Dr. Keith Schellenberger, LSS EMBB, PME, PMP, Management Consulting Expert in Chapel Hill, United States
Dr. Keith Schellenberger, LSS EMBB, PME, PMP

Management Consulting Expert in Chapel Hill, United States

Member since February 14, 2022
Keith has identified and delivered over $300 million in hard-dollar benefits through management consulting, project portfolio optimization, and strategic improvement projects. He is a results-driven certified Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Master Black Belt with 20+ years of proven success in leading organizations and teams, consulting, training, mentoring, and driving large cross-functional process improvements. Keith joined Toptal to help companies eliminate their most impactful pain points.
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Education

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Case studies

  • Margin and Profitability Improvements
    Margin and Profitability Improvements
  • Employee Training and Mentoring for LSS and Project Management Certifications
    Employee Training and Mentoring for LSS and Project Management Certifications
  • Facilitation of an Annual Strategic Planning and Hoshin Session
    Facilitation of an Annual Strategic Planning and Hoshin Session

Expertise

  • Business Cases
  • Business Transformation
  • Kaizen Facilitation
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Process Improvement
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Training & Mentoring
  • Transactional Lean

Employment

  • Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Master Black Belt & CEO

    2009 - PRESENT
    Lean Six Sigma Services
    • Founded and built my consulting company from the ground up to over $1 million in revenue.
    • Developed a prioritized Pareto analysis of possible transformation projects to reduce cost, increase revenue, decrease cycle time, and/or increase quality. Led the selected initiatives.
    • Built a forecast model for possible transformation initiatives and, for those chosen, estimated with 100% accuracy the impact to each KPI by month to a precision of 0.1.
    • Developed a cost of complexity model to optimize the trade-off of increasing revenue versus increasing costs for different service or product offerings, saving $7 million per year.
    • Mentored a program that reduced expenses by $19.4 million by reducing the unused products created.
    • Led a team that reduced the cost per product for the largest product line by 13%, saving the client $17.4 million per year.
    • Led Hoshin planning sessions with executive teams. Determined fiscal year strategies, success metrics, key projects, and targets and thresholds using statistical analysis that factored in random fluctuations.
    • Developed the plan and drove a client’s consulting organization to a Six Sigma operational status within six months of the start date—a faster ramp than any other organization in that global company ever achieved.
    • Trained, mentored, and developed 100+ candidates to achieve certifications, ranging from Yellow Belts to Master Black Belts. Developed and taught courses, such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt, PMP Certification, and Time Management.
    • Increased the rate of trained-to-certified LSS belts from 15% to 92% using intrusive mentoring.
    Focus areas: Business Case Analysis, Six Sigma Processes, Process Improvement, Key Performance Indicators Improvement, Management Consulting, Change Management, Project Management, Statistical Anaysis, Team Mentoring, Training, Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Lean Analytics, DMAIC methodoloigy, Hoshin Planning, Strategic Planning, 8 Wastes, Process Mapping, Process Design, Video Quality, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, Facilitation, Statistical Analysis, Balancing Metrics, Complexity Cube, Stakeholder Analysis, Strategy Mapping, Transformational Leadership, Fishbone Diagrams, 5 Whys, Pareto Analysis, Force Field Analysis, Six Sigma, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel Add-Ons, Visio, JMP, Minitab, Financial Analysis, Global Organizational Leadership, Statistics, Mathematical Modeling, Industrial Engineering, DMAIC methodology, DMADV methodology, Root Cause Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Lean, Lean Certified, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Forecasting, Business Cases, Package Enabled Business Transformation, Business Transformation, Stakeholder Management, Transformational Change, Lean Project Management, Agile Project Management, Work Out, Yield Management, Transactional Lean, Business Process Re-engineering, Training & Mentoring, Kaizen Facilitation, Statistical & Process Analysis, Business Analysis, Business Strategy, Business Processes, Business Process Analysis, Business Process Modeling, Operating Models, Omnichannel Marketing, Mentorship & Coaching, Project Leadership, Change Leadership, Data Analysis, Pareto Diagrams, Markov Model, M&A Modeling, Quality Control (QC), ROI, RFQ, Annual Planning, Annual Operating Plans, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supply Chain, Supply Chain Optimization, Corporate, Communication, People Management, Marketing, Strategy, IT Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), IT Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), System Integration, Financial Modeling
  • Lean Six Sigma Senior Consultant

    1998 - 2009
    IBM-Lenovo
    • Resolved business problems with LSS tools, methodologies, and projects.
    • Developed a cost of complexity model highlighted by Gartner as a supply chain best practice. Used the model to reduce supply chain costs by $13 million and product delivery cycle time.
    • Built and implemented a model that increased forecast accuracy by 106%, from 31% to 64%.
    • Drove cross-functional business improvements: engaged and motivated diverse groups with divergent paradigms and subcultures to embrace cross-functional changes.
    • Trained and mentored hundreds of students who then delivered quantified improvements based on the training and mentoring.
    • Reduced the average cycle time from order to manufacturing by 31%, from 17.5 to 12 hours.
    • Delivered a project $1 million under budget and four months early: integrated a new transportation management system (TMS) with legacy ERP and warehouse management systems (WMS).
    • Consolidated and integrated processes, systems, and legacy software from three merging companies.
    • Led seven multimillion-dollar external consulting engagements.
    • Achieved a 99% success rate for delivering LSS projects early or on time, on-scope, and under or on budget.
    Focus areas: Six Sigma Processes, Team Mentoring, Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Lean Analytics, Lean Certified, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Forecasting, Statistics, Process Improvement, Business Case Analysis, Business Cases, Financial Analysis, Management Consulting, Package Enabled Business Transformation, Business Transformation, Change Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Six Sigma, Microsoft Excel, Visio, JMP, Minitab, Facilitation, Training, Mathematical Modeling, Industrial Engineering, DMAIC methodology, DMADV methodology, Root Cause Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Key Performance Indicators Improvement, Statistical Anaysis, Leadership, Hoshin Planning, Strategic Planning, 8 Wastes, Process Mapping, Process Design, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, Balancing Metrics, Complexity Cube, Strategy Mapping, Transformational Leadership, Fishbone Diagrams, 5 Whys, Pareto Analysis, Force Field Analysis, Transformational Change, Lean Project Management, Agile Project Management, Work Out, Yield Management, Transactional Lean, Business Process Re-engineering, Training & Mentoring, Kaizen Facilitation, Statistical & Process Analysis, Business Analysis, Business Strategy, Business Processes, Business Process Analysis, Business Process Modeling, Operating Models, Omnichannel Marketing, Mentorship & Coaching, Project Leadership, Change Leadership, Data Analysis, Pareto Diagrams, Markov Model, M&A Modeling, Quality Control (QC), ROI, Annual Planning, Annual Operating Plans, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supply Chain, Supply Chain Optimization, Corporate, Communication, People Management, Consumer Products, Marketing, Strategy, IT Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), IT Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), System Integration, Financial Modeling
  • Director, Business Process Improvement

    1996 - 1998
    Sea-Land Services, Inc
    • Developed a process improvement and project management organization, methodologies, and templates.
    • Aligned process improvement portfolios with organizations' principles, objectives, and KPIs.
    • Led a global corporate work-out project sponsored by the CEO, reducing annual expenses by $40 million.
    • Optimized yield: Analysis included infrastructure, emerging markets, shipping lanes, and equipment balancing. Used a mixed-integer program and identified $31 million+ in yield opportunities.
    Focus areas: Business Case Analysis, Transformational Change, Change Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Financial Analysis, Portfolio Management, Program Management, Project Management, Lean Project Management, Agile Project Management, Facilitation, Work Out, Yield Management, Lean Analytics, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel Add-Ons, Training, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Six Sigma Processes, Statistical Analysis, DMAIC methodology, DMADV methodology, Root Cause Analysis, Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Key Performance Indicators Improvement, Statistical Anaysis, Team Mentoring, Leadership, Strategic Planning, 8 Wastes, Process Mapping, Process Design, Kaizen, Balancing Metrics, Strategy Mapping, Transformational Leadership, Fishbone Diagrams, Pareto Analysis, Force Field Analysis, Lean, Lean Certified, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Forecasting, Business Cases, Business Transformation, Transactional Lean, Business Process Re-engineering, Training & Mentoring, Kaizen Facilitation, Statistical & Process Analysis, Business Analysis, Business Strategy, Business Processes, Business Process Analysis, Business Process Modeling, Operating Models, Omnichannel Marketing, Mentorship & Coaching, Project Leadership, Change Leadership, Data Analysis, Pareto Diagrams, ROI, Annual Planning, Annual Operating Plans, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supply Chain, Supply Chain Optimization, Corporate, Communication, People Management, Strategy, IT Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), IT Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), System Integration, Financial Modeling
  • Senior Consultant

    1993 - 1995
    Metasys Inc.
    • Managed the development of optimization algorithms for MetaFreight 2.0.
    • Served as a key member of the consulting team that helped Levi Strauss redesign its supply chain.
    • Received a company-wide Employee of the Year Award for translating Levi Strauss' concerns and needs into the software supporting enhanced supply chain processes.
    Focus areas: Management Consulting, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supply Chain, Supply Chain Optimization, Business Processes, Business Process Analysis, Business Process Modeling, Mentorship & Coaching, Project Leadership, Change Leadership, Data Analysis, Pareto Diagrams, Communication, People Management, Consumer Products, IT Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), IT Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), System Integration

Education

  • PhD in Business Administration
    2013 - 2019
    Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale, Fl, USA
  • Masters of Science Degree in Operations Research
    1991 - 1993
    North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics
    1982 - 1986
    North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC, USA

Certifications

  • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
    OCTOBER 2006 - PRESENT
    SixSigma.us
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
    OCTOBER 2002 - OCTOBER 2024
    Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Business Transformation
    OCTOBER 1998 - PRESENT
    IBM

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