Scott Bell

Scott is an FTE Senior Advisor whose career spans nearly 30 years in the automotive industry, focusing on industrial engineering, operations leadership, new vehicle launches, strategic planning, and supply chain. He has worked in numerous locations domestically and internationally. He is well versed in implementing and sustaining lean principles, focuses on safety, is customer-focused, builds lasting relationships, and can concisely convey workable solutions to improve business performance.

Notable experience and accomplishments:

  • As the Plant Lead for the 3rd Party Cost Council, Scott championed initiatives to renegotiate contracts, implemented additional spending controls, and chaired productivity reviews leading to savings of $2M/year and contract savings of $5m/year
  • Led the implementation of a new warehouse management system, completing each phase of the launch on time with no disruption to production volumes, freeing up 85k sq ft of storage and saving $62K/month in IT costs
  • As the Industrial Engineering Manager for multiple automotive assembly plants, Scott led a team of engineers through various volume adjustment projects. He conducted volume changes in six different assembly plants (increases and decreases), including two plants in South Africa. Changes ranged from 2% to 33% of volume with improvements in Overspeed, HPU, and GCR
  • Led the team responsible for overseeing service parts, consisting of Body Shop, Stamping, and Injection Molding, to 100% on-time delivery record three years in a row
  • Coordinated efforts to reduce material costs when volumes dropped unexpectedly. Utilizing a local 3rd party to transload sea containers, he was able to avoid demurrage costs totaling $5M+
  • Executed “intensive TIP” processes within the Body Shop. Providing resources and data analysis, he was able to gain 1+ JPH in the first 24 hours and achieved an additional 3+ JPH over the next five days
  • Having full responsibility for launching two new vehicles at an assembly plant, Scott had to engage two different engineering homerooms in Korea and Brazil. He launched both vehicles per SORP timing and zero red ergo issues
  • Was responsible for the implementation of the Short Lead Time Principle of the Global Manufacturing System within a 12m sq ft assembly plant, as well as ISO compliance in the Supply Chain Department, each scoring 100% compliant two years in a row
  • Led the introduction of Sprains and Strains Committees in the General Assembly and Body Shop. Combining data analysis and a “go and see” methodology led to a 14% YoY reduction in injuries and was designated as best practice by GMNA Safety

Prior to consulting, Scott worked for General Motors and held roles in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations Management, and New Model Launch. He has successfully supported a brownfield “conversion” start-up, led successful lean workshops, developed strategic plans, developed department budgets, identified and eliminated bottlenecks, and led the launch of a new vehicle.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University in Maryland and a Master of Science in Operations Management and Manufacturing Management from Kettering University in Michigan.