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Tier 1 Automotive Supplier
Redesigning Product Development Process to Increase Competitiveness at Tier 1 Automotive Interior Supplier

Developed a product development strategy that enabling affordable business structure and increase competitiveness. Created a balanced set of in-process, predictive performance metrics and a design structure matrix which enabled the development process to handle changes more efficiently and to minimize iteration loops. Project resulted in a proactive, cost- effective ability to ensure high quality product, reduced resource requirements, and an affordable, more competitive product development cost structure.

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Direct Marketing Company
Developing Category Management Capabilities with Item-level Strategies at Large Direct Marketing Company

Worked with the senior merchandising team to develop capabilities and strategies for all key elements that constitute strategic merchandising -- assortment strategy, new product introduction, catalog/web placement strategy, product lifecycle strategy, and pricing strategy. With strategic approach, CatalogCo now meeting SKU targets, properly planning media placement, and able to identify and fill gaps in assortment.

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Machine Tools Designer and Manufacturer
Quick-win Engineering and Material Cost Reductions at International Custom Machine Tools Designer and Manufacturer

Conducted 4-week diagnostic to understand drivers of ongoing margin erosion (~10% point gap between quoted margin vs. realized margin) that identified $1.7-2.7MM in quick-win cost savings opportunities in 3 key areas: robust, cross-functional quoting and engineering processes with formal involvement of engineering in the quoting process and proactive management of hours/scope in the engineering process; material spend reduction by implementing cost-focused (vs. “get the parts in”) purchasing process/tools, renegotiating/ establishing contracts with key vendors, and standardizing parts to leverage volume; and selective migration of engineering to India, starting with detailed engineering and phasing in higher skill activities. Execution assistance included: creating vendor negotiation strategy and vendor packages for top vendors (6-20% savings already realized); crafting quoting and engineering process end-vision; and developing a detailed capture plan with timeline for all targeted savings.

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Apparel Designer/ Manufacturer
Turning Domestic Operations into a Competitive Advantage at Leading Apparel Designer/Manufacturer

Devised a new supply chain strategy to leverage domestic manufacturing capabilities to decrease concept-to-market time by 67%, reduce inventory levels by 50%, and increase profits by 25%. Developed a dual supply chain strategy - market replenishment strategy for Basic products and market responsive strategy for Fashion products. Created a concurrent DFM product development process, and developed a flexible capacity allocation model for cut & sew facilities.

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