Bernd Schreiber

Managing Partner

Board of directors

Global Practice Leader, Operations Management

Education

Cooperative State University of Baden Wuerttemberg
Business Administration

Bernd is Partner based in our Frankfurt office and leads Arthur D. Little’s global Operations Management practice. He also leads our global Industry 4.0 activities and is member of our Digital Transformation & Analytics think tank.

His main areas of expertise cover strategy definition, operating model and organizational design, operational excellence, supply chain management, performance improvement, and transformation programs in a wide variety of industries. With his projects, Bernd helps our clients to anticipate future trends in operations. He designs innovative solutions and helps to transform businesses towards performance excellence across the value chain. 

For example, he has helped leading companies in automotive, transportation, energy and other industries to apply Industry 4.0 and digital technologies in operations to achieve quantum-leap efficiency gains, and as well as assisting them in generating value out of data. Applying digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, bots, collaborative robots, augmented reality, blockchain and additive manufacturing allows for EBIT improvement from 30% to 50%. Bernd has also helped various clients in transforming their supply chains and procurement from transaction-oriented units to value-generating functions, which delivers strategic impact for the companies’ competiveness.

Bernd has published our viewpoints in operations such as the “Future of Operations in the Digital World”, “Procurement 4.0”, and “Radical Simplification”. He is responsible for our flagship operations benchmark in procurement, supply chain and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Arthur D. Little, Bernd worked for 7 years in manufacturing companies in finance, controlling and supply chain management. 

Bernd is married, has two beautiful kids and enjoys family life in a fantastic and traditional wine region in Germany. Being a former enthusiastic handball player, Bernd experienced and believes in the success of team and fair play.

Recent Publications

It’s time for a supply chain recalibration
SUPPLY CHAIN VULNERABILITIES EXPOSED The economic turmoil across the globe has exposed significant vulnerabilities in supply chains. Companies’ networks have never been more complex or more susceptible to world economy dynamics. They have been tested both by supply and demand volatility as well as the digitalization of an increasing number of industries, which has driven demand for scarce components and raw materials. A lack of resilience has been made apparent, igniting a call for action to businesses worldwide to prepare for future disruptions.
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.
Extracting network operations efficiency in the post-COVID-19 era
How telecom operators can overcome complexity and demand challenges
Public procurement transformation in the GCC region – post-COVID-19 era
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.

Bernd is Partner based in our Frankfurt office and leads Arthur D. Little’s global Operations Management practice. He also leads our global Industry 4.0 activities and is member of our Digital Transformation & Analytics think tank.

His main areas of expertise cover strategy definition, operating model and organizational design, operational excellence, supply chain management, performance improvement, and transformation programs in a wide variety of industries. With his projects, Bernd helps our clients to anticipate future trends in operations. He designs innovative solutions and helps to transform businesses towards performance excellence across the value chain. 

For example, he has helped leading companies in automotive, transportation, energy and other industries to apply Industry 4.0 and digital technologies in operations to achieve quantum-leap efficiency gains, and as well as assisting them in generating value out of data. Applying digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, bots, collaborative robots, augmented reality, blockchain and additive manufacturing allows for EBIT improvement from 30% to 50%. Bernd has also helped various clients in transforming their supply chains and procurement from transaction-oriented units to value-generating functions, which delivers strategic impact for the companies’ competiveness.

Bernd has published our viewpoints in operations such as the “Future of Operations in the Digital World”, “Procurement 4.0”, and “Radical Simplification”. He is responsible for our flagship operations benchmark in procurement, supply chain and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Arthur D. Little, Bernd worked for 7 years in manufacturing companies in finance, controlling and supply chain management. 

Bernd is married, has two beautiful kids and enjoys family life in a fantastic and traditional wine region in Germany. Being a former enthusiastic handball player, Bernd experienced and believes in the success of team and fair play.

Recent Publications

It’s time for a supply chain recalibration
SUPPLY CHAIN VULNERABILITIES EXPOSED The economic turmoil across the globe has exposed significant vulnerabilities in supply chains. Companies’ networks have never been more complex or more susceptible to world economy dynamics. They have been tested both by supply and demand volatility as well as the digitalization of an increasing number of industries, which has driven demand for scarce components and raw materials. A lack of resilience has been made apparent, igniting a call for action to businesses worldwide to prepare for future disruptions.
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.
Extracting network operations efficiency in the post-COVID-19 era
How telecom operators can overcome complexity and demand challenges
Public procurement transformation in the GCC region – post-COVID-19 era
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.