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Maria V

Maria V

Executive Business Consultant
Utahna Murray, Salt Lake

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About Maria V:

I'm passionate about helping people and companies succeed by engaging with those who do the actual work through Strategy Deployment, Full Transformation, or even small side-projects. There is nothing more satisfying than a successful redesign that has eliminated bottlenecks, over-processing, or boring tasks and equated to significant improvements for the customer and company. My strength is bringing out the best in people to rise to a new occasion, teaching them insights to their abilities and transferring measured improvements overall to culture and company goals. 

I am driven. I believe if I set my mind to something-it will be done! (Maybe not always pretty or painless, like any photo of me at a finish line), but achieved! I also have a great deal of empathy and compassion. After having grown up with very little, I work hard to recall where I came from and be mindful of what others may be enduring. I am creative and curious by enjoying arts, nature and always learning something new. I am also proud. Proud of what I have been able to accomplish, my heritage and the greatest shining legacy known ,as my son. Humility is what I strive for most and being grateful to those who have helped along the way.

Significant accomplishments in my career have been:
Designing, implementing, and sustaining Organizational Strategic Plans, Operational Excellence, Exceeding goals of critical KPIs and Enterprise Lean Transformation. 
Successfully working with international, mutli-facility, union organizations, board of directors and C-level executives.
Recognition as a motivated, hands-on leader promoting cutting edge problem-solving; comfortable operating at strategic and tactical levels. 

Key skills: 
*Exceeding Operations Goals *Improving Metrics *Lean Deployment 
*Strategy Deployment *Sustainment & Accountability *M & A Management, 
*Operational Excellence *20 yrs Lean Transformation *Employee Engagement 
*Organizational Transformation *Mentoring-Development/Coaching 
*Experience in high volume, back office, build to order, transactional, service organizations.

I have finished marathons, duathlons, biked and hiked 1000s of miles, coached basketball and directed a league, am a starving artist, taught myself several other creative skills, well-read, fiercely competitive and committed to my integrity.

Myers Briggs = INTJ.
StrengthFinder Results = Deliverer*Philomath*Self-Believer*Catalyst* Problem-Solver

Experience

Executive consultant – ALTATUDE Consulting, LLC (Previously MSP Consulting)- 2020

  • Deliver best-in-class strategy deployment, cost controls, and forecast plans to senior management leading to successful restructuring, capital planning, streamlining M & A and operational efficiencies
  • Design and implement Lean approach based on company culture and size resulting in more effective complex problem solving and B2B satisfaction.(one piece flow, poka-yoke, Kanban, tpm, 5S, Vis Controls,+) 
  • Deliver Kaizen results that are sustainable and exceed goals. > $5m/annually
  • Full P & L Responsibility that has always stayed on budget and operating in positive financially
  • Design organizational structure and Develop Leaders resulting in stronger executive accountability and reliability
  • 40% on-time delivery improvement, and other KPIs, as follows
  • Leadtime Metrics improved 40% 
  • EBITDA and Free Cash Flow improved 20%
  • Enhanced Quality 30% 
  • Improved Delivery 50%
  • Employee Engagement/Satisfaction enhanced 40%
  • Financial Forecasting improved 25%
  • Project Portfolio prioritization 100+ to 10 with full team agreement 
  • Effective Strategic Planning and Deployment-including prioritizing project portfolio, tiered accountability, communications cadence
  • Effective Obeya Room Development Including each product line's progress to CQSDM, Technology, and cadence of room resulting in company-wide transparency
  • Agile Leadership and Communication Planning developed company rhythms and effective communications
  • M & A Management - governed and led accountability of key item achievement during process to close leaving teams verbalizing confidence in merge and tasks to be completed
  • Designed KPI dashboards, tools, training programs and problem-solving action reduced meeting time by 50%
  • Established a lean competency program creating globally recognized standards for lean practices, resulted as benchmark for achievements

 

SR. REGIONAL PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT DIRECTOR GE DIGITAL   2021 

 

  • Designed GE Digital’s Lean Business System and organization resulting in transparent accountability and     workstream flow 
  • Implemented the Business System including; daily management metrics, review and problem-solving      cadence and agenda at, process to address KPI and CVD (core value drivers); implementing lean    tools and training programs to enable PSR/action planning reducing meeting time by 50% • Established a lean competency program which ensured globally recognized standards for     

 lean principles and practices,provided a common roadmap for continuous improvement and workforce 

 development 

  • Managed Current to Future state VSM transformation plans leading to improved discipline and commitment     to improve KPIs. 

 

 

SR. REGIONAL LEAN DIRECTOR/ACOO, GKN AEROSPACE, BRISTOL, UK   2019-2020 

• Evaluated and Briefed Regional COO on critical activities across 11 sites (700-1100 employees/site and 

  $300mil/site)

• Streamlined Workflows to improve consistency across sites

  • Improved KPIs including 6%YOY conversion costs,
  • Decreased DIO from 90d to 70d, DPO from 40 to 65d, 
  • Improved Employee engagement by 30%.
  • Standardized work through Mapping, training and relationship/collaboration, level loading
  • Spearheaded strategic plan with cross-functional teams and oversaw accountability

•  Led teams virtually and collaborated to reduce significant WIP and hold cash through means of 

   supplier agreements, kanban, 5S, and improving MRB processes.

•  Mentored minimum of five rising leaders in leadership, culture, lean, business acumen.

 

VP/SR DIRECTOR, FLIR, WILSONVILLE, OR  2018-2019 

• Developed global Lean implementation strategy for company across three distinct business units and 

 multiple diverse products. 

• Direct Reports 35-team totals up to 200.

• Developed Lean roles for each business unit; hired and led vision across organization. Result of 

 Improved cost, quality, OTD, safety, and morale in excess of $1million at each site.

• Spearheaded alignment of strategy and operating plans with executive leadership vision. 

• Accountable to CEO for developing organizational change infrastructure and results.

• Led strategic deployment internationally for up to 4000 employees (all levels), positioned organization for

 major investments and growth.

• Exceeded $3.5 million cost savings, WIP, working capital turns and defect reduction in first 6 months.

• Built shareholder/investor confidence through personal interviews quarterly for Wall Street Reporting.

• Presented to Board quarterly with recent results and upcoming plans

 

 PRESIDENT/OWNER MSP CONSULTING, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 2005-2018 

  • Established independent consulting practice specializing in strategy planning,  cultural and organizational    change with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 across several industries.  • Led governance, cost containment of engagements while ensuring high quality and on-time delivery 
  • Trained and led hundreds of Process Improvement events resulting in millions saved in cost, quality, safety,    delivery and morale. Examples available upon request. 
  • Aligned strategy and operating plans with executive leadership vision resulting in direct accountability    • Developed and mentored all C-level executive change management skills, infrastructure, discipline skills,    executing events & sustaining results. 
  • Implemented high-performance work team structures in both union    and non-union facilities. 
  • Established dedicated Offices of Continuous Improvement resulting in focused savings efforts and ability to      track improved cash flow  
  • Developed performance data dashboards for tracking and trending progress across multiple sites to execu   tive leadership. 
  • Successfully led and managed strategy for up to 5000 employees (all levels), trained leaders, led teams of    broad, diverse backgrounds, resulting in 50% or great results across KPs 
  • Developed customized training for poor-performing employees leading to improved engagement and mo    rale by 40% 

Education

MBA

MA-Organizational management

BA

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