transition resiliency: turning around poor execution


A defense contractor’s rapid growth and cost reduction strategies propelled an offshoring transition project.  The transferring of inventory parallel to production proved to be a complex challenge for Materials Management.  Within six months, leadership grew concerned of increased supply chain disruptions.  This crucial implementation required swift decision making and effective coordination.

The Objective

Ensure successful transition of production supporting $12M in annual sales alongside an inventory footprint of $2.5M

  • Maintain site goals such as On-time Delivery (OTD) and Inventory Reduction
  • Complete transfer of 30 complex manufacturing builds


We quickly outline a detailed, step by step path forward and communicated across the entire organization

  • Interviewed and assisted stakeholders for development of future state, including key external supply chain partners
  • Drove information flow and focus across multiple functions and levels
  • Performed cycle counting and E&O review prior to packing and physical relocation
  • Continuously monitored KPI’s


  • Maintained 88% OTD
  • Reduced WIP inventory by 14% from previous year
  • Successfully transferred all manufacturing builds across international lines