Full Resume
Standard formatted resume. Word format
Major Project Summary
Summary information for my major projects. Word format
Management Style
A summary of key management principles I have found to be extremely helpful.
IT Management
Mission, focus and principles I use in managing an IT organization. (pdf format)
Continuous Improvement / Six Sigma
Summary of experience and examples related to continous improvement / Six Sigma capabilities Word format
IT Strategic Planning
Some thoughts and some of my examples of IT Strategic planning. (pdf format)
Articles and Quotations
Articles I have written or items of inspiration and quotes.
Thoughtable quotes - a section of some of favorite quotations and what they me to me.
Employee's Perspective
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Narrative Summary of Skills and Experience

IT Skills and Experience

I am an experienced IT professional whose career has progressed from programmer to IT Director. My technical experience includes programming, system design, management, project management, quality, problem solving, continuous process improvement, training, change management and IT strategic planning. The systems have included a variety of platforms including mainframe, Unix, and PC n-tier system. My software experience includes Cobol, Visual Basic, SQL, Access, Crystal Reports, web design, XML, Lotus Notes, etc. I have managed IT group with responsibilities for software development, implementations, network, email and desktop support at multiple facilities.

As an IT manager, I have developed and implemented strategic plans to move the organization into improved business systems (process and technology) to meet or exceed customer satisfaction and the business objectives. My experience also includes time spent in quality systems with particular emphasis toward continuous process improvement, problem solving, and utilization of creative techniques for quantum improvements. The skills, techniques and tools I have acquired are invaluable for me to provide the best in class solutions for business issues.

Currently I am the ERP Manager at a manufacturing company where I have responsibility for implementation of SAP (MM PP SD WM and technical side - ABAP/interface with Basis outsourcer).

Project Management

I Successfully Passed PMP Certification Exam (PMI). Some of my major projects include:

  • SAP Project Manager Böwe Bell and Howell
  • Conversion of financial accounting system to Epicor
  • SAP Project Manager TRW, Commercial Steering Division. Implementation in three sites with modules PP, MM/WM, SD, FI/CO. my team included 14 CSD people, 10 consultants.
  • QS-9000 Coordinator for TRW, Commercial Steering Division (Division team, 3 plant teams).
    Collaborated with other TRW divisions.
  • Assumed QS-9000 manager responsibilities for Lafayette plant after Quality Manager resigned.
    Attained certification for all sites including troubled Lafayette plant.
  • Re-engineered quality systems to support QS-9000 (utilized workflow & Notes)
  • Technical manager for integration of new plants into our division
  • Technical manager for implementation of new manufacturing system (AMAPS). Training manager for same implementation.
  • Co project manager for CAD system selection and implementation
  • Project Manager for selection & implementation MAXIMO

    My project management expertise includes several key areas of project management such as: change management, risk analysis, training, project plan development, and issue management.
  • Enterprise & eBusiness Systems Director for IT technical training company
  • Information Systems Manager for a multi site division with $3 million IS budget and $200+ million in sales.
  • Managed 18-24 people including 4-6 managers
  • Recruiting, training and mentoring IT employees
  • Organizational development, department reorganization and change management
  • Organizational changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Employee involvement, team dynamics, customer service
  • Proven track record of productivity improvements
  • Development & Implementation of project management methodology in IT organization
  • Supplier management
  • Budget management
Business Knowledge

I have developed and conducted many training sessions on technology, continuous improvement, problem solving and quality to my customers and employees.
In addition, I have completed requirements for business system certifications in manufacturing(CPIM certified through APICS) and quality systems(certified Quality Manager and Quality Auditor through ASQ). In addition, I also have over ten years experience in management and project management (certified as PMP through PMI). You will also find I have business system experience in just about every facet of a business (e.g. financial accounting, cost accounting, purchasing, manufacturing, sales, quality, engineering, human resources) which is invaluable while working with my customers to improve processes and increase competitive advantage.

Other activties beneficial to my understanding and contribution a business include: Malcolm Baldrige auditing experience, QS-9000 auditor, member of division committee on benchmarking, 'tiger team' member to turn around a business unit, et. al.

John I Sommer