Kim Schneider

Kim Schneider is an FTE Senior Advisor with extensive automotive manufacturing experience. During her 36-year career, Kim has worked at several manufacturing assembly centers in operations with an emphasis on processing, lean manufacturing, and people systems. She has extensive experience as a proven leader, managing process and operations teams in body assembly, paint operations, and general assembly.

Notable experience and accomplishments:

  • Directed cross-functional manufacturing launch team for major utility vehicle at multiple plants attaining program schedule milestones.
  • Planned and executed the transformation of a two-shift operation to  a three-shift operation with volume increases. Implemented the integration of a new model into an existing production process resulting in a 50% capital utilization and output improvement.
  • Implemented an innovative labor agreement for automotive assembly operations at a high-volume plant resulting in a 20% output improvement. 
  • Analyzed and facilitated the development and implementation of corporate budgets, schedule changes, productivity plans and performance tracking  for car and truck assembly plants.  Championed workshops and problem-solving processes with 5% productivity improvement.
  • Implemented productivity benchmarking tool.  This included executing customization for a global implementation and training throughout the organization.  Conducted IE and manager training sessions and developed running list of future improvements. 
  • Facilitated the closing of a facility accommodating extensions in schedule and planned the reassignment of salary and production personnel.  Briefed leadership on timing and execution in support of the future site plans.
  • Streamlined and implemented established corporate selection, hiring, and onboarding processes during the implementation of a subsidiary employment contract for material support. 
  • Directed Paint processing operation with responsibilities for safety processes, product quality, quality systems, schedule attainment, environmental requirements and future sustainment and succession plans.  Executed Business Plan Deployment implementation cascading through the department, supervisor, and team leader levels of the organization.  Coaching included the staff levels and led to improvement in the internal business metrics and culture.  

Prior to consulting, Kim worked at General Motors for 36 years and held roles in Manufacturing Operations and Staff Support.  Kim has led various production and process improvement teams in five Assembly Centers in Body, Paint and General Assembly with responsibility for production, maintenance and quality operations with a focus on implementing lean principles.

Kim holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (Formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute).