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Daniel J.

McDonnell, SPHR
71 Ridgeview Lane (716) 208-5105
Glenwood, New York 14069 [1]
Professional Summary
Senior Professional Human Resource Manager with over twenty years of
progressive leadership experience developing, implementing, and
directing HR policy that drives improvement in organizational culture,
employee performance, and operating results.
Functional Experience:
Corporate Human Resources, Plant HR Management, Employee/Labor
Relations, Training, Safety and Environmental Management, Continuous
Improvement Facilitation
Industry Experience:
Food, Industrial, Technology, Waste Management

Management Skills:
o Acquisition/Strategic Partnership (Global)/Divestiture o Workforce
o Process Excellence/Six Sigma/Lean Methodology o Succession Planning
o Talent Gap Assessment o Global Sourcing
o Strategic Planning/Budgeting o ISO Quality Systems
Professional Experience
Dresser-Rand, Painted Post, New York 2008 - Present
Human Resources Manager (Contract)
Develop policy and direct and coordinate human resources activities
for 1000 employees. Oversee employment, compensation, labor relations,
benefits, training and employee services. Maintain
company/employee/community relations to project the most favorable
image of company and facility. Upgrade talent through selection,
training and appraisal of key personnel. Plan, delegate and administer
performance appraisals and counseling, supervisory selection,
personnel records, security, employee benefits, training, development,
and public relations.
* Successfully filled 16 salaried positions encompassing
engineering, manufacturing supervision and product management,
while reducing recruitment cycle by 40% and hiring cost by
* Spearheaded plant organizational review eliminating duplicate
layers of management, four positions in total, and focusing more
accountability to mid-level management.
* Championed administrative group's Introduction to Six Sigma.
* Established root cause review of plant's Lost Time and OSHA
recordable incidents. Lost Time accidents were reduced by 31% over
last three months of 2008 versus first nine months.
* Researched/selected new Worker's Compensation carrier resulting in
a premium reduction of $188,000.
General Mills Inc., Buffalo, New York 2006 - 2008
Human Resource (HR) Manager
Lead HR function with 6 direct reports for General Mills Cereal, Flour
and Grain Operations, employing over 550 employees, 420 of which are
unionized under three separate contracts. Managed all aspects of HR
including employee and labor relations, recruitment, training,
performance management, succession planning, benefits, continuous
improvement, safety and wellness and policy and procedure development
and execution.
* Successfully filled 27 open positions, including several
challenging positions in operations and technical management.
Timely and cost effective strategic staffing allowed site to
acquire new business operations.
* Directed grant process with NYS Economic Development Agency
resulting in a $200,000 grant for training.
* Negotiated four union contracts with resulted in streamlined
position classification, greater workforce flexibility and
moderate wage increases.
* Delivered $600,000 decrease in potential and current workers
compensation claims by implementation of Light duty work programs
and aggressive claim administration.
* Revitalized the site's Inclusion and Diversity Team to recognize
and embrace differences, which ultimately created a more
respectful workplace. The result was a 27% improvement in
Buffalo's climate survey.
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Professional Experience (continued)
Human Resource Consulting, Buffalo, New York 2002 - 2006
Acting HR Director - International Fiber Corporation, Tonawanda, NY
(2003 - 2005)
Worldwide manufacturer of functional fibers and fillers with
facilities in NY, Ohio, West Virginia and Belgium, as well as
sales/distribution offices in Europe and Asia. Assumed responsibility
for HR function as the company positioned itself for sale. Managed
employee relations, recruitment, benefits, safety and industrial
* Directed HR activities for significant expansion in Brussels,
Belgium of 85 industrial and salaried associates. Objective was
completed 30 days earlier than expected and under budget.
* Aided in recruitment efforts and compensation/benefit design for
sales force in European & Asian markets.
* Generated cost savings of approximately $500,000 in employee
benefits, worker's compensation and business insurance while
avoiding losses in coverage to employees or business entities.
Interim Human Resource Manager - Hollingsworth and Vose Inc., Norwich,
NY (2003)
Worldwide manufacturer of technically advanced filters. Hired to lead
HR for New York facility during plant startup with responsibilities
for recruitment employee relations, safety and training.
* Completed timely recruitment of a manufacturing team of 75 for
* Created annual savings of $275,000 for self-insured medical and
workers' compensation plans.
* Organized training strategy and timeline for Six Sigma orientation
to New York facility.
Interim Training & Employment Manager - American Standard Inc.,
Tiffin, OH (2002 - 2003)
Worldwide leader supplying bathroom, kitchen and air conditioning
products. Recruited to staff large expansion effort at ASI's largest
domestic facility.
* Successfully sourced and staffed 125 production employees, 8
operational team leaders as well as numerous technical experts in
Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
* Developed new employee orientation and introduced Six Sigma and
Lean Programs.
* Implemented training for supervisor orientation and Diversity Team
Republic Technologies International, Lackawanna, New York 1997 - 2002
Regional Human Resource Manager - Northeast and Midwest Regions (2000
- 2002)
Divisional Human Resource Manager - Bar Rolling Division, 6 facilities
(1998 - 2000)
Human Resource Manager - Lackawanna, NY & Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
(1997 - 1998)
Directed employee/labor relations including arbitration, recruitment,
regulatory compliance, policy and procedure administration, training
and communications. Company representative for NLRB, EEOC and State
Human Rights Issues as well as Chief Spokesperson in collective
bargaining issues with several unions.

* Successfully recruited 250 additional hourly and 24 salaried

positions at the Lackawanna facility as operations changed from
10-20 shifts in an eight-month period of time.
* Created corporate Total Quality Management program rolled out at
each manufacturing location.
* Reduced the number of outstanding grievances at all associated
locations by 57%.
* Part of local management team instrumental in QS9000 registration
15 months after startup.
* Instrumental member of negotiating committee that modified
existing labor agreement resulting in significant concessions, for
the Company to exit from bankruptcy.
Steuben Foods/Elmhurst Dairy - Director of Human Resources (1995 -
Waste Management, Inc. - Regional Human Resource Manager (1992 - 1995)
Dahlstrom Manufacturing Corporation - Human Resource Manager (1983 -
Education/ Professional Development
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
BS - Human Resources, 1978
Center of Industrial Effectiveness - Six Sigma General Mills Inclusive
Leader Training
Global Professional Human Resource Certification (2009) DDI training
targeted selection