Do you need someone to fill or build around a skills gap on your team? Want help managing the load of projects on your plate? Looking for support to increase your production capacity to whatever sales promised? Sometimes as an operations leader you just need help leveraging your time!
You are studied in the art of Lean or Six Sigma. As you know, conducting Kaizen or 5S events is not rocket surgery. It just takes time, of which you have none, because someone in sales decided to sign up the company for an unrealistic deadline to ship product ... and didn’t tell you ... until the week it had to ship. It’s ok, we get it, operations is always cleaning up the mess.
Like you, we have had to manage operations, and understand that given the resources or time, you would likely do it yourself. Yet every year it seems to get more challenging to find new ways to reduce costs and improve the process. Our intent is to be a fresh set of eyes and see the things that you would see when you walk into someone else’s shop. Your utility man!
Sometimes you just need a problem taken care of and someone you trust to hand it to. As lean champions, we are passionate about bringing a team around a problem that needs solving. We like rolling up our sleeves to do the work, so you don’t have too!
Our goal is to keep it simple. We work together to ensure we understand the core value of the company and the offering to the customer. With that, we map the elements and metrics to define success. Then we execute!
"We have been working with Jeff at The Next Step for about two months and we have made more progress than over the last 5 years. He was able to come in and work with our Team and create systems to eliminate wasted time and effort. He was also good at working with the different personalities involved and uncovers the underlying issues. I would highly recommend him."
"Jeff and I worked together over the past four plus years. I was new to running a manufacturing cell. We had great people, but didn’t always have the best systems for managing our production flow or capacity. Through a number of improvements, Jeff helped us increase our capacity by more than 50%. He was also an advocate for the manufacturing team, even though he was in sales and marketing. Jeff was a delight to work with and has a real drive and passion for problem solving. I will always appreciate his insight and the true compassion he had for his fellow co-workers."