Jim Schmidt
Vice President
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Jim is a Vice President in Oliver Wyman’s Automotive and Manufacturing Industries Practice based in Detroit. For over 20 years he has been responsible for managing and growing The Harbour Report®, an annual cooperative benchmarking study focused on measuring and improving manufacturing plant productivity and performance for automotive manufacturers worldwide. Jim’s responsibilities include recruiting and onboarding new participants of the study with emphasis on Europe and China, leading the project and database development teams, and facilitating annual working groups to develop new methodology and metrics for emerging industry topics such as measuring manufacturing ecosystems, electric vehicles, battery pack assembly, and electric engine manufacturing.

With the opportunity to assess over 350 automotive, commercial vehicle, and supplier manufacturing operations during his career, Jim leads Harbour Report global plant tours and shares observations and improvement opportunities with plant leadership. Jim facilitates the report’s benchmarking data and plant exchanges to ensure equity and fairness, and presents key findings, analysis, and recommendations for improvement to senior manufacturing leadership and C-suite executives.

Approaching 30 years of automotive consulting experience complimented with positions at a major automotive OEM and Tier I supplier, Jim has led consulting engagements in a variety of topics such as plant organizational structures, component and services sourcing strategies, material and logistics engineering, manufacturing due diligence, and brownfield and greenfield plant assessments. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.