Operations managers may have the toughest job in the world. They are responsible for what holds companies together at their core. Seizing growth opportunities, realizing revenue, implementing new processes, digitizing, modernizing, adapting, globalizing – even great ideas are only worth as much as the quality of their implementation.
Our Achievers have first-hand knowledge of successful operations – their own. Achievers make the difference.
Optimization of purchasing at listed automotive supplier in Germany
Among other things, an Atreus Manager is responsible for stabilising the situation in purchasing. In addition, he ensures the back-to-back synchronisation between customer and supplier contracts.
Optimization Production Site in Czech Republic
An international advanced ceramics group needs to stabilise its production site in the Czech Republic following the short-term separation from the managing director there. An Atreus Interim Manager ensures the plant’s ability to function.
We are no strangers to complex challenges and our directors are right at home in the world of C-level decision-making. Atreus will quickly find the right, tried-and-tested people for your project, who will act and implement swiftly and decisively. At the same time, Atreus directors remain on-hand as sparring partners. Our network can also activate additional Achievers at short notice – from experts to CEOs.
We support you in challenges in operations with the following services, among others:
Manager to implement operational optimization measuresd c
Your actually established and successful organization in mechanical engineering or plant construction has been facing growing quality problems for some time. Delivery performance is increasingly deteriorating. Possibly, the interaction between plants within your value chain is also disturbed.
We strengthen your team with the perfect resource for analyzing and optimizing your entire value chain in mechanical or plant engineering. In addition to restoring technical performance, we also take a look at causes at the interpersonal level, coach managers at the foreman level and second level, or release them if necessary.
The Atreus Approved Manager is responsible for solving the performance, quality and delivery crisis. He accompanies the cultural change and ensures a healthy working atmosphere, establishes sustainable open and appreciative communication, introduces a culture of error and a best-case approach, installs a knowledge database and professionalizes the organization.
Purchasing Manager to set up alternative suppliersd c
As a machine manufacturer, you are confronted with delivery bottlenecks. In view of resulting line stoppages, you are facing liquidity problems, your inventories are growing. You cannot invoice your customers because you cannot produce.
We strengthen your team with the ideal resource to perform a supplier and risk analysis or make-or-buy analysis. We explore new procurement channels and establish new supply chains for you while ensuring quality, delivery reliability and cost efficiency. At the same time, we provide comprehensive optimization of your processes and coaching of your team until they are working independently.
The Atreus approved purchasing manager with in-depth expertise in mechanical or plant engineering is responsible for on-time production and timely delivery of goods. He minimizes the risk of delivery interruptions, increases OTD as well as customer satisfaction, and achieves savings. He also implements e-procurement solutions and e-purchasing platforms as needed. Team members are more motivated and work at a higher level of performance.
Engineering Manager to overcome start-up difficulties during ramp-upd c
You face difficulties in ramping up new technologies. Although some prototypes with potential exist, there is a lack of know-how on industrialization and the latest technologies.
We provide you with the right resource with a track record in ramp-up and further development of complex technologies. At the same time, we ensure networking with engineering companies and talents in relevant technology fields (for example, materials, electromechanics, automation or IoT/digitization).
The Atreus approved R&D or Engineering Manager is responsible for scaled processes during ramp-up and stabilization of the R&D and Engineering team. Thanks to his market knowledge, he provides access to the latest technologies and leads your project to success with his implementation experience in the industrialization of products and solutions.
Plant Managerd c
You are concerned about the overall productivity of your operation. Sick leave in your workforce is increasing while motivation is decreasing. You are struggling with high scrap and insufficient quality. There is a partial lack of transparency in standards and KPIs. A continuous improvement process is not in place.
We provide your team with the right resource to define and standardize KPIs together with employees. We ensure full transparency, the implementation of pilot and lighthouse projects, the optimization of store floor management and the promotion of cross-functional collaboration.
An Atreus approved plant manager is responsible for optimizing all important KPIs. He helps employees to take responsibility for themselves and initiates a sustainable change process that is embraced by the employees. At the same time, he identifies hidden champions among the employees, trains the workforce in lean methods and ensures continuous improvement.
Program Manager for the implementation of production relocationsd c
In the course of your production relocation, the receiving and the sending production site do not cooperate sufficiently. The ability to deliver is not guaranteed during the relocation, and the development of know-how and the transfer of knowledge to the new site are proceeding slowly. Negotiations on the reconciliation of interests with the works council and trade unions are difficult and tough.
We reinforce your team with the perfect resource for planning and managing the relocation process, including building a product buffer. She takes a neutral position in negotiations, develops training plans for employees at the new site, optimizes existing and identifies new sourcing channels for the receiving site.
The Atreus approved program manager with many years of experience in mechanical engineering or plant construction ensures that production is relocated without interrupting deliveries. She handles the outgoing site and facilitates the optimization of the value stream at the new site, negotiates a reconciliation of interests and establishes transfer companies. She ensures that the supply chain is completely converted to the new location, secures the transfer of know-how and guarantees the optimal reuse of the machinery and equipment.
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Project manager for relocation of sitesd c
You need to adjust your footprint to optimize manufacturing costs, enter new markets and reduce lead times. At the same time, you want to minimize the complexity and risk of your relocation.
We strengthen your team with the matching resource for accurate planning as well as the creation of transparency and reliability in the relocation process. At the same time, we ensure risk management for you, negotiations with the various stakeholders, and support for the production ramp-up at the receiving site.
An Atreus Approved Manager takes responsibility with a fact-oriented and non-political approach. He sets up a consistently managed relocation process without interrupting the customer’s supply and ensures the transfer of know-how from the supplying site to the receiving site – with maximum equipment re-use.
Lean management expert to implement a store floor management systemd c
Your organization has an urgent need for change on the store floor. You need an operational excellence program or customized production system.
We strengthen your team with the ideal resource to implement an effective store floor management system. Via digitalization, we enable you to achieve maximum transparency and accelerated change on the store floor.
An Atreus approved lean management expert is responsible for increasing your operational excellence on the store floor. He establishes a store floor management system, initiates LEAN training and implementation workshops, and coaches all managers to reduce waste and increase productivity.
Do you have any questions?
Our experts will be happy to answer your questions.
Expert for the introduction of a HSE concept (Health, Safety, Environment)d c
You want to establish or optimize an HSE concept in your customer-specific production system in order to anchor the entire range of sustainability in your company, from occupational safety to zero emissions.
We strengthen your team with a resource with experience (international as well) in the areas of Safety, Health & Environment in order to anchor the “Safety First” idea in your operations team with the help of concrete measures.
An Atreus approved manager is responsible for the further development of your sustainability management, including the associated reporting and training of the teams, some of which are interdisciplinary.
SCM Manager for the analysis of the material flowd c
Lack of transparency in your supply chain brings growing risks and delivery failures. Contractual agreements are missing, processes are manual and non-transparent. The team has only worked locally so far and therefore has not yet managed an international material flow.
We strengthen your team with the perfect resource for analyzing, implementing and optimizing the sales & operations planning process, enabling the flawless mapping of an end-to-end supply chain process. Among others, we ensure the daily material flow planning across the entire value chain, the execution of make-or-buy analyses and cost saving programs as well as the optimization of the entire logistics.
The Atreus Approved SCM Manager is responsible for optimizing processing times on the basis of a planning process on the sales, production, and purchasing side. He increases customer satisfaction through on-time delivery and saves costs through bundling effects or outsourcing of value creation (make-or-buy). He digitizes processes in ERP, EDI, e-procurement and e-platforms, providing customers with up-to-the-minute transparency. At the same time, he minimizes the risk of supply bottlenecks and failures.
Bottleneck manager to ensure material availabilityd c
Material availability in your production is not guaranteed, causing your inventories to increase and your liquidity to suffer. You cannot produce and invoice to the customer.
We strengthen your team with an experienced resource for the introduction and implementation of a compelling taskforce management – including daily missing parts, inventory and order reporting. At the same time, we ensure consistent escalation management on the supplier side and de-escalation management on the customer side. We optimize your component supply via alternative sources (manufacturers, distributors and technical offices).
An Atreus certified bottleneck manager is responsible for defining the necessary processes, creating transparency for planning and implementing measures, and forming and coaching an effective team for your bottleneck/task force management. On this basis, inventories are continuously reduced and component supply is guaranteed. Production and invoicing can be carried out.
Operations Manager for Logistics and Material Flowd c
You lack information about the exact location of your semi-finished and finished products. Deficiencies in warehousing increase the additional effort in intralogistics and increase throughput times. Your production is incompletely and sometimes contradictorily mapped in the IT, which massively affects the ability to plan.
We strengthen your team with the perfect resource that quickly establishes visibility over your material flows and, thanks to many years of experience, can point the finger at the problem. Thanks to an optimization of machine layouts and the introduction of self-regulating processes in combination with useful key performance indicators, we significantly reduce your lead times while increasing plannability.
An Atreus approved Operations Manager is responsible for the optimal use of all available resources and quickly increases the transparency of material flows in the organization. At the same time, he ensures acceptance within the team through a sensitive approach.
Supplier Managementd c
The external value-added share of your company is constantly increasing. You need alternative suppliers to secure and expand your profitability in the long term.
We strengthen your team with the appropriate resource to establish coordinated interfaces to suppliers and to introduce an objective supplier evaluation – with a clear focus on the establishment of decentralized supply chains. At the same time, we evaluate specialized online platforms for you, depending on the industry.
An Atreus Expert is responsible for increasing supply capability through a broader and more decentralized supplier network, as well as reducing dependencies, achieving additional cost savings, and maximizing transparency.
Expert for holistic planning (S&OP)d c
Your company lacks end-to-end transparency across the supply chain. Even within your own company there are different levels of planning and data. Particular interests stand in the way of the overall optimum. Frictional losses during coordination and insufficient transparency make effective decisions difficult.
We strengthen your team with the perfect resource for setting up a holistic planning process, consulting in the selection of suitable tools, support in the implementation or integration into the ERP system as well as the neutral moderation of cross-functional workshops.
An Atreus approved Expert is responsible for implementing an S&OP and ensures transparency along the value chain. He or she identifies root causes, quickly highlights anomalies, and trains and motivates the team.
Demand within companies
- Bottleneck management
- Supply chain management and supply chain issues
- Decentralization / localization
- Intelligent business models
- IT-supported analysis of the overall processes
- Digitization internally and externally
- TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
- Process-based thinking throughout the organization
- Waste of resources
- Conversion of machinery to sustainability
„In all projects, the cooperation with Atreus was consistently professional, fast, and goal-oriented. We will be happy to come back to Atreus again in the future.“
„As a fast-growing and internationally positioned company, it is important for us to ensure that we have the expertise we need quickly, with high quality standards and flexible framework conditions. Atreus has successfully supported us in this respect several times so far.“
Statement from Advisor
„From more than 30 years of international management experience, I know how critical to success and how valuable people are. That’s why working with Atreus is so fruitful, because they quickly provide eye-to-eye support for both acute and strategic issues through their deep technical understanding and experience in change processes.“
Statements from Atreus Directors
„Atreus stands for referenceable solutions with an optimal mix of personal network and a process-oriented engine room.“
„We advise our customers at eye level and make precise recommendations. Our customers appreciate the speed as well as quality, which is characterized by accuracy of fit. We actively support our managers and are always available as a sparring partner. We serve our customers worldwide“
Contact Partner in Operations
All the members of our team advise you on the interim filling of top management positions. Depending on their expertise and experience, the individual members focus on different industries.