What you will be doing:
This company manufactures a range of paper and associated products including napkins, paper bags, waxed food-grade paper, biodegradable straws, packets of sugar, salt, and pepper, and, since 2020, toilet paper. In El Salvador they are the main supplier for major food brands such as KFC and Pizza Hut.
The company is experiencing significant manufacturing efficiency challenges. They are often behind schedule filling orders because they lack proper internal process flow, inventory controls, or a clear supply ordering system. Equipment maintenance has also been a challenge and the company frequently operates at half capacity as a result.
The leadership team is eager to make improvements, receive advice, and learn best practices from experts in process improvement so they can move to leaner and more efficient manufacturing, fill all orders in a timely manner, and meet current production demand.
As a Bpeace volunteer Skillanthropist, you will use your process improvement experience in the manufacturing industry to:
- Analyze, provide structure to and enhance the company’s production processes, inventory control, and production planning.
- Help the team identify inefficiencies and areas for improvement using international best practices in value chain mapping and/or lean manufacturing.
- Support the leadership team’s efforts to train and build a capable production team to run a lean, efficient plant by establishing standard operating procedures and ensuring their implementation.
- Introduce tools and procedures that will allow for improved input supply on the production floor and production checks for smoother operations.
The impact of your work will increase sales and reduce costs so the company can continue to create jobs that provide dignity as well as economic stability to their workers and community as a powerful alternative to violence.
Over the course of four months you will:
- Provide approximately 4 days of remote consulting advice delivered via weekly Zoom calls of approximately 2 hours each (preferably the same day/time each week), based on a schedule agreed upon between you and the business.
- Validate needs with the company and draft a scope of work. Bpeace staff will facilitate the initial conversations between you and your “client.”
More jobs are critical in El Salvador right now to help stem the flow of irregular migration. Small and medium businesses account for 60% of the economy. Steady employment provides legitimate alternatives for Salvadorans who would otherwise migrate or pursue illegal activities and gangs. Your advice and expertise will help these businesses create jobs and build a stable future for their workers and communities.
Where you will be doing it:
Remotely with a Bpeace staffer facilitating each consulting session to ensure engagement and continuity.
You are qualified if you:
- Have extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing, value chain mapping, and/or other manufacturing efficiency best practices.
- Can apply your experience to enhance the efficiency of an existing production plant.
- Enjoy sharing your knowledge of best practices in manufacturing used in the US and elsewhere.
- Can volunteer approximately 4 days between July and November to be a remote business advisor.
- Harbor passion for business and/or creating jobs in economically fragile El Salvador.
Starting July 2021
Discovery: 2-4 hours over the first 1-2 weeks
Project Work: 2-4 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks (32 hours total)
Follow-up: 1 hour a month for up to 4 months
Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity.