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Airbus Visits – Getafe Plant

Written on May 26, 2015 by Campus Life in Professional

On 5th of March a group of 30 students from MIM and IMBA went to visit the Airbus plant in Getafe close to Madrid. The group was escorted by two professors of IE, Angel Diaz and Sharada Vindran from the Operations department.
Airbus is leading company in the aeronautic sector and produces the aircrafts A320, A330, A350 XWB, A340 and the gigantic A380. Aircrafts are complex products, integrating hundreds of thousands of components.
The visit started at 3pm with a general introduction of the company and the complexity of its supply chain. In fact Airbus has many plants across Europe were the components are manufactured and just two final assembly lines (FAL) were the aircrafts are assembled (Toulose and Hamburg).

After the introduction the group was escorted by the responsible of the visit, Mr. Angel Gomez to the first facility for the military aircraft conversion. In fact the Getafe Facility is deputed to reconvert civil aircrafts – used for air transport passengers – into military use such as tanker. Tankers are airplanes that can refuel other aircrafts on flight without any stop on the ground.
That day there was an A330 (civil setting) under the process of conversion. The group had the opportunity to meet the blue collars and addressing several questions especially regarding the time needed to convert completely the aircraft and all the supply chain of the components.

After leaving the military part of the Getafe plant the group visited the facilities where the horizontal tail planes (HTP) for the A380, A350XWB and A320 are assembled. The Getafe plant represents in the aeronautic panorama an excellence since the use of composite material to produce components – such as
the HTP- is a common practice. A supplier in Illescas produces the components made from composite materials. Considering the difficulty of the composite material production and its huge quantity needed, a lean approach is used by Airbus which as to assemble all the components in a HTP and the supplier which has to guarantee high quality of the product.

The visit lasted two hours and a half and the students were really impressed by the complexity of the supply chain considering all the factors in play. The visit, thankfully with the collaboration of the IE professors, represented a real application of what the IE students – during the Operations and Supply chain  courses- are used to studying.


Entrepreneurship on the Field: Operations Club Start-Up

Written on May 26, 2015 by Campus Life in Professional

We often are taught at IE Business School how to start new businesses, but most of the times these exercises remain dreambooks with financial projections and business models, which will never find a real implementation.

The re-start-up of the operations club after a period of quiescence was a real life exercise, which gave me a flavour of a real start-up!

I was not alone in this exercise and I was not even the first one to accept this challenge from Professor Angel Diaz. I was, though, the first IMBA student, who decided to join a group of three brave MIMs, who had just re-initiated the activity of the operations club: Marcos Arismendy Gomez Espinal, Nicole Guillante, and Valentina Castro Oviedo.

I first met them at the end of 2014, exactly on 24/11/2014 at the IE club fair, but we could not speak too much in that occasion, because of the crowd and the confusion.

We had shortly the possibility to meet, in order to plan the new activities of the reborn operations club.

We were not starting from scratch, but it was difficult to recompose the pieces of what had been done in the past. The professor Angel Diaz helped us greatly stimulating with ideas, opening his almost endless book of contacts and directing our priorities.

Shortly also Luca Amadei joined the group and facilitated the organization especially of the Airbus visit due to his experience in the field.

Results of our planning activities up to now have been: the organization of a professional forum with the Santander Operations Vice President exposing the strategy of his company in terms of operations management (22/01/2015), lean service workshop (17/02/2015), Airbus factory visit (05/03/2015), Danone Factory Visit (28/04/2015).

Apart from factory visits, the club has worked on the development of a place where to exchange professional experiences over operations, for professional working in the field and it is now ready to be launched for the .

Being able to organize all these activities is pretty impressive in a short period of time and we need certainly to thank the commitment of all the club participants and of Angel Diaz for his continuous support and stimulus. There is always room for improvement, but it is really positive to do it starting from the current point.

Now that Luca and I are graduating, the club is managing to attract new officers, Valerio Cifola and Rohan Trikha, two IMBAs from November 2014 Intake, to help out in the organization of the activities.

I encourage who is interested into operations to get in contact with the current officers and/or to search for Operations club in the  so that you can get information on the club current and future activities.


“Offshore wind energy is more than onshore in the water”

Written on December 10, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

November 28, 2013. Madrid, Spain – IE Operations Management Club has organized an event with Bruno Oroz, Senior Purchasing Manager of Iberdrola Engineering and construction to present the Purchasing Model and a particular approach followed for the Offshore Wind Farm Projects at IBERDOLA.

bruno orozBruno explained the general vision, the electric utility business model of Iberdrola and also its journey to become one among the world’s 5th largest electric utility business players. In continuation, he further drilled to state that they buy Materials and Equipment which form 80% of their CAPEX, varying on the Economic situation. Also some basic concepts of the purchasing, the purchasing process, systems, organization and KPIs were illustrated with visuals. Bruno states “Iberdrola successfully implements a transparent purchasing process with the balanced collaboration between the technical and purchasing teams. This allows the whole process to minimize the subjectivity factors associated with the purchasing decision”. This fueled the audience to realize the value of the Iberdrola’s Centralized purchasing structure that enables to have a clear purchasing strategy ensuring that this strategy aligns with the mission of the Purchasing Division of Iberdrola, and therefore making the future acquisitions/business expansions more efficient.

Later on, Bruno explained the particular case of an offshore wind farm, its differences from a conventional project,bruno oroz 2 its difficulties, key players, and possible approach. Following this, he exemplified the case with the Castor Project, a submarine natural gas storage facility in the east coast of Spain, near Valencia, able to contain 1.3 Billion cubic meters of gas: 3 months consumption of the Spanish region of Valencia. He also emphasized on the bottlenecks and challenges to be handled while managing the purchase of the Topside +Jacket and vessel for the installation of offshore projects. The presentation ended with the realistic demonstration of the S-Curve applied for the Wind farm projects.


IE Operations Management Club’s Visit to DHL Quer

Written on November 15, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

Visita DHLNovember 8, 2013. Madrid, Spain – IE Operations Management Club has organized a visit to DHL Quer (DHL – Calle Vega del Henares, hall 1, 19209 Quer, Guadalajara) to have a hands on understanding of the Lean management at DHL logistics services business in relation to the presentation delivered by Mr. Antonio on 18th October at IE campus.

Visita DHL 2Mr. Antonio lead the visit with an introduction to the DHL factory and also provided the safety jackets, shoes and other elements required for a safe entry to the floor. At the plant, the operators were so helpful to take some time out of their regular work hours and explain the various stages of the implementation of Lean practices and continuous improvement in their daily job. The operators mentioned the various metrics like productivity, error rate, quality and availability used to track the overall plant performance on daily basis. These metrics were also updated on the dashboards to comply with the Kaizen philosophy.

Later on, the DHL team also introduced IE students to the Root cause analysis topic. The IE team gained insights on the live implementation of DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) that is applied at the plant. This visit was very thoughtful and a great learning experience for the IE student group.

Bharath Kumar (IE Operations Management Club President) and Alvaro Buitrago Alvaro (IE Operations Management Club Alumni Advisor) along with the IE student group expressed their gratitude to Mr. Antonio and team for their extended warm welcome and knowledge sharing session at the practical level.


DHL2October 18, 2013. Madrid, Spain – IE Operations Management Club has organized an event with Antonio Andrés, Business Process Optimization & Account Manager, DHL- Supply Chain to present the Lean management and Continuous Improvement techniques in logistics services business.

Antonio explained the evolution of the continuous improvement practices at the DHL World of supply chain and logistics. He also explained us “The need to focus on process improvement and integration of First Choice in the organization as First Choice is a continuous improvement process that applies to all levels of management, processes and all employees of the group”. He also explained the practical application of the full DMAIC cycle (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) as part of the continuous improvement process.

Dhl ConferenceLater on, the customized tool to track the continuous improvement initiatives at DHL has also been explained in detail to illustrate how defects are minimized by the operations team using the Bottom up approach. Antonio also shared his valuable insights on the various case studies on the application of lean techniques at Ontígola. This includes the Unilever case study where Antonio explained the Root Cause analysis, error minimization, Process optimization, and Layout definition. Following this, the improvements achieved as result of Lean implementation has been shown to make the audience to understand the importance of Linking Business Objectives with targets on team level.

Bharath Kumar (IE Operations Management Club President) and Alvaro Buitrago Alvaro (IE Operations Management Club Alumni Advisor) along with the audience applauded Antonio for his knowledge sharing and innovative ideas provoking discussion.

Antonio has vast experience in the domain of Supply Chain, Process optimization and Possesses 10+ years of professional experience with DHL in Iberia where he is Responsible for process optimization and account management, being part of the Direction Committee of Retail. He also manages all continuous improvement initiatives assuring they are making under DMAIC methodology and also in charge of implement the Lean Thinking and Management in all Retail´s sites.

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