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Rick Zijadic 156 Red Stone Ridge Delran, NJ 08075 Phone: Home: (856)393-8153 Cell: (609) 781-2130 E-mail:

rz15ea75a@westpost.net SUMMARY Results driven professional with extensive manufacturing experience. Hands on e xperience directing operations in both Europe and USA. Effectively manages globa l operations and multiple plants with expertise in developing performance-driven , cost reduction initiatives to maximize profit, quality and profitability level s. Extensive background in all industrial manufacturing operations, LEAN, 5S, Ka izen and Six Sigma with hands-on production supervisory responsibilities in cus tomer-driven, ISO 9002/QSR-13485/14001 in quality certified team environments. Bi-lingual. Origin in Croatian and Serbo-Croatian language. EXPERIENCE Arrow International/Teleflex Medical Mt. Holly, NJ 1995 - Present $2.5 billion publicly traded medical device manufacturer of broad range of clini cally advanced, disposable catheters and related products for critical and card iac care. Manufacturing/Packaging Manager 2005 - Present Manage the Production and Packaging/Sterilization departments, reviewing daily r esults, giving direction to the Supervisors and Phase Leaders to identify curren t and potential problems and develop corrective action plans. 2 direct reports, 95 indirect reports * Responsible for P& L of the manufacturing and packaging operations. Execute su perbly per AOP and budgeted plan. * Established and implemented Performance Metrics to improve overall plant effic iency from 85% to 115% in 2 years. * Monitor the scheduling of production orders to ensure that schedules create ti mely receipts into finished goods inventory and ensure personnel and assets are utilized to their full potential. * Development, forecasting, and implementation of cost reductions initiatives. * Continuously improve overall utilization and productivity of direct labor over 40% from 50% utilization/productivity in 2005 to over 75 % in 2010. * Reduced rejects by 40% by developing, establishing, and tracking departmental metrics, and communicating progress weekly with Production Supervisors and Phase Leaders. * Improved Customer Service from 70% to 90% Line Fill, and reduced inventory lev el of "Red Codes "from 40 % in FY2005 to 5 % in FY2010. * Improved "Insufficient Stock" from $1,000.000 (FY2005) to $5,000 (Fy2010) * Continuously improve and cut plant cost from $95 /St. Hour in FY2005 to $65 /S t. Hour in FY2010. * Named the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for Mt. Holly Plant as part of Global En gineering Team to address Validation/Remediation, Process FMEA and Hazard Analys is. Manufacturing Engineer 2001 - 2005 Conduct process validations, analysis data, write reports. Co-ordinate new product/new process activity via NPX manufacturing orders, inclu ding develop, refine,improve processes and train manufacturing operators. Transform complex design consepts into workable products and processes. Develop new manufacturing method and equipment. Interact with outside vendors to investigate/procure quotations and equipment. Responsible for direct supervision of the Set-up team. Implement ans maintain SPC, conduct cost analysis to optimaze expenditures. Assist in the training of new engineers. Document processes according to Quality System requirements utilizing Agile, QAD and Pilgrim software system.

Participate and lead committees related to continuous improvement, CAPA, and Qua lity System. Special Assembler, Engineering Technician, Process Development 1995 - 2001 Special assembler to manufactures a broad range of clinically advanced, disposab le catheters and related products for critical and cardiac care. The company's p roducts are used primarily by anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, surg eons, emergency and trauma physicians, cardiologists, interventional radiologist s and other healthcare providers. Sipad-Cincar Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1985 - 1993 Director of Manufacturing Managed and organize multiple facility with over 500 people broken into five dif ferent plant, producing over 200.000 cubic feet of wood per year, and used as a row material for further assemblies and crafting operations to make semi-finishe d and finished products used in commercial sector. (Windows, doors, furniture et c,) Planning and budgeting AOP close to $ 20 million. Aligning people with different set of skills, motivating and inspiring in a vari ety of ways by involving people in deciding how to achieve the shared vision, su pporting employee's efforts to realize the vision by providing coaching, feedbac k, and role modeling. Recognize and reword success. Reported directly to Minister of Industry. 1984 Recognized for excellence in University studies, sent abroad to Cze choslovakia as part of a European student exchange program in Industry, studied and worked in University of Bratislava. EDUCATION 1985 University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina B.S. in Industrial Engineering CERTIFICATIONS 2003 Villanova University, PA Six Sigma-Green Belt 2004 Mt. Holly, NJ Internal Auditor of Quality System 2005 Kepner-Tregoe, Princeton, NJ Problem Solving and Decision Making Workshop 2005 Reading, PA Leadership Development Program 2006 SAI-Global Company Boston, MA QSR-Quality System Regulation 2006 Cadence Reading, PA Cadence Project Management 2007 NJMEP Mt. Laurel, NJ Lean Manufacturing 2007 Reading College Reading, PA MS Project I and II 2008 Internal Auditor, Mt. Holly, NJ 2009 How to Be an Outstanding Communicator, Padgett-ThompsonadgetthompsonPadgett-Thompson 2010 Supervisory/Manager Skills Training, JVC 2011 Bad Communication, Fred Pryor 2011 Systematic Approach for Problem Solving and Decision Making in Quality System