Professional Profile of Adam Cardinal
A dedicated, curious, motivated and flexible Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Operations professional, with a strong background in supervisory and managerial roles. Possesses a wealth of transferable skills, including outstanding interpersonal abilities, with a meticulous attention to detail and a strong focus on Health and Safety compliances. Able to work well both independently and as part of a productive team, demonstrating the motivation and multi-tasking abilities required to meet demanding targets while maintaining the highest of standards. Demonstrating a logical and analytical approach to solving complex problems and formulating solutions. Quick to grasp new ideas and concepts and always keen to develop new skills and expertise. A valuable all-rounder with natural leadership skills who thrives in challenging working environments. Having worked with and learned from some of the world’s greatest lean masters, has the ability to explain and demonstrate the best that lean six sigma has to offer.
Recent Career achievements
2020 – Started deployment of a global business excellence programme
2019 – Delivered process to increase revenue by £9M
Led kaizen events in Japan
Delivered training to team members in UK, Nederlands, China and Japan
Improved first pass yield by 37% through elimination / reduction in supplier quality concerns
2018 – As part of a team delivered £38M of savings
Delivered training to team members across 13 locations within the UK
2017 – Applied lean manufacturing principles within Formula E assembly processes
2016 – Delivered £3.5M benefits through multiple projects
2015 – Managed project to deliver a manufacturing execution system to factories in Poland and Belgium
2014 – Developed Lean Six Sigma programme and trained out to over 1500 employees
Mar 2019 – current Global Head of Operational Excellence
Enabling the business to continuously improve its processes by becoming a learning organisation. Actively supporting and driving the business to meet and exceed its objectives, applying lean six sigma and other process improvement methodologies where appropriate while coaching or training others as we drive change.
Key achievements: Delivered global project improving repair efficiencies within the service team Delivered a global ‘lead to order’ project within the commercial team Increasing revenue by £9M Improved First Pass Yield on key products by 37% Actively working to deploy Lean Six Sigma basics within global operations units with the objective to drive overall sigma quality level up by 1 sigma within 1 year Aligned global business systems to Value Streams, using Theory of Constraints, addressing bottlenecks
Feb 2018 – Mar 2019 Regional Business Excellence Lead – Arriva Bus
Upskilling the local operational & support function teams and developing skills of local teams
Key achievements: Delivered training across 13 depots, training at all levels from directors to frontline staff. As part of a team, developed the Arriva Target Operating Model delivering £38m savings. Worked with Exec team to develop the Daily Layered Accountability process. Delivered FY savings of more than £1.4m and £4.5m cost avoidance through multiple project deliveries.
March 2017 – Jan 2018 OpEx Business Partner, Tuffnells Parcel Group
Building capability in the business through coaching and training
Key achievements: Led a team to develop a lean depot model, enabling projected business wide FY savings of £9m.
As part of a team, delivered daily management system to multiple sites
Trained daily management, gemba walks, 8 wastes, 5S and leader standard work to depot leadership
Sept 2016 – March 2017 Production Manager, Williams F1 Advanced Engineering
Building and developing capability using the people resource in the department Building and maintaining a strong team working culture and continuous improvement environment
Key achievements: Leading, developing and implementing continuous improvement and quality initiatives Application of lean manufacturing processes and techniques
June 2013-Sept 2016 UK Continuous Improvement Manager, Lantmannen Unibake
Support delivery of cost reduction, and OEE improvement targets in all areas and sites Professional coach for the leadership team The internal methodology coach for continuous improvement activities across the whole business Budget holder for the Continuous Improvement area.
Key achievements: Developed UK CI strategy, worked with group to develop group CI strategy and audit process Developed Lean Six Sigma programme – inc white belt, yellow belt and green belt, delivering £250kpa savings Managing a project to deliver ‘Manufacturing Execution System’ to sites in Poland and Belgium Delivered savings of over £150k pa utilising statistical process control As part of a team reduced inventory levels by £3m in one year using statistical analysis
2012-June 2013 Lean PPI and Special Projects co-ordinator, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Created the vision for a new process flow within the site, taking productivity from 22% to 95% using lean methodologies, reducing variability in processes by 80% Created and guided the development of the packing and dispatch process system delivering over £300k annual productivity savings
2009-2012 SHIFT MANAGER, Thermo Fisher Scientific Ensuring the smooth operation and running of class 10000 and class 100000 clean room environment injection moulding plant, producing predominantly equipment and consumables for DNA testing and IVD systems throughout the world
2007-2009 OPERATIONS MANAGER, DragonMobility Ltd. Managing a team of diverse and multi-skilled personnel producing highly customised power-chairs for disabled children and adults, developing and implementing Kanban stock control system
1999-2007 BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER, Ecomold Ltd. (formerly Linpac) Delivering all aspects of production management of a first-tier automotive supplier, Producing weekly / monthly production schedules to match customer requirements and labour requirement plans
Education and Qualifications Degree Business Studies -The Open University – Ongoing Professional Diploma Management Studies (HND) Shingo Enterprise Excellence Masterclass – Professor Peter Hines Finance for managers – Stockholm School of Economics Practical Data analysis – OPEX resources Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – also green belt for 2 years Certified Professional Coach (Institute of Teaching and Occupational Learning)
Key I.T. Skills Minitab, Sharepoint, Quality Companion, Microsoft Office packages, JMP statistical analysis, PowerBI, MS Teams