OPERATIONS CASE STUDY

Over the last ten years, Learning4Leaders have supported a number of businesses through turbulent periods which has necessitated stepping into line management roles.

Our interim managers have the skill to settle and improve performance as well as having one eye on long term recovery. Experienced role models within the industry; we consistently ensure business not only recover, but deliver sustainable profitability through the adoption of best practise processes.

Stepping in as head of operations for one of the biggest ready meal sites in Europe, Learning4Leaders Interim Leadership team was bought into a site that was failing to deliver in all parts of the business. Customer confidence was disappearing, site performance was haemorrhaging cash and operationally all KPI’s were sliding rapidly.  

Learning4Leaders ensured the steady, consistent and reliable recovery across all parts of the operation. In addition, ensured plans were in place post the interim period to continue to improve performance against all departmental KPI’s.

Understanding the need for rapid recovery, the approach was focused on three key areas:

KEY AREAS

ONE

To have structured and disciplined meetings throughout the day to ensure there was the appropriate level on focus on meeting the daily challenges on service level (internal and ultimately external). This ensured that every day the management team were energised, enthused and engaged in wanting to be part of the recovery process.

TWO

To coach the management team to adopt new ways of working and delivering on commitments. In addition, a key part of the success was encouraging the management team to identify some of the historical best practises that had been lost and actively encouraging the team to re-adopt the processes that had historically worked. Once re-instated, an ongoing process of improvement was lead and encouraged across the whole operation.

THREE

To support shop floor teams to own their performance. Coaching in process mapping, line mapping, short interval control, daily huddles and performance reviews provided a framework where operational teams felt empowered and supported to own and improve performance on an hour by hour and day by day basis.

In Summary in the period of 9 months Learning4Leaders interim managers and shop floor consultants ensured the site was well set for long term profitability. Today the site enjoys a best in class reputation for its customers, reliable and consistent operational performance and is delivering its budgeted profitability. In addition, recently, such is the level of confidence in the site their key customer has ensured a heavy investment program that will secure the future of the site.

KEY SUCCESSES

60%

REDUCTION IN ACCIDENTS

80%

REDUCTION IN ACCIDENT TIME LOSS

60%

NON CONFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

98.5+%

CUSTOMER SERVICE LEVELS

£2M

PER YEAR IMPROVEMENT ON LABOUR

£1.5M

PER YEAR IMPROVEMENT ON MATERIALS