OpEx Consultant

Jay has over 25 years of operational excellence experience focused in Lean Systems, Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management for the automotive, power management, and water flow & filtration industries. Jay has helped many organizations on their journey to achieve Operational Excellence by designing, implementing and continuously improving manufacturing systems that optimize people efficiency, material flow, process/test equipment, automation, assembly methodology and company culture.

Skill Set

  • Lean Plant/Business Transformation Planning and Implementation
  • Lean Manufacturing System Design & Implementation
  • Plant Layout Design and Optimization
  • Manufacturing Expansions, Plant Consolidations, Manufacturing Startups
  • Product Relocations, Component Outsourcing/Insourcing
  • System Development/Implementation: Cost Out, Capital Management, Continuous Improvement, Project Portfolio Management
  • Optimizing Manufacturing Cell Flow, Material Flow, Information Flow
  • Problem Solving: Six Sigma (DMAIC), 5 Why, 8D, RCCM
  • Daily Management Improvement System Development and Integration
  • Lean Culture via Continuous Improvement & Lean Kaizen Workshops
  • Lean Tools – Value Stream Mapping, Quick Changeover, 5S, TPM
  • Lean Principles Training & Toyota Kata
  • Standard Work Creation & Implementation, Job Instruction Training (TWI)
  • Company Production Systems (TPS) Origination, Assessment and Improvement
  • Program/Project Management (Growth, Cost Out, Capital Equipment, Automation, Capacity Increase, Manufacturing Footprint, NPD, Value Analysis/Value Engineering)
  • New Product/Process Development/Improvement and Production Launch
  • Employee Training/Coaching and Functional Competency Model Development


  • Lean Engineering Manager: Water Softener valves and systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager: Batteries, Exhaust Systems, Catalytic Converters, Heat Exchangers
  • Engineering Manager: Drive Shafts, Propeller Shafts, Steering Shafts
  • Program Manager: Transformers, Voltage Regulators, Switchgear
  • Production & Facility Maintenance Manager: Batteries


  • Lean Enterprise College – Lean Leader
  • Lean Manufacturing Engineering & Lean Product Engineering – Lean Leader
  • Lean Facilitator & Kaizen Leader
  • Six Sigma Green Belt – DMAIC
  • Six Sigma Green Belt – DFSS
  • Manufacturing Engineering Professional
  • Project Management Instructor


  • MBA, Operations/Finance ٠ Cardinal Stritch University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering ٠ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jay and his wife live in Sussex and have two adult sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, doing home improvement projects, relaxing in northern Wisconsin and watching home state college and professional sports.