Jim Schmidt is a Vice President in Oliver Wyman’s Automotive and Manufacturing Industries Practice and is based in the Detroit office. Since 1998 he has been responsible for managing The Harbour Report®, an annual cooperative benchmarking study focused on measuring and improving manufacturing plant productivity and performance for automotive manufacturers worldwide. His relationships with the manufacturers has expanded The Harbour Report® from a traditional North American and European focus to a global study including operations in Argentina, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, India and China. 

With 20 years of consulting experience complimented by several years working for a major automotive OEM and Tier I supplier, Jim has had the opportunity to assess over 300 automotive, commercial vehicle and supplier manufacturing operations. He has led a vast range of consulting engagements related to: plant organizational structures; component and services sourcing strategies; material and logistics engineering; manufacturing due diligences; and, brownfield and greenfield plant assessments.