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#126: Making an Impact in Finance with Lean Six Sigma Process Improvements – Strength In The Numbers #126: Making an Impact in Finance with Lean Six Sigma Process Improvements – Strength In The Numbers

#126: Making an Impact in Finance with Lean Six Sigma Process Improvements

with Ben Wann

Our Guest Mentor:

Ben Wann is an operational controller at Groupe Savencia, and was recently nominated as a finance professional to watch out for in 2019. He is passionate about finding dynamic solutions to complex problems and Ben just can’t stop learning and what’s even better he wants to pass his learnings on to you. Ben has created a course on Udemy.com called “Master Business Process Improvement AND Process Mapping” and he frequently shares his point of view in posts on LinkedIn. He also asks the tough questions on where finance and accounting are heading to his network encouraging all of you to learn together with him.

Ben also holds CPA and CMA designations, as well as an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He is based out of Cochranville Pennsylvania, USA.

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • The importance of getting complete buy-in on your projects.
  • The advantages and benefits of job-hopping.
  • The mentality of six sigma and continuous improvement.
  • A walk through of a six sigma project.

Time Stamped Show Notes

[01:48] – Ben shares his career journey from graduating as an accountant, to a rotating development programme, why a job is not for life, cost accounting, SAP.

[03:15] – His Lean Six Sigma Project reducing 99% of cost centre errors at his plant before rolling it out across North America.

[04:20] – The hard lessons Ben experienced on corporate politics and leadership not following through on commitments.

[05:33] – The importance of getting complete buy-in on your projects.

[09:00] – Redesigning gruelling work.

[10:45] – Moving from blue chips to a family owned mushroom farm.

[12:02] – How a business partnering mindset gets you hired and what that looks like.

[12:53] – The advantages and benefits of job-hopping in the right culture.

[16:30] – The standout moment from his career.

[17:22] – The mentality of six sigma and continuous improvement.

[22:04] – A walk through of what a lean six sigma project looks like.

[27:20] – How to learn six sigma and apply it with finance.

[29:05] – What’s exciting Ben about his current work at the moment and his Udemy course on process improvement.

[30:05] – The resources Ben recommends finance professionals check out.

[31:12] – How best to connect with Ben.

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