Commodity Buyer / Cost Estimator

Name : Ramesh Patel
Industry Type : Engineers
City & State : Canton,MI
Job Title Commodity Buyer / Cost Estimator
Relocation Preferences : Yes
Objective : A challenging and responsible position for a Sr. Mechanical Engineer in project, program management, cost estimating, product design, development, procurement, tooling environment of a well established and a growth oriented manufacturing company with opportunities for advancement.
Resume :  
Ramesh Patel
44578 Fair Oaks,
Canton, MI. 48187
(734) 981 - 8268
E-mail: ram384p[at]yahoo.com
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OBJECTIVE: To obtain challenging and responsible position of Sr. Mechanical Engineer in a manufacturing company with
opportunities for advancement.
EXPERIENCE:
DEC.07 Nov.08: Magna Steyr N. A. (Procurement & Supply Group GAZ Siber JR41 Program, Russia) Troy, MI.:
COMMODITY BUYER:
-Interview and work closely with vendors to develop and obtain desired products.
-Prepare Request for Quotation (RFQ) packages with input from engineering, SQA and manufacturing.
-Maintain and review records of parts purchased, costs, delivery, product performance and inventories.
-Negotiate supplier price reduction as become necessary and in accordance with customer cost reduction.
-Evaluate & monitor contract performance to ensure compliance w/obligations and control need for change.
-Monitor shipments to ensure goods come in time, trace and follow-up on undelivered goods.
-Identify concerns and initiate preventive/improvement actions relating to product, process, and quality system.
-Comply with requirements of the Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance with QS system.
ACHIEVEMENTS: -Proposed cost saving of $2.1M in resourcing of Fasteners commodity parts for GAZ Siber JR41 program.
-Negotiated 100k total price increase compensated with 600k cost saving thru resourcing new Siber JR41 parts.

JUN.05 AUG.07: EBERSPAECHER NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Cost Estimating / Advanced Planning Group); Novi, MI.:
COST ESTIMATING ENGINEER:
-Provided executive information to be used to forecast project costs for new GM, CAMI, Chrysler, Mercedes,
Hyundai, Volvo, John Deer, Detroit Diesel programs on exhaust system assembly.
-Gathered details on bill of materials and compiled data to estimate piece cost and tooling cost for automotive
exhaust system assembly including involved stamping, tube, machined, rubber, plastic, fastener items.
-Supported purchasing verifying supplier quotations, providing cost breakdown helpful in price negotiation.
-Helped to determine the best and most economical method, process, material, or the necessary resources for
manufacturing of products based on cost estimates and budgetary constraint providing details including
process layout which may later become basis for requirement of facilities, equipment, machine, manpower,
material and specifications in production of the proposed product in time and quantity.
-Proposed cost saving ideas thru changing methods, processes, or the application of value analysis techniques.
-Analyzed ECNs: collect data, check feasibility, estimate cost impact and recommend best available option.
-Predicted cost impact of volume changes on future by the capital investment (equipment, tooling, logistic).
-Exhibited leadership (integrity, drive, courage and initiative) in personal and professional experiences.
-Helped in evaluating concept design proposals and manufacturing processes.
ACHIEVEMENTS: -CAMI GMT 191/2/3: i) Predicted cost impact of shortening program life 5 to 3 years ($5M), ii) Presented
logistics cost study for quoted FOB point (2.17M), iii) Addressed process scrap recovery value in muffler
shells/baffles ($75K), iv) Proposed cost saving in brokerage fee: MI, to Ontario, Canada - $100 to $20/Trip
(40K), v) Addressed cost impact on ECNs (Hanger asy. -122.5k & Muffler asy. -1.89M), vi) Proposed cost
saving in shipping cost: $1.85 to $1.60 per mile -TransFreight ($197.3K)
-GMX 020/023: Cost impact -ECN of Inlet Cones/Insul. Asy. :Machining, dunnage & shipping ($1.28 / piece)
-GMX 322: Predicted cost impact of Shortening of program Life 5 to 3 Yrs. ($3M)
-DCX LX Rear Muffler Asy : Proposed cost saving in Muffler Assembly internals ($1.75M)
-DCX 5.7L/6.1L V8 CE Asy.: Addressed cost involved in No Cost ECN on Metex Vs Oiless Asy. ($55.7K)
-Mercedes M-Class businesses: Presented Make Vs Buy study for all the pipes for cost saving ($1.63M)

APR.01 - OCT.04: BAYLOFF DIE & MACHINE CO; (Engineering Dept.); Van Buren Twp; MI.:
PROGRAM MANAGER / COST ESTIMATING ENGINEER:
-Applied QS-9000 procedure to new estimation projects: customer quotes log, feasibility study, process
layout, cost estimation, quotation submission and contract review.
-Provided engineering support to customer on design for manufacturability (DFM), process development and
product cost estimation.
-Developed product costs, tooling estimates and quotes for new prototype/production stampings/assemblies
and engineering changes on current products for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, and Mercedes.
-Managed a team involved in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities for 2005 Camry and
2006 Avalon, Toyota program launches. Key activities were: plan and monitor Tool and Gage design,
build, Customer update on Project Time line, Process development, Flow chart, origination of Process
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control plan, Gage certification, Tryout material, Tool
Tryout / Buy-off, Dimensional Part Layout, Cost improvement, Troubleshooting and complete Production
Part Approval Process (PPAP) submission.
-Interfaced customers, vendors and plant personnel to achieve project objectives.
-Coordinated engineering, tooling and quality control departments for design, tools and checking gauges.
ACHIEVEMENTS:-Improved accuracy and reduced time to quote leading to better prioritization of quoting process.
-Improvements in quoting process improved customer rating to 100% and led to new business awards.
-Developed creative solution using Make-Buy analysis to win major new program awards from Toyota
leading to generate $54K revenue in prototypes business and $1.68M overall increase in annual revenue.

NOV.98 - JUN.00: METALFORMING TECHNOLOGIES, INC; (Engineering Dept.); Plymouth, MI.:
PROJECT / ESTIMATING / CAD DESIGN ENGINEER:
-Managed Ford 5R44N, 5R55N, 5R70W, 4R100 and 4R110 Transmission product programs and Daimler
Chrysler CR / JR 2001 Fuse link / eyelet terminal programs for Minivan, Citrus, Cirrus carlines, from
initial new product development to complete launch as well as engineering changes on current products.
-Provided key project support from cost estimation to product launch including design for manufacturability
(DFM) and process development.
-Led project team in coordinating and completing all activities of APQP phases.
-Tracked open issues list, reviewed in project meeting and assisted team with updates on a weekly basis.
-Interfaced with customers, vendors and other plant personnel to achieve project objectives.
-Cost estimating of new product costs, tooling estimates and quotes for prototype / production stampings /
assemblies and engineering changes on current products.
-Coordinated engineering, tooling and quality control departments for design, tools and checking gauges.
-2D/3D design of stampings and assemblies on AUTOCAD.
ACHIEVEMENTS:-Coordinated and implemented Total Cost Management (TCM) program leading to 10% reduction in
product cost through design & process improvement of high volume Ford Transmission product program.
-Improved strip layout and die design leading to $100K reduction in material cost (Copper alloy).
-Reduced material cost through recommendation of an alternate less expensive Copper alloy.

APR.98 - NOV.98: ADVANCE STAMPING COMPANY, (Engineering Dept.); Redford, MI.:
ENGINEERING COORDINATOR:
-Applied Advanced Quality Planning (AQP) to all new programs per QS-9000 procedure.
-Oversee functions, educate, coach and develop associates.
-Coordinated engineering change, prototype, new tool and gauge design, build and track to project schedule.
-Supported sales with cost estimates and quotations for new product programs and engineering changes.
-Worked with production/tool room on process/tool improvements, cost reductions etc.
-Coordinated engineering department activities, maintain Gantt charts to schedule.
ACHIEVEMENTS:-Coordinated and implemented process improvements and cost reductions with production and tool room.
-Increased revenue by $12M through detailed and concise estimates and quotes for outsourced business.
-Major contribution in trouble shooting during deep draw prototype development thru successful idea.

AUG.'97 - APR.98: UNITED METAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION, (Engineering Dept.); Detroit, MI.:
ENGINEER / COST ESTIMATOR:
-Managed Ford, GM and Chrysler programs from initial product development stages through manufacturing
cycle to the complete product delivery with extensive customer interface.
-Responsible for product cost estimation and quoting, prototype development, APQP, FMEA, tool and
gage design, build and tracking, trouble shooting through the complete program launch.
-2D/3D design/detailing of stampings/assemblies, checking gauges, welding fixtures and strip layout.
-Major contribution in Management Team Meeting (MTM), APQP, FMEA, teams as a team member. ACHIEVEMENTS:-Recommended state of the art OMCG Automatic Bending Machine for stampings leading to 100%
increase in productivity and significant reduction in material cost.

OCT.94 - MAR.97: GARRETT TOOLS AND ENGINEERING, INC; Engineering dept. Livonia, MI.:
ENGINEERING SPECIALIST / CAD DESIGNER:
-Designed and detailed stampings, assemblies, checking gages and welding fixtures.
-Contributed extensively in originating process FMEAs as a member of APQP/FMEA teams.
-Worked proficiently with 2D/3D models/wire frames, strip layout on AUTOCAD, Personal Designer
(PD) exchanged CAD data with customers, tool and die manufacturers.

MAR.93 - SEP.94: DESIGN SYSTEMS INC. (Mechanical Engineering) Farmington Hills, MI:
CAD DESIGNER/DETAILER:

MAY '77 - MAY '92: Worked in India with variety of manufacturing industries such as Automotive OEM (Scooter -2 wheeler
automotive), Industrial Valves and Pipe Fittings, Steel Fabrication and Cast Iron Foundry holding the
position of Trainee engineer in the beginning leading to the position of Supervisor and Manager.
ACHIEVEMENTS:-Created business devoted to automobile, air compressor, and textile industries as an entrepreneur.
-Improved productivity and quality through development of jigs/fixtures and proper tool selection.
-Reduced cost through value analysis, material selection, strip layout alteration, scrap utilization and
vendor development.
-Maximized productivity by implementing improved strip layout.

EDUCATION:
1979 - 1983 * BACHELOR DEGREE in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, INDIA.

1974 - 1977 * ASSOCIATE DEGREE in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Technical Examination Board, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, INDIA.

AFFILIATIONS: * Senior member of "SOCIETY OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS", U.S.A.
* Member of "SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS", U.S.A.
* Associate member of "INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS (INDIA)", INDIA.

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