Rick Jones is a versatile management/engineering professional open to relocation in the South. Rick is accomplished in spotting cost reduction opportunities and leading continuous improvement efforts. He is Certified in Lean Management, with expertise in production, assembly, packaging, and distribution. Rick has demonstrated success in using analytical, observational, and questioning skills to develop and to implement process improvements. He is adept at communicating with management, vendors, and associates at all levels to develop common goals
RICK JONES Fort Smith, AR 72903 (479) 484-5814 RWJones51@cox.net INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER / PROCESS ENGINEER Process Analysis / Project Leadership / Process Control Versatile management/engineering professional accomplished in spotting cost reduction opportunities and leading continuous improvement efforts. Certified in Lean Management, with expertise in production, assembly, packaging, and distribution. Demonstrated success in using analytical, observational, and questioning skills to develop and to implement process improvements. Adept at communicating with management, vendors, and associates at all levels to develop common goals. Lean Management Certification Statistical Process Control Employee Training Capacity Optimization Waste Reduction/Value Stream Multi-Functional Teams 5 Why – Root Cause Analysis Capital Project Support PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER AND HACCP MANAGER, Aug 2009 – Oct 2009 FREMONT BEEF COMPANY, Fremont, NE Worked two months for this company, which produces seasoned ground pork and IQF sliced pork bellies for export to Japan, beef and pork tongues, and beef and pork livers. Accomplishments were: Developed a revised process & format for product cost models Redesigned the machinery layout allowing improved tracking of pieces inspected by each worker, and potentially increasing the number of possible inspectors. Conducted testing to determine dispersion of seasonings within the ground pork, and designed a system to improve dispersion. Designed the layout for a new sliced belly product, conducted trials, and developed the standard cost. Oversaw the Quality department while learning HACCP requirements and procedures. Developed the groundwork for a detailed product specification system. CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, Feb 2000 – Nov 2008 OK INDUSTRIES - Fort Smith, AR Supported process improvement & cost reduction activities for this $500 million integrated poultry producer/processor. Through process flow analysis, calculated and maintained labor, yield, and production standards for all finished products, and reported production cost variances. Served as gatekeeper for all capital projects, providing analysis of potential savings and highlighting impacts on other departments. Calculated actual ROI after completion to provide lessons learned. Continued… RICK JONES Page 2 Selected Contributions: Provided Sales / R&D/ Operations with projected cost models for over 700 proposed new products, using time study and historical records to determine best process flow and standards for line speed, yields, and labor. Led QA team in Kaizen style design and installation and implementation of a wireless QA data collection system, reducing labor costs, providing real-time feedback, and improving product tracking by eliminating paper forms. Developed Statistical Process Control program for fully cooked products and trained line operators in SPC principles. Measurable improvement in finished product consistency. Led drive to install electronic vision based measurement devices to standardize and speed up product testing. Saved $200,000 labor and improved QA records. Joined with facilities engineer in designing the entire process layout for a proposed new plant (frozen fully cooked chicken). Mapped flow of all products to develop space and traffic requirements for all areas. Coordinated byproduct sales for multiple plants. Developed contracts for over $14 million. Oversaw logistics for pickups essential to avoid plant shutdowns. SENIOR INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, Jan. 1988 – June 1999 CONAGRA FOODS - Omaha, NE Supported continuous improvement and product development activities as engineering liaison between headquarters and eight production & three distribution facilities. Projected production bottlenecks and determined alternatives, coordinated R&D plant testing activities, supplied labor standards for new products, implemented or assisted numerous cost saving projects. Selected Contributions as Sr. Industrial Engineer: Facilitated transfer of over 400 new products from R&D prototypes to full production. Over $5 million costs avoided by innovative recognition of product changes. Developed front end loading documentation setting out process requirements and parameters – supporting a stage gate product development protocol. Designed changes in material flow at plant freezer and commercial warehouse that saved $120 thousand annually and provided basis for new warehouse proposal. Developed capacity modeling system to optimize asset utilization among five manufacturing locations. Included a listing of all plant primary capabilities and constraints. Researched and discovered “hidden” costs for introducing new products and maintaining existing ones. Eliminated over 400 items, saved over $5 million. Served as management consultant to a sister company (seafood) experiencing low product outputs. Determined sources of the problem, trained supervisors to recognize and attack causes. Production increased 32% after implementation. Received awards for team contributions to introductions of Healthy Choice Entrees and Kid Cuisine meals. Personally recognized for assistance to Butterball and Banquet Chicken products. Continued… RICK JONES Page 3 PLANT INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, March 1982 – Dec 1987 CONAGRA FOODS - Batesville, AR As Plant Industrial Engineer, led continuous improvement and waste reduction efforts for integrated poultry operation (processing, cooking, packaging and distribution). Yield and labor improvements during this time totaled over $6 million vs. baseline. Selected Contributions as Plant Industrial Engineer: Improved product flow and weight control in high speed frozen dinner assembly. Designed material handling system for ingenious new poultry cutting system. Tested prototype, reengineered department layout and installed five new lines resulting in annual savings of $900,000 on a capital cost of $400,000. Developed integrated cost model to calculate bottom-line impact of up to forty-five cost and production variables. Reduced decision-making time yet improved confidence. EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS Master of Business Administration (Management) University of Arkansas Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management University of Arkansas Senior member of Institute of Industrial Engineers since 1990 CERTIFICATION IN LEAN MANAGEMENT, Jan 2009 Gained this certification through an online course of study followed by testing.
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