Title: General Manager
Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC)
Project General Manager
Operations Management Development Division (OMDD)
James “Jamie” Bonini is general manager of TSSC and project general manager of OMDD at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), located near Cincinnati in Erlanger, Kentucky. TEMA supports Toyota's engineering and manufacturing operations in North America.,
TSSC is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with TEMA which shares Toyota Production System (TPS) know-how with North American organizations that have a true desire to learn and adopt TPS; as a way to strengthen the quality and efficiency of their production system. Similarly, OMDD works closely with Toyota’s North American plants to help streamline processes and strengthen TPS activities. In this role, Bonini oversees day to day operations for both divisions.
Bonini began his career with Toyota in 2002, as assistant general manager for TSSC, responsible for planning and leading shop floor improvement activities. He later joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky’s powertrain group as assistant general manager responsible for V6 and four cylinder engines as well as axle production, quality and safety.
From 2004-10, he served as general manager for TEMA’s supplier commodity engineering (SCE) division which leads new model projects and mass production supplier development projects in North America. His duties included managing supplier parts for new model preparations as well as mass production models.
Prior to joining Toyota, Bonini worked at DaimlerChrysler where he held a variety of roles including the company’s cost management group and new model projects at three assembly plants in North America. He also held key positions with Tritec Motors and the Pilette Road Truck Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (1985), a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1987) and two Master of Science degrees in Management and Material Science Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992).