growth and productivity objectives across a broad range of product lines. Recognized ability to lead global teams, collaborate across functions, and manage multiple diverse projects to successful commercialization. Adept at combining a broad technical background with a global business perspective to identify growth opportunities in new regions and channels. COMPETENCIES • Team Leadership & Development • Strategic Planning / Project Management New Product Development / Re-engineering • Cross-Functional Collaboration Packaging Engineering • Communicating & Influencing at All Levels Organizational Alignment • Business Development Strategies • Regulatory Surveillance & Response Strategies • New Product Ideation & Innovation • Budget Management • Product Lifecycle Management • Continuous Improvement & Cost Efficiencies • Performance Metrics & Data Driven Decisions PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HONEYWELL - PRESTONE PRODUCTS CORP (A brand within the Consumer Products Group) 1994 – Oct 2011 WORLD-WIDE R&D MANAGER, Car Care (2004 – Oct 2011) Managed a global team of 14 scientists and led completion of over 30 growth, maintenance and productivity projects annually for U.S. and European CPG businesses, achieving $20M in benefits • Collaborated with Marketing and Sales to identify new product concepts based on emerging trends and consumer research, and developed technology roadmaps aligned with broader business 5-year growth initiatives • Drove innovation in formulating products across multiple forms (liquids, aerosols, wipes) and categories (oil/fuel/driveline additives, surface cleaners, cooling system treatments, chemical tuneup) • Managed team projects through the entire product development process, from initial concept and VOC through post- launch customer technical support; Improved the project management stage gate process by implementing formal Leadership review of high-impact projects, and used the new process to launch five products for a key customer trial under a tight deadline • Created a Project Leadership Committee process to align R&D resources with internal customer project requests, ensuring proper prioritization, and managed budgets to support two independent P&L businesses • Acted as a core member of the Brand team, setting strategy and addressing critical business issues; Selected by Leadership to lead a major project to assess product profitability by sku and customer, driving to pricing and rationalization decisions • Conducted comprehensive regulatory, technology and consumer needs assessments, resulting in new fuel additive products with revenue of $1M and clearer communication of product features/benefits for existing products; Developed a new global safety product composition and associated IP strategy to enable share of demand growth worth $15M • Partnered with US, European and Asian business teams to identify opportunities in new markets and channels, and provided critical support for launches and localization in all regions; Utilized external partners and EMR suppliers to develop an innovative new line of cleaning products targeted to women, resulting in $7M initial sales Managed technical resources in support of productivity projects with savings of over $5M, including initiatives to reduce carton compression strength and implement in-house bottle manufacturing • Identified and implemented process improvements such as Risk-Management Sign-Off and one called Quick Hits, to speed product launches, while promoting a mindset of intelligent risk-taking Led cross-functional teams to explore external manufacturing efficiencies, leverage supplier resources and technology expertise, and share best practices with other consumer products companies MARK V. ALEXANDER Page 2 WORK EXPERIENCE: (Continued) • Teamed with Legal to effectively defend the business against product claims challenges from US and EU agencies • Presented to the California Air Resources Board and successfully negotiated product regulation exemptions that protected company products from phase-out SENIOR GROUP LEADER, Car Care (1994 – 2004) Assumed leadership for all R&D activities in the Car Care group and a team of six scientists/technicians working in partnership with Sales and Marketing; Promoted to Group Leader and then Senior Group Leader. • Developed and launched 36 new products in three years to establish Prestone as a viable, privately-owned brand. Was a catalyst in driving cross-functional activities • Fostered partnerships with key customers across multiple channels, through technical training and support, resulting in significant product listings • Instituted Best Practices between R&D teams for US and European CPG businesses to enhance collaboration and promote global product utilization. • Acted on multiple committees of the Consumer Specialty Products Association to identify potential regulatory threats and responses FIRST BRANDS CORP - Danbury, CT 1986 - 1994 SENIOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CHEMIST Worked with Sales and Marketing to grow the business through new product innovations in multiple product categories; Promoted from Product Development Chemist • Expanded portfolio of new product launches and managed a technical team of three people. • Developed and commercialized an emulsion process, saving $1 million a year EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY, Danbury, CT Courses completed in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Business Statistics Certification & Training: Six Sigma Greenbelt; Design for Six Sigma; Design of Experiments; Leadership Workshop; Strategic Marketing Plan Workshop; Voice of the Customer Workshop; Essentials of Project Management PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA): Cleaning Products Committee, Aerosol Products Committee Industrial & Automotive Products Executive Board Automotive Specialty Products Association (ASPA): Technical Advisory Committee Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) PATENTS / AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS Patents: Low VOC Cleaning Composition, Automotive Additive Composition, Method for Preventing Frost Formation; Patent Application on Next-Generation Tire Inflator/Sealer Propellant Composition Awards: Quest for Excellence SBU Award; CPG President's Award for Living the Winning Culture; CPG President's Award for work with the Consumer Products Safety Commission Publications: A Modern Approach to Evaluation of Ethylene Glycol Based Coolants (SAE 88026)
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