Scott T Swenson  Oakland, NE 68045 ? (402) 685-5456 ? Professional Summary Quality-focused Manufacturing Manager with 28 years of experience. Well-versed in innovative systems, hiring and training fantastic employees to ensure efficient work. Focused on monitoring safety and quality closely with distinguished understanding of SAP, SIS and AWDS use. Smoothly direct employees carrying out multiple operations to achieve demanding production goals, schedules and budget targets. Driven leader with excellent analytical, decision-making and project management abilities. Maintain employee focus and achieve quality targets with hands-on supervision. Adaptable Manager, practiced at adjusting to changing business needs by evaluating orders and updating procedures to meet new targets. Results-driven and forward-thinking in checking forecasts and orders for new directives. Excellent administrative, supply management and resource utilization abilities. Organized with 20 years of experience leading production staff in animal nutrition manufacturing. Gifted at planning production resources, improving quality and directing spending. Clear and cheerful leader known for working well with various employees and business contacts. Skills Strong and passionate Leadership SkillsMotivator- Enjoy working with teams and properly motivate them to reach goals and personal developmentPassion to learn more- Worked my way up in business by taking hold of every position and learning operations of business and all manufacturing lines. Hands on approachSafety- Strong belief in Individual Safety and Food Safety. Developed 0 Harm culture that covers human and food safetyQuality- Very well versed with and developing Quality programs, Standard Operating Procedures, Visual ProceduresBusiness Strategy- Can and have developed strategies to reduce quality issues, customer complaints, unnecessary overtimeTeam Leader- Believe in individual ownership and transparency and have built strong and engaged teamsMultiple areas of experience and expertise- Transportation, CDL, Food Safety, Personal Safety, SAP, MRP, Scanner interface, Animal Nutrition, Leadership, Green Belt in Lean, P&L reports, daily business managementAbility to operate Plant equipment- Pellet Mill, Mixing, Premier Tech Package Lines, Automated Dosing System, Bulk truck load out and receiving,Training- Strong belief that new team members only succeed and grow with us if they have proper training on their position. I can and have created training program for each manufacturing position and developed training matrix with knowledge number system. Developed cross training matrix to further develop and engage entire team Work History Assistant Plant Manager, 04/2016 to 10/2019 Cargill Animal Nutrition – Fremont, NEPrepared and maintained production reports and personnel recordsSurpassed company objectives by cooperating with staff and team members to share and actualize processes to accomplish established goalsImplemented knowledge to provide product quality assurance and executed inventory maintenance, optimizing work timeCollaborated with technical and administrative teams to develop and implement successful corrective plansManaged personnel by implementing company policies, procedures, work rules and disciplinary actionCoordinated company projects and programs that supported manufacturing functionRecognized low-cost suppliers and managed deliveries to cut downtime and save costsOversaw hiring processes for over 30 permanent and temporary seasonal staffAssessed quality control report data from SAP and QA reports to monitor and detect issues with quality of final productsPlanned operations to meet established schedules, factoring in order demands and business forecastsUtilized proven problem-solving techniques to improve customer satisfaction and vendor relationsEvaluated production levels, quality standards and maintenance actions to identify and address operational problems and maintain targetsAnticipated and addressed production problems, material shortages, equipment malfunctions and unavoidable delaysAnalyzed and determined resolutions to multi-faceted issues that affected management and business objectivesApplied lean principles to improve workflow and quality and reduce waste. Received Green Belt in LeanOversaw daily operations of 70,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plantCreated new training program with focus on staff safety, food safety and production quality to achieve reduced labor costs and tighter control pointsIdentified and implemented viable strategies for continuous improvementOrganized and guided operations of production, processing and machinery according to business procedures and protocolsCondensed two manufacturing shifts to one to streamline operationsProvided direction and leadership to all levels of employees and managersPlant Manager, 11/2006 to 04/2016 Cargill Animal Nutrition – Fremont, NebraskaDirected employees and related programs to maximize team productivity and facility output•Maximized plant safety through proactive strategies and well-structured training•Tracked data about all aspects of production to assess areas in need of improvement•Optimized processes to maximize efficiency•Implemented Just-In-Time methodology to help reduce WIP and waste•Made strategic decisions and developed key plans that affected direction of business•Monitored and supported progress of plant production orders by managing production capacity and S&R functions at 2 facilities•Reduced costs by eliminating materials waste and unnecessary labor hours•Developed effective business plans to align strategic decisions with long-term objectives•Streamlined plant operations through VOP’s and SOP’s, realizing significant improvements in manufacturing functions•Managed budget implementations, employee reviews, training, schedules and supplier contracts•Assessed financial statements and production reports to evaluate plant performance, develop targeted improvements and implement changes resulting in increased production output and reduced overtime•Supported regulatory compliance by overseeing all audits to verify protocol adherence•Maintained organized, safe and clean production facility to keep productivity high and maximize customer satisfaction•Worked directly with management, OSHA, and NE Labor department to brainstorm, discuss strategy and mitigate Safety issues•Directed work of production, maintenance and shipping teams to deliver exceptional customer experiences•Implemented operational strategies and effectively built customer and employee loyalty through engagement plans and customer appreciation events•Trained, coached and mentor’s staff to ensure smooth adoption of new Cargill business purchase•Maximized efficiency by coaching and mentoring 75 personnel on Cargill Guiding principles, industry practices, company procedures and AWDS system•Organized budgets, oversaw P&Ls and achieved margin targets consistently to stay on track with growth plans•Established and administered annual budget with effective controls to prevent overages, minimize shrink rate and support sustainability objectivesTransportation Supervisor, 05/2002 to 04/2006 NANCO (Cargill) – Fremont, NebraskaAttained compliance with DOT regulations by maintaining driver qualifications files. permits and equipment filesExecuted safety and awards programs to bolster safety and create working environment maximizing employee involvement, morale and engagementEstablished long-term customer relationships through prompt and courteous serviceReported carrier-performance metrics and monthly costs reports to executive teamReduced operating budget by 50K by implementing backhaul procedures and developing new vendor relationshipsImplemented Truck sanitation program to improve secure delivery to customer farm locations to avoid spread of livestock diseases that can be carried from farm to farmCommunicated all emergencies, delays due to weather and carrier schedule changes to customers and supervisorsAllocated equipment to meet transportation and operations financial goalsManaged driver safety awards program, promoting safe driving and working safe initiativeManaged all aspects of daily delivery, including routing, driver supervision and DOT complianceClosely monitored operations and performed regular safety audits to ensure staff adhered to administrative policies and compliance regulationsPlanned and established transportation routes, work schedules and assignmentsDemonstrated tasks to new hires and assigned to experienced workers for further trainingEnsured that drivers completed required safety training and attended quarterly driver safety meetingsMonitored safe operations by conducting field safety auditsApplied interpersonal and customer service skills in serving as point of contact for customers and staff on subjects such as delivery time frame, order placement and product qualityScheduled repair and preventive maintenance of vehicles and other equipmentIdentified and implemented supply chain improvement opportunities such as lowered empty miles with backhaul opportunities and utilizing internal customers for ingredient needsMonitored and maintained high level of on-time delivery reliability service and performanceTransportation Coordinator, 02/1999 to 04/2002 NANCO (Cargill) – Fremont, NebraskaAssisted Transportation Supervisor with routing and managing 13 company truck drivers and 15 common carriersReported maintenance and repair needs for transportation vehicles and equipmentProvided fleet management for preventive and scheduled maintenanceMinimized empty miles and maximized driver service hours by implementing back-haul solutionsCoordinated driver loads and managed dispatch tasksDrafted and distributed monthly P&L statementsKept drivers operating within federal and state DOT regulationsCoordinated product shipments from point of origin to destinationMaintained cleanliness of vehicle interior and exterior and scheduled routine maintenanceMonitored driver operation and ensured adherence to federal and state DOT regulationsCoordinated operations of licensed drivers and trucks with focus on ensuring quality and timely delivery of productsAssign and dispatch drivers on loadsVerified that drivers had completed safety prerequisites and required trainingCommunicated delays and early arrivals to managementPlanned travel routes in accordance with applicable traffic and bulk cargo transportation laws, regulations, standards and guidelinesFormulated shipping documents for material transported via private fleetResearched and recommended cost-effective transportation methods and conducted regular safety audits on equipmentRoute Delivery Driver, 04/1992 to 02/1999 NTS (Nanco) (Cargill) – Fremont, NebraskaDelivered company manufactured feed to farms and feed stores in 13 state areaDetermined best routes for driving to customer sites, accounting for such factors as weather and road constructionManaged product transitions from warehouse to customer site, loading and unloading of bulk and bagged materialClass A CDL with combination and tanker certificationPulled multiple types of equipment, Van Trailer, bulk bag combo trailers, Auger trailers etc.Insured each customer received correct product based of orderDelivered multiple orders per load, on average 10 to 12 stops. All bagged product loaded on small plastic skids and unloaded by handOrganized products properly at customer sites and according to company specifications and policiesRepresented wide range of products, including Bulk, bagged, and liquid productUsed excellent listening and problem-solving skills to work with customers and quickly resolve concernsHandled customer concerns and issues effectively by communicating to manufacturing, logistics and sales teamsMaintained positive relationships with customers through timely communication and product knowledgeCommunicated regularly with Transportation Supervisor for delivery route details and changesTruck Driver, 06/1985 to 04/1992 Steffensmeier Trucking – West Point, NebraskaOperated truck and trailer deliveries across 38 statesVarious shipment types, dry goods, refrigerated, hopper bottoms, tanker, flatbedEnsured timely delivery by conducting pre-inspections and ensuring truck was maintained for reliable, safe operationObtained receipts or signatures for delivered goods, collecting payment for services when requiredSustained safety protocol, ensuring proper, cost-effective and safe handling of equipment and material usageMaintained neat and professional appearance to promote positive company presenceManaged accurate recordkeeping by distributing invoices, collecting payments and updating logsSubmitted daily mileage log with trip sheet, fuel, maintenance and delivery documentationInspected trucks and trailers before and after trips and completed basic maintenance for optimal performanceCommunicated effectively with dispatchers to provide updated information on road conditions and potential hazardsRecorded expenses and maintained receiptsSupported management by reporting truck abnormalities for corrective actionMaintained telephone and radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructionsDemonstrated safe driving by observing all road rules, exercising caution in unfamiliar areas and maintaining vehicle controlSwine Barn, 06/1982 to 05/1985 Burt County Swine – Oakland, NebraskaWorked after School and weekends at local Hog ConfinementLawn Service, 05/1978 to 09/1985 High School Business – Oakland, NebraskaCreated own lawn business during Jr. HS through Sr. High.Developed to start building up income to purchase my first car and help maintain it upkeep etc.Provided great service to 38 local customersTimely lawn care provided weeklyThis helped me learn early on importance of keeping customers happy, managing small business adventure and understanding good work principles Education Trainer Certification: Behavior Based Safety, 10/2017 Electrolab Training Systems – Canada Certified Trainer of Behavior Based Safety Program-Safe StartCertified Trainer of Safe Track- Behavior Based field observations30 Hour OSHA Construction Safety Training: 30 Hour Construction Safety, 04/2011 Cargill Learning and Development – Guyman Oklahoma Received training and certification in OSHA 30 Construction SafetyTraining covered several OSHA required programs that help keep our company and teams properly follow OSHA requirements and develop proper programs to keep employees safe while performing work.Topics trained;Crane SafetyRigging EquipmentWeldingHealth and Environmental ControlExcavation SafetyWarning Signs-Traffic SafetyFall Protection and Steel ErectionLadders and StairwaysScaffoldsConcreteElectricalFire Protection and PreventionDemolitionPortable Hand ToolsPersonal Protective EquipmentGreen Belt in Lean: Green Belt in Lean Certification, 11/2011 Ghent University – Ghent Belgium Organization Leader Certification: Organizational Leadership Dale Carnegie Training of Greater Cincinnati – Dublin, OHProfessional development completed in Leadership and Business ManagementThis course developed and designed by Dale Carnegie of Ohio along with Sr. Management of North American Nutrition2 year class covering leadership, business management, engagement, lean strategies, Profit and Loss, building internal and external relationshipsAwarded one of the Top performers of the class of 50 organization leaders throughout the world that participatedHACCP Certification: HACCP- Food Safety Kansas State University – Manhattan, Kansas Received Certification in developing and review of HACCP Plans Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points This certification gave me the opportunity to review our current food safety program and processes, develop and identify critical control points in order to preserve the safety of our products and processes. Leadership for Managers Course: Leadership Training For Managers Dale Carnegie and Associates – Sioux Falls, SD Completed 1 year course in Leadership for Managers.High School Diploma Oakland-Craig High School – Oakland, NE I enjoy spending quality time with family and they are the core to my success. Avid fisherman, appreciate fishing with my brother and grandkids as well as a nice day duck or pheasant hunting. Golf is one of my favorite sports, and look forward to a relaxing round at the end of the day. Other relaxing hobbies include woodworking, coin collecting and sport memorabilia. I also love to volunteer, especially outdoor family bonding type opportunities.