Steve Wardleworth

WardleworthPrincipal: Wardleworth Consulting, LLC

Steve’s extensive global reach in manufacturing, engineering, supply and business leadership enables him to bring over 30 years of experience in varying industries. A true advocate of lean principles with a business mind, Steve is constantly looking for ways to increase the top line and decrease total costs. He has successfully turned around both private companies and divisions of public corporations. Spending 15 years on three continents with Cummins Engine Company and most recently with private Minnesota and Wisconsin based manufacturers, as well as U.S. based public companies on supply strategy, his reputation is a no-nonsense approach to being better today than you were yesterday. Steve’s motto of “Don’t Try Just Do” encompasses his work and life experiences on four continents and having conducted business and negotiations around the globe bringing a perspective that is always ethical, imaginative and one that drives change and success.

Areas of expertise:

–Operational management, continuous improvement, quality improvements and customer led delivery systems. Cost efficiency and productivity improvements.
–Lean improvements, introduction of 5S programs in a matter of fact manner, use of Kaizen and six sigma tools.
–Supply chain strategy and development of negotiation processes and tools to ensure fair and balanced outcomes.
–Change management, understanding the culture and understanding how to make change stick, and able to lead turn arounds with empathy for all stakeholders.

Steve holds Mechanical Engineering qualifications from the University of South Australia with a Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management from Danbury College, London, UK and an MBA from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

For more information please visit or contact Steve at:

Phone: 763-221-3399
wardleworth consulting

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