Operations Assessment & Improvement

Operations Assessment & Improvement

For any organization to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace, it needs to continuously work on achieving higher operational efficiency. Any successful improvement project begins with an initial assessment of a company’s operations; without understanding the areas of inefficiencies, it is difficult to deploy resources effectively. Operational improvement initiatives result in reduced waste and lower costs and can lead to sustained long-term growth. A thorough assessment should include evaluation of product and process technology, process design, process control methodologies, and system disciplines. Key aspects of improving operations include improving quality, safety, supply chain effectiveness, reliability, and inventory management.

At Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC), our experienced consultants have extensive engineering, manufacturing, quality, and business experience and are well prepared to efficiently identify your company's strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive review of your operations, in line with Lean principles. Our team has completed over 200 supplier quality assessments over the last 24 months across North America, Asia, and Europe, providing detailed reports of gaps and risks with associated recommendations for improvement. With diverse functional experience spanning a variety of industries (e.g., start-up, automotive, clean energy, power sports, marine, commercial vehicle, etc.), RSC is prepared to set a strategic plan to drive your company’s growth and profitability through approaches that are tailored to your specific needs.

With a unique blend of deep-content technical consulting, real hands-on experience from our work with automotive operations, and classic strategic consulting expertise, RSC help clients create efficient and competitive operational structures and processes.

Our sector specialist professionals have unique capabilities, including:

  • The ability to understand and dissect manufacturing processes to support the development of robust recommendations
  • Development of TAKT time production management plans to provide sustainable throughput efficiencies
  • Use of tools such as Value Stream Mapping to identify efficiencies in the manufacturing process
  • Ability to work across functions on the plant floor, including supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing, re-work process, scrap, etc.
  • A global footprint, providing industry comparisons of performance by country, commodity, industry segment, etc.