Richard Kropman

Current: Manager of Operations at Liberty Home Services (

An innovative, result-driven Industrial Engineer passionate to challenge the status quo, with solid experience using continuous improvement methods, mentoring and motivating teams, fostering alliances with all levels of management. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

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  • Position: Strategic Business Innovation Leader
  • Contact: Linkedin
  • Country: Canada, Ontario

    Lean and continuous Improvement toolbox:
    1. Best Operating Practices training materials
    2. Mentoring of self directed work teams
    3. Kaizen events
    4. Reduction of change over times
    5. Implementation of OEE systems
    6. Ergonomic studies
    7. Process mapping
    8. Total Production Maintenance Facilitator
    9. Autonomous Maintenance program
    10. Six sigma black belt training
    11. Root cause analysis, fish- bone, 5 why's
    12. Capacity planning, scheduling and simulation of what if scenario’s
    13. 5S programs

    Supply Chain experience:
    1. Managed generic drug exports and product launches to Europe
    2. Commercialization of new products from R&D to re-launch of exiting products for improved efficiency.
    3. Team member implementing Class A MRPII supply chain management
    4. Managed the planning / distribution function for SABMiller with the following responsibilities:
    a. Managed inventory for third party warehouses and company owned distribution centers
    b. Managed sales forecasting and sales promotions events with the Trade Marketing team
    c. Scheduled production for three breweries and managed inside sales
    5. Developed strategies for SABMiller to optimize production and distribution costs through rationalization of production facilities, transport logistics and third party distributor

    Management experience:
    1. Managed a planning department of 6 people
    2. Created a process improvement team of 12 engineers and technicians
    3. Managed production teams from 35 to 150 unionized personnel
    4. Project management of new equipment installations from RFP to final training of operators.

    Technical expertise:
    1. Professional engineer with BSc. and MSc in Industrial Engineering.
    2. Strong analytical skills in planning, scheduling, sales forecasting and logistics
    3. Excellent team leader skills with emphasis on creating win-win alliances
    4. Projects launched on time, in budget and on plan

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