Edward Goudsmits, lead Audit & Improve, has been working at Schleifenbauer on behalf of Nobleo Manufacturing. There he works on Audit & Improve project cycles.
The project at Schleifenbauer is perfect for me. I once read the quote “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”. My background in Industrial Engineering & Management taught me that “to measure is to know”. I developed Audit & Improve (A&I) based on this principle, among other things. My strengths are my analytical skills and my soft skills, such as dealing with people and creating an environment where people are open to change. Thanks to the A&I approach, we stick to the facts (using measurement). Employee input is essential. They get involved in the A&I process by sharing what they think could be improved. This, over time, creates support for improvements. Furthermore, my experience in the quality field is very valuable, as this was originally Schleifenbauer’s strongest need. From the point of view of quality, we are now also tackling the processes of logistics, operations and purchasing. The approach here has already resulted in a different operations structure and the addition of visual management at various process steps.