Kai-Oliver Zander

Principal

Education

Texas Tech University, Lubbock (TX), USA
Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering
Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
M.Eng. in Engineering and Management

Past Experience

Lumics (JV between McKinsey and Lufthansa Technik)
Senior Consultant

Kai-Oliver is a Principal based in the Frankfurt office and part of the Operations Strategy & Transformation Practice in Central Europe.

A major focus of Kai-Oliver’s consulting work is the client’s radical but sustainable transformation to highly productive organizations. He has a strong functional focus on process improvement via lean management, business process digitization, or radical simplification. Further, Kai-Oliver supported several clients in solving complex supply chain management issues by successfully linking supply chain strategy to efficient operations. He has strong experience in advising clients in the aviation and the consumer goods industry.

Kai-Oliver developed and published several thought-pieces on topics such as lean management or supply chain optimization and design underlining his strong functional expertise in these areas.

He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. In his private time, he is passionate about traveling, bike riding, and skiing in the mountains.
 

Recent Publications

The sustainable and highly productive supply chain
At the same time, national and international sustainability laws and initiatives require a fundamental shift within global supply chains. It is clear that organizations require a strategic framework that supports decision makers in creating supply chain value by synchronizing supply chain layers beyond short-term and reactive crisis management.
Integrated planning in metals & mining
Over the past decade, heavily invested projects from metals, mining, and other industrial companies have transformed and optimized functional processes – standardizing operations within ERP systems and enriching systems with data through modern digital tools. Such key functional area optimization produced solid economic benefits. Opportunities for more value remain via optimal interfaces between different functions that, locally optimized, are still siloed and do not provide substantial productivity improvement.
Actions for post-crisis supply chain recovery
Every day more countries alarm the world with new COVID-19 cases. As a result, many countries are closing their borders and imposing social-distancing measures on their people. Naturally, global and local companies are affected as their workforces and supply chains are cut off. The first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak showed organizations’ ability to pull out well-prepared contingency plans to respond and adapt to the new reality quickly.
Nuclear Lean
Nuclear power plant owners are hesitant to pursue life extension projects, and in some cases, are even shutting down their plants. As plants age and safety requirements inflate costs of life extension projects, nuclear plant owners often do not find these projects an attractive business case. This, combined with lack of political support, fear of national nuclear phaseouts, and competition from other (often renewable) energy sources, has forced the premature shutdown of several nuclear plants across the world. Arthur D.

Kai-Oliver is a Principal based in the Frankfurt office and part of the Operations Strategy & Transformation Practice in Central Europe.

A major focus of Kai-Oliver’s consulting work is the client’s radical but sustainable transformation to highly productive organizations. He has a strong functional focus on process improvement via lean management, business process digitization, or radical simplification. Further, Kai-Oliver supported several clients in solving complex supply chain management issues by successfully linking supply chain strategy to efficient operations. He has strong experience in advising clients in the aviation and the consumer goods industry.

Kai-Oliver developed and published several thought-pieces on topics such as lean management or supply chain optimization and design underlining his strong functional expertise in these areas.

He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. In his private time, he is passionate about traveling, bike riding, and skiing in the mountains.
 

Recent Publications

The sustainable and highly productive supply chain
At the same time, national and international sustainability laws and initiatives require a fundamental shift within global supply chains. It is clear that organizations require a strategic framework that supports decision makers in creating supply chain value by synchronizing supply chain layers beyond short-term and reactive crisis management.
Integrated planning in metals & mining
Over the past decade, heavily invested projects from metals, mining, and other industrial companies have transformed and optimized functional processes – standardizing operations within ERP systems and enriching systems with data through modern digital tools. Such key functional area optimization produced solid economic benefits. Opportunities for more value remain via optimal interfaces between different functions that, locally optimized, are still siloed and do not provide substantial productivity improvement.
Actions for post-crisis supply chain recovery
Every day more countries alarm the world with new COVID-19 cases. As a result, many countries are closing their borders and imposing social-distancing measures on their people. Naturally, global and local companies are affected as their workforces and supply chains are cut off. The first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak showed organizations’ ability to pull out well-prepared contingency plans to respond and adapt to the new reality quickly.
Nuclear Lean
Nuclear power plant owners are hesitant to pursue life extension projects, and in some cases, are even shutting down their plants. As plants age and safety requirements inflate costs of life extension projects, nuclear plant owners often do not find these projects an attractive business case. This, combined with lack of political support, fear of national nuclear phaseouts, and competition from other (often renewable) energy sources, has forced the premature shutdown of several nuclear plants across the world. Arthur D.

More About Kai-Oliver
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock (TX), USA
    Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering
  • Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    M.Eng. in Engineering and Management
  • Lumics (JV between McKinsey and Lufthansa Technik)
    Senior Consultant