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Product Financial Manager

Grand Haven, MI

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Product Financial Manager

Johnson Controls Inc, Holland, MI

Jul 2011Oct 2012

Detailed cost build-up of intricate B.O.M's for door panels and floor councels as well as the financial analysis of all these Rfqs. Plant yearly budget and rate analysis for accuracy and updates. 
o Hand wrapping expert contact point/expert 
o Initiated coverstock database for all current and possible suppliers via marget research and supplier meetings. 
o Initiated database, communication and implimentation of VA/VE ideas from current product to estimating. 
o Cultivated communication between all areas of estimating for initial receipt of RFQ to production 
o Identified and corrected offersites in base make vs. buy model.

Cost Estimator

Benteler, Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 2011Jun 2011

Obtain all necessary information from sales/engineering department needed to develop accurate cost estimates and processes. Process and monitor progress of RFQs from the sales or engineering departments. Track and maintain RFQ log for internal due dates, while targeting an on-going 95% on-time status. New Quotations - consult with product/plant engineering department to develop and identify the proper equipment and processes for each project. Review how to manufacture the product, types of stamping tooling, gauging and special operations. Evaluate Engineering Change Requests and other requests for new programs to identify affected areas and prepare information for purchasing to obtain supplier quotes. Develop costs (piece and tooling) for prototype products. Issue Purchasing Quotation Requests to purchasing department to obtain competitive quotes when necessary (for new quotes/engineering changes/prototype quotes). 
Principal Consultant

Website development, design and support

Global Cost Consultants, Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 2009 2011

Kalamazoo, MI
  • Complete ground-up root cause analysis and streamlining of cost accounting and estimating systems from existing products to future products. Cost optimization strategy analysis supported with projected P&L's. Customized financial analysis, modeling and business case recommendations from manufacturing locations to product line strategy. Website development, design and support. New procedures, training and implementation company-wide.

Financial Manager

Global Cost Consultants, Bingham Farms, MI

Feb 2010May 2010

Prepare financial analysis to insure customer pricing proposals balance the market with the financial needs of the company. Analyze key business metrics (revenue, cost, customer margins) and recommend opportunities for improvement. Prepare ad hoc analysis to improve business results where opportunities have been identified. Prepare cost, margin, manufacturing and other monthly variance analyses. Prepare and analyze monthly financial statements. Development and support the manufacturing planning and corporate annual budgeting process.

Cost & Pricing Manager

Federal-Mogul Corp, Southfield, MI

Sep 2006Feb 2009

Financial authority when reviewing requests for quotation and responsible for overall business activities associated with group. Consults with sales, applications, pricing, marketing, and administration group to develop a consistent strategy for the future. Consults and advises Plants and advanced manufacturing to optimize manufacturing process and manufacturing location to minimize part cost for a quote. Cost, financial, price analysis as well as maximizing profits with breakdown cost detail. Liaison with Plant Controllers and corporate staff, yearly budget analysis, month end review and appropriation requests

System Administrator & Business Unit Financial Manager

FMO, Madison Heights, MI

Aug 2004Sep 2006

  • Estimating System Administrator including maintenance, quote template building, training, improvement, policies and procedures. Involved with establishing plants budget rates for labor, overhead and materials. Manage and coordinate projects for all Financial Managers. Financial model improvement and maintenance. Financial concept training for non-finance team members. Direct report to the VP of Marketing/Sales & the VP of Finance. Plant controller liaison to VP of Finance with back-up responsibilities with regards to budgeting/ month end close.
o Promoted to FMO leader 3 months after hire.
o Identified gap in communication of eng. changes to plants and established change release procedure.
o Analyzed and mapped flow of costs to financial model to customer breakdowns resulting in increased profits and consistency.
o Business Unit Financial Manager Responsibilities:
  • Cost estimating, pricing & investment analysis and financial modeling including make vs. buy decisions. Cost reduction program team leader for cross functional group to reduce cost and increase profit for pre and post launched programs. Establishment of project cost budgets, capital expenditure requests, and tracking of spending and variance analysis. Monthly and annual forecasts, program financial status reports. Price development, customer cost breakdowns and price negotiation for new and existing business.
o Restructured customer breakdowns maximizing and increasing profit and establishing consistency.
o Populated and negotiated FORD Cost Model, resulting in an average 20- 30% increase in VCM%.

Program Manager of Cost Estimating

American Axle & Manufacturing, Detroit, MI

Oct 2003Aug 2004

Detroit, MI
  • Management of all aspects and activities of released programs through launch phase to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Facilitation cross-functional teams, responsible for costs, timing, critical issue resolution and establishing project priorities. Support of customer APQP requirements, launch teams, manufacturing process, estimating, quoting, and supplier development.

Program Manager of Cost Estimating
August, 2000-October, 2003 American Axle & Manufacturing Troy, MI
  • Management of internal cost estimating process, financial analysis, cost/budget tracking and manufacturing plan determination for domestic and international RFQ cost studies from estimate to start of production including quotation development and target development. Monthly program review reporting of current financial program status, Make vs. Buy and commodity development studies.
o Development and implementation of program cost book tracking and financial analysis from estimate to actual.
o Responsible for identifying and costing of cost reduction initiatives.
o Responsible for cost estimating system implementation and training of international associates in Brazil and Mexico facilities.
Financial Analyst - Cost Estimating

Program Manager of Released Programs

American Axle & Manufacturing,

Jan 1997Aug 2004

American Axle & Manufacturing, Rochester Hills, MI

Aug 1999Aug 2000

  • Financial analysis of RFQ's to determine net income, IRR and payback for sales quotations. Analysis and resolution of plant cost estimates for accuracy/completeness. Monthly statistical reporting.
o Identified need and assumed responsibility for ground-up costing of new business requiring new plants/additions including the development of indirect, direct and salaried heads, material, burden and bill of materials.
o Initiated and completed successful VA/VE integration into cost estimating system company- wide.
o Developed and implemented program cost tracking procedures for RFQ's company-wide.

Purchased Part Cost Estimator/Coordinator

American Axle & Manufacturing, Rochester Hills, MI

Nov 1998Aug 1999

Estimating of purchased components including the analysis of blueprints for material, tooling and price impact. Program management for direct purchasing including interface with OEM purchasing agents for firm material costs. 
o Improved turnaround time to between 1 and 2 days for purchasing within 1 month. 
o Facilitated departmental communication among plants, purchasing and engineering departments.

Plant Cost Estimator

American Axle & Manufacturing, Three Rivers, MI

Aug 1997Nov 1998

Driveshaft cost estimating from the aspect of a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Cost build-up of material, labor, investment and burden at a departmental, sub-component and final assembly level. Analysis of bills of material and blueprints for plant impact. 
o Streamlined plant cost estimating processes including an electronic estimating master file for use with databases within product engineering, manufacturing engineering and finance. 
o 100% on time turn-around for all cost estimates within 6 weeks from the plant level.

Plant Cost Estimator

American Axle & Manufacturing, Three Rivers, MI

Jan 1997Aug 1997

Three Rivers, MI
  • Engineering assistance for a research and development product engineering team. Responsibilities included bill of material creation, analysis and maintenance. Implementation and maintenance of program and project tracking.
o Promoted to Plant Cost Estimator within 7 months.


Kalamazoo Valley Community College,


Central Michigan University,


Interlochen Fine Arts Academy,


Additional Information

Driven, proactive, innovative and effective Business Professional with hands-on problem solving skills, management and business operating systems analyst, departmental liaison accustomed to challenging and fast-paced environments. Accomplished and experienced in Financial Planning, Budgeting, Program Management, Cost Estimating & Reduction, Accounting Management, Supply Chain Management processes, estimating and related operating systems for existing, new and future business. Acknowledged for coordinating teams, analyzing root causes and streamlining systems. Excellent applied understanding of the big picture, teamwork, accuracy, business marketing analysis and multi-tasking. First-rate presentation, motivation, training and computer skills including QStrat, SAP, Oracle, Metaphase, ERP, MS Office including Project and Enterprise,V-look-up, Pivot Tables, Crystal, misc. databases and the programming of. VA/VE, Lean Manufacturing, ABC, Value Stream and Standard Costing, ground-up business case costing all cost drivers, modeling, budgetary determination, month end close/analysis, P&L's and reconciling.
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