Senior Expert for Optimization and Cost Reduction Project

Project status
Project start date
As soon as possible
Project posted
20 Apr 2018 07:00
Project duration (approx.)
8 Months
Budget (approx.)
€800 / day
Level of Experience
Mechanical / Industrial Engineering
Area of expertise
Operations, Procurement, Strategy
Consultant location
English (Essential) , German (Essential)

Objectives and Key Deliverables

We are a German consultancy looking for support for one of our clients, a mechanical engineering client.

We are looking for a senior expert who - as part of the optimization department – will help our client reduce manufacturing costs. The emphasis is on the overall initiation of new ideas, especially in procurement. The consultant will be asked to support and challenge the client’s project manager responsible for the project. It is an absolute must that the consultant has a deep understanding and strong methodical consulting background combined with practical experience in the areas of product group management, concept competition, make or buy, cost structure analysis, MLPP and alikes. As the client’s employee is involved in the optimization department, coaching and on-the-job training must be automatically performed to guide, support and coach the client's younger employees.

Region of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany – if the consultant requires extensive travel time to get there, please refrain from applying.

Proposal Submission and Review ASAP
Project Kick Off no later than 14th – 21st of May
Duration until the end of 2018 with possible extension into 2019
Intensity 4 days/week

- Develop the cost base for deriving cost reduction potential in cooperation with the departments
- Draft a concept to achieve cross-functional product cost reduction and process optimization in close cooperation with all departments, in particular procurement
- Create implementation plan and implement a transparent communication style in order to convince all central and regional business units of the strategic initiative
- Support the implementation and development as well as monthly reporting
- Apply methods of cost reduction, especially in procurement (but also product optimization, manufacturing, assembly such as product group management, new approaches in procurement, design-to-cost, make-or-buy, process optimization, etc.)
- Independently manage projects for product cost and process optimization as a challenger of the client’s project manager
- Improve and apply of existing project management tools

Consultant requirements (***ATTENTION***: If you do not meet these requirements, please refrain from submitting a proposal. If you do, please clearly highlight them in your proposal):
- Strong track record and experience in cost reduction as an "allrounder", i.e. as a consultant and as an industry expert
- Proven track record of cost reduction
- Ability to lead in a difficult political environment (i.e. flexible but also with strong in opinions at the right moment)
- Sound understanding of mechanisms in mechanical and plant engineering (project business, variant-oriented series production, product series changes, exterior assembly, quality gates, claim management, key-turn projects, etc.)
- Solid understanding of the process flows from quotation to handover of machinery to the end customer
- Background in either business administration, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and alikes
- Strong consulting background with a vertical focus on machine and plant engineering
- Proven project management skills
- Very good methodological knowledge in the field of cost optimization, design-to-cost, variant management, procurement optimization, lean production, make or buy, etc.

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