WD Europe Technical & Operations Manager @ WorldWide Dispensers / a part of DS Smith Plastics.
Managing Director @ Nagle Tooling Ltd
GLOBAL TOOLING MANAGER @ Federal Mogul
A very experienced General Manager / Operations Technical Director with a strong background in international businesses; engaging with and leading management teams; reviewing business to develop and implement both strategic and operational change as part of a turnaround or performance improvement programme; a focused high achiever who operates in a hands-on, no nonsense management style with a
A very experienced General Manager / Operations Technical Director with a strong background in international businesses; engaging with and leading management teams; reviewing business to develop and implement both strategic and operational change as part of a turnaround or performance improvement programme; a focused high achiever who operates in a hands-on, no nonsense management style with a proven track record of success within the plastics industry. Vast working knowledge of the automotive, packaging, FMCG and telecoms sectors. Business rationalization and turnaround skills. Experience of change management, sales strategy, general facility and multi-site management, able to deliver multi-million pound projects within a short time frame by sourcing internationally from low cost regions.
Interim Manager @ Novus Interim Ltd services include: Manufacturing Operational management - Technical management - Change management - Developing Lean initiatives - Rationalising Manufacturing sites - NPD implimentation - Site closure and relocation - CIP services - Site appraisals. From January 2014 to Present (2 years) London, United KingdomWD Europe Technical & Operations Manager @ Responsible for WD Merton (UK) and WD Nitra (Slovakia) in addition to technical management of LP&D Europe.
Implement change management practices – introduced TOC the theory of constraint’s to both sites.
Rationalise the manufacturing facilities in WD Merton and WD Nitra, implement best practice procedures and achieve better utilization of manpower and installing robotics and automation.
Reduced the operating footprint by 1/3 and reduced headcount by 20% while at the same time increasing the monthly output of finished product / sales by 28%.
Improved quality by 100% with the DPPM metric (defective parts per million) falling from 1663 in 2011/12 to 826 in 2012/13.
Moving the results from a £700k loss in 2011/12 to a £600k profit in 2012/13.
Develop new product ranges and implement industrialization of the said products on time and within the budget.
Developed new low cost sourcing for machines and sophisticated tooling from the Far East. From June 2011 to December 2013 (2 years 7 months) GENERAL MANAGER @ Responsible for Nypro plant of 800 employees specialising in precision plastics manufacturing for telecommunications, electronics and healthcare plus packaging sectors.
Transformed monthly losses of over US$2m into profit within 5 months.
Implemented and successfully operated the purchasing strategies ensuring cost savings and financially astute management.
Attained max performance in manpower utilisation, maintaining quality levels and adherence to production schedules.
Developed and introduced practises and procedures to ensure high- level performance efficiency within all process areas.
Successfully devised and implemented control systems to ensure ISO accreditation. From January 2007 to April 2011 (4 years 4 months) GLOBAL TOOLING MANAGER @ Responsible for P&L international business management and business development within Federal Mogul, including plant management, tooling design & business improvement, procurement, based Wiesbaden, Germany
Appointed on a contract basis to lead troubleshooting & business turnaround of FD tooling operations
Focused on reviewing long-term business expansion plans & opportunities for technology investment
Negotiated assignment / contract terms-of-reference with strategic-level business management teams
Project planning, analysis, development, implementation & resource deployment management activities From 2006 to 2007 (1 year) INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR @ GIS, Mexico 2004 to 2006
Responsible for P&L business management, leading transformation of the entire business unit into profit
Appointed on an interim basis to reverse business losses and secure long-term viability for the business
Focused on cost reduction, revenue growth, market expansion and introduction of new financial controls
Conducted in-depth business analysis, reviewing operations, sales, production & business development
Transformed loss of US$3m+ in FY2004 into sales of $20m+ by FY2006, with 25%+ EBIT achievement From 2004 to 2006 (2 years) PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER @ Responsible for multi-site P&L business management, controlling 2 major plants based in Co.Durham
Appointed to manage high-quality injection mould manufacturing facilities, improving overall profitability
Focused on introduction of new technology, enhancement management controls and growth strategies
Reported directly to strategic-level business management, advising on tooling and injection moulding
Monitored operational performance, business revenues, operating costs, budget controls & profitability
Recruitment, appraisal, training, development and coaching of key business support staff and personnel From 2002 to 2004 (2 years) MANAGING DIRECTOR @ Responsible for P&L control of a Latvia-based factory with 500+ staff, leading growth to US$11m+ in 3 yrs
Appointed to support transformation of ACOT into a world-class injection moulding and tooling business
Focused on leading business development management, sales growth & introduction of new technology
Joined ACMA Technologies PTE Ltd (parent group), a multi-industry conglomerate of 50+ companies
Additional management responsibility for ACOT Maribor and ACOT Mexico with total workforce of 2000
Led development of sales strategies, revenue growth plans and profit transformation strategies for ACOT
Transformed performance of ACOT Mexico, increasing business revenues from US$2.2m to $6.8m in 3yrs From January 1997 to January 2002 (5 years 1 month) MANAGING DIRECTOR @ Responsible for establishing a major mould making facility as part of a total investment of US$12m+
Appointed to full P&L management of the facility, developing turnover from zero to over US$8m+
Focused on business set-up, management & development, including international market growth
Leadership, management & motivation of a multi-functional team of 100+ support & production staff
Monitored operational performance, business revenues, sales channels, budgetary controls & profit
Led production of a wide portfolio of products from plastic enclosures through to garden furniture From January 1994 to January 1997 (3 years 1 month) DIRECTOR @ Responsible for general business management & development of a producer of mould tool products
Appointed to key role within a specialist in taking products from product design through to production
Focused on promoting the extensive use of IT-based technologies, including CAD/CAM technologies
Project planning, analysis, development, implementation & resource deployment management activities
Successfully achieved increased business revenues, identifying new opportunities for sales expansion
Early Career Includes From January 1992 to January 1994 (2 years 1 month) Managing Director @ From 1984 to 1992 (8 years) Toolroom Manager @ From 1979 to 1984 (5 years)
Marlow Secondary School From 1962 to 1967 Tony Thorne is skilled in: Budgets, P&L Management, Business Transformation Programmes, Business Turn-arounds, Strategic Sourcing, Operational Streamlining, Introducing New Products, Multiple Sites, ISO, Purchasing, Injection Molding, Procurement, Continuous Improvement, Product Development, Lean Manufacturing
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