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Auto Manufacturer

NEEDS-BASED RESULTS

 

Auto Manufacturer

SITUATION

Automobile manufacturer was experiencing production shutdowns as a result of inconsistent part/component quality, quantity and delivery times from suppliers.

DRIVER GOAL

  • Determine the root cause of issues with the current supplier base and develop corrective action plans.
  • Develop an executable plan to reorganize the SQE organization.

RESULT

  • Developed executable action plans to ensure supplier performance.
  • Reengineered SQE processes.
  • Right-sized the SQE organization with training to support skills.
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Case Study

Optimize Supply Chain & Improve Performance

Issue

A European automobile manufacturer was experiencing production shutdowns as a result of inconsistent part/component quality, quantity and delivery times from suppliers. The Highland Group was engaged to intervene with the suppliers and assist the client in reengineering the internal supplier/sourcing and quality engineering capability.

Highland Approach

The project included two concurrent work streams: analyze suppliers and develop corrective action plans to ensure optimized performance; and, reengineer the client’s internal sourcing and quality assurance process to foresee and avert potential problems before they lead to shut downs.

Actions Taken

  • Designed and implemented a Supplier Early Warning System to identify potential issues before they occur and enabled the Supplier Quality Engineering (SQE) organization to prevent line shutdowns.
  • Conducted assessments of the suppliers with issues and developed action plans to improve the management and quality functions of those suppliers.
  • Designed and implemented a System For Managing the SQE organization.
  • Determined the skill sets and staffing required for the SQE organization and developed the necessary training to support and sustain the new organization.
  • Reengineered the SQE processes.

Right-sized the SQE organization with training to support skills

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Project Leader

Oil & Gas

North America

Tom is a senior project leader with over 25 years of international management consulting experience in the oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications, media and aerospace industries. He has served Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in 15 countries across North America, EMEA and Asia.

Senior Consultant

Supply Chain

Laurence has more than twenty years of industry and consulting experience in all areas of supply chain management – including inventory management and procurement – and in Total Working Capital management.