Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Presented By:

Alan Parsley

Session Abstract:

In this session, Alan will share the good, bad and the really ugly of Saft America’s Lean Journey and their start-up of a brand new $220 Million “Factory of the Future” in Jacksonville, FL.

The discussion will focus on Saft’s efforts to build a culture of continuous improvement in an international matrix organization with multi-cultural challenges.

With humility, Alan will share the challenges faced as well as learnings from those challenges, including a simplification of visual management and an effort to build accountability around “World Class” objectives.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  1. Saft’s approach to building continuous improvement in a startup operation.
  2. Importance of HR and Sr. Leadership alignment with operations
  3. Visual Management – Saft’s ongoing battle with electronic tracking
  4. Team Member engagement – Building accountability around World Class objectives.

About the Facilitator:

Alan Parsley heads up Human Resources for Saft America, Inc. leading the development of workforce strategies for the startup of a $220 Million Lithium Ion battery manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, FL in 2011. Alan has taken a leadership role in the Jacksonville community where he is Vice Chairman of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium and serves on the Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturer’s Association as well as Executive Member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.

Prior to joining Saft, Alan spent 20 years with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, North America where he was part of the startup of the company’s first North American auto manufacturing operation in Georgetown, Ky. Alan moved from manufacturing management at the plant to Human Resources and ultimately was assigned to lead HR initiatives for all North American facilities from the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.