Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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9+ years of Operations experience in automotive & vehicle Industry. Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Extensive background in procurement, supplier development and product design. Successful record of leading cross-functional team at multiple global sites. Design patent of a deflecting plate for the lift arm of backhoe loader.
  • Strategic sourcing & Vendor development
  • New Product Introduction (NPI) & CPI
  • Contract Negotiation & Incoterms
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO) & Incoterms
  • Six sigma green belt (DMAIC & DMEDI)
  • 8D Analysis, ICA & PCA
  • DFA/ DFM, GD & Tolerances.
  • Value Add/ Value Engineering (VA/VE)
  • Machined components (Steel & Aluminum)
Purchasing Manager - Strategic Sourcing, 07/2014 to Current
Arcosa, Inc.Carson City, NV,
  • Managing supply base in North America, Asia & Brazil accounting to $ 80M+ of annual spend.
  • Contributed towards KPIs (Material cost, contract coverage, payment terms) to achieve business goals.
  • Created and implemented sourcing strategies that led to 18% cost reduction for Brazil supply base.
  • Delivered 40 % reduction in material costs, while maintaining product quality and delivery.
  • Negotiated buying terms and delivered 3% productivity, incoterms (FCA/DDP) and 90-day payment terms.
  • Maintain supply base with supply chain KPI (TS/QS, ISO14001, SEM, KEP6, MMOG).
  • Drive supplier selection from step 3 to step 7, presenting cases to key stakeholders (Vice-presidents & Directors)
  • Accountable for RTS (review of technical specifications) meetings between design engineers and supplier team.
  • Assessed supplier's capability to procure steel (scrap based/ore based), steel bar/billet castings (ingot/CC).
  • Thorough understanding of cost drivers, raw material (steel), value-added, & manufacturing process flow.
  • Understand supply chain, including packaging costs, logistic costs (inland & sea) & total cost of ownership.
  • Mitigated risks by switching suppliers to avoid supply disruptions due to supplier bankruptcy & ramp-up.
  • Drive cross-functional team involving design engineers, project buyers, supplier quality & packaging engineers.
  • Led initiatives to implement vendor management strategies at global locations (North America and Brazil).
  • Provide directions to assistant buyers to send RFI, RFQs, analyze the quotes.
Buyer - Strategic Sourcing, 01/2010 to 01/2011
Koch Industries, Inc.Beatrice, NE,
  • Led and managed outsourcing projects and implemented on time to deliver operational improvements and $ 380,000 annual savings.
  • Developed a methodology to identify cost reduction opportunities using MS access and MS Excel.
  • Presented new business cases to stake holders for approval and implemented supplier switches in 8 months with an annual savings of $ 170,000.
  • Acted as a mediator to resolve conflicts in resource allocation with amicable solutions across functional teams.
  • Volunteered to step in to overcome an impasse involving a $19/lb. brass casting which resulted in a project es- timated to $ 176,000 annual savings by reducing the costs to $ 7/lb.
  • Successful execution of project I led stakeholders sponsor second project with larger scope including 44,000 part numbers to identify potential cost savings.
  • Led a resourcing project of tandem chain manufacturer located in Great Britain to resource to its subsidiary lo- cated in China. Delivered an annual savings of $ 105,000.
  • Led cross-functional team members from purchasing, engineering, quality inspection, logistics, and material planning located in USA, China and Brazil. , TN, India
  • Accountable for Steel forgings & Aluminum Alloy castings commodity annual spend of $ 20M+
  • Led multiple localization projects of 23 imported forging parts in a period of 8 months.
  • Mentored supplier to achieve Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP) certification in less than 6 months.
  • Responsible for PPAP process for development projects with suppliers and meeting delivery on time.
  • Process knowledge of steel forgings, Aluminum alloy castings, heat treatment, tolerances, surface condition, fet- tling & machinability.
  • Knowledge of defects (forgings/castings) & its inspection test knowledge of penetrant test, radiographic test, Ul- trasonic test, sectioning & eddy current testing.
  • Direct assistant buyers to send out RFI, RFQ and analyze quotes. Six-sigma green belt, Continuous product improvement (CPI) 2008 - 2010, NC, USA
  • As a certified green belt, led multiple CPI projects to reduce $150,000 warranty costs.
  • Accountable to charter and lead projects with high CPI scores using rapid and standard process.
  • Led CPI projects to identify root cause analysis and identify solutions for field issues in the machines.
  • Supervised 6 direct reports and managed their performance ratings.
Structures Design Engineer, 01/2006 to 01/2008
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  • TN, India
  • Designed a deflector plate that would deflect debries from operator's cabin was selected to be patented.
  • Studied and developed test methodoloy to simulate stabilizer leg failure mode in a lab and validated life of several concepts.
  • Performed linear tolerance stack-up analysis and coordinated with FEA analysts for new designs.
  • Participated in "On Vehicle Stress Analysis" tests done on pilot builds to validate the design concepts.
  • Led the extensive productivity study ( fuel consumption & performance) on 424B backhoe loaders.
Design Engineer, 01/2004 to 01/2006
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  • TN, India
  • Created 3D models and 2D drawings based on ASME Y14.5 standards for GD&T.
  • Worked on creating drawings for sheet metal and fabricated parts. TOOLS
  • Project Management SWOT, Gnatt charts, SQL, cash flow, dashboards, Gap analysis, MS - Project, OneNote, access, excel (V-lookup, Pivot tables).
  • Engineering New product introduction (NPI), CPI, DFMEA, GD&T, Pro/E.
  • Procurement Kraljic, Should cost modeling, e-sourcing, Ariba, SAP MM certified.
Master of Science: Technology Management, Expected in
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Master of Science in Technology Management GPA 3.68/4.00 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science: Mechanical engineering, Expected in
National Institute of Technology - ,
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical engineering National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
Additional Information
Designed a deflector plate that would deflect debries from operator's cabin was selected to be patented
Analog Silicon, Design Engineer, Engineer, New Product Introduction, Npi, Buying/procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Access, Excel, Inspection, Its, Solutions, Backhoe, Fea, Fuel, Stress Analysis, Tolerance Analysis, Tolerance Stack-up Analysis, Accountable For, Castings, Rfi, Supplier Quality, Cases, Cost Reduction, Purchasing, Buyer, Forging, Ppap, Radiographic, Root Cause Analysis, Six-sigma, Testing, Warranty, Ariba, Body Engineering, Cash, Dfmea, Engineering Design, Gap Analysis, Pivot Tables, Pro/e, Procurement, Project Management, Sap, Sheet Metal, Sql, Business Cases, Casting, Logistics, Ms Access, Ms Excel, Tandem, Accounting, Bankruptcy, Buying, Drivers, Fca, Manufacturing Process, Packaging, Process Flow, Purchasing Manager, Search Engine Marketing, Sem, Supply Chain, Switching, Tco, Technical Specifications, Total Cost Of Ownership, Vendor Management, Arm, Automotive, Contract Negotiation, Dfm, Ica, Independent Component Analysis, Loader, Operations, Patent, Pca, Pfmea, Principal Component Analysis, Product Design, Six Sigma, Supplier Development, Mechanical Engineering, Technology Management

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