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Maarten Van Elsen

Operational Excellence Strategist & Architect

Kan reizen naar Mechelen

  • 51.0281
  • 4.4803
  • Indicatief tarief €750 / Dag
  • Werkervaring 7+ jaar
  • Antwoordpercentage 100%
  • Antwoordtijd 24 uur
Een opdracht voorstellen De opdracht kan alleen van start gaan nadat je de offerte van Maarten hebt geaccepteerd.

Parttime , 1 dag per week

Een opdracht voorstellen De opdracht kan alleen van start gaan nadat je de offerte van Maarten hebt geaccepteerd.

Locatie en reizen

Mechelen, België
Kan bij je op kantoor werken in
  • Mechelen en 50 km rondom


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  • Nederlands

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  • Engels

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  • Frans



Vaardigheden  (45)

Maarten in het kort

Seasoned Operational Excellence Generalist contributing to a healthier society.

I like to exceed expectations and deliver lasting results through a combination of continuous improvement & energising teams.
Creating a win-win (lasting impact on results & seeing people's happiness) makes me tick.

Passionate about well-being, excellence, continuous improvement, human performance & connecting dots.

"Less is more" is a motto I live by. That's great for you too:
  • cheaper,
  • faster,
  • increased adoption &
  • easier maintenance.

For example, I have given a half-day training in project management focusing on the project charter. By the end, the participants had a project charter for their own project. Such a pragmatic approach sticks better than a week-long training where participants get an overload of information, which they will soon forget because they cannot apply it in the short term.

  • Six Sigma
  • Lean
  • Business Process Management (BPM)
  • Quality assurance, Quality control, ISO 9001
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Document Management & Knowledge Management
  • Agile: Scrum
  • Human dynamics: human error, change management, creativity
  • IT: Excel, PowerPoint & TEAMs (Microsoft SharePoint)

Some projects I worked on
  • HR: Just Culture, Salary administration, absenteeism
  • Production: installation, modification & validation of production lines, reliability, quality, speed & cost improvements
  • Logistics: inventory management
  • Quality: Hold & release processes, acceptance sampling, ISO 9001 certification, Statistics for FDA audit, LIMS
  • Other: Taxonomy, Web-based reporting tool, recovery rate gowning in clean room

It is thanks to the role of being an internal consultant in larger organisations that I had the privilege of working on such a broad range of projects.

I am eager to pass on my service and contribute to your purpose.



Ithaki CommV

Consultancy & auditing


Flemish Region, Belgium

augustus 2021 - Vandaag (9 maanden)

Hands-on support for leaders on an improvement journey Coaching, training, consultancy, co-creation & workshops
  • Continuous improvement
  • Simplification
  • Business Process Management
  • Strategy
  • Leadership Development (Vulnerable leadership, balance, ...)
  • Agile, Scrum, Sociocracy, self-managing teams, ...
  • Innovation
  • ...

Etex Building Performance

Primaire sector

CI & Training Mgr

Tisselt, Belgium

september 2019 - april 2021 (1 jaar en 7 maanden)

Strengthen the plant leadership team to grow towards world class manufacturing. Projects span a variety of domains including Leader Standard Work, Employee Engagement, HR administration, 5S, Visual Management, Autonomous Maintenance, Strategy Deployment, ...

Pfizer - PFIZER

Pharmaceutische industrie

Project Lead Six Sigma & Human Performance


oktober 2018 - augustus 2019 (10 maanden)

Strengthen the Operational Excellence team in areas of Lean, Six Sigma, Human Performance and Centers of Excellence (Imex). Main activities
  • Business & functional analysis for sample management within LabWare LIMS implementation
  • Lead of Cost Improvement program
  • Optimisation of HR processes through focus on small improvements & ownership
  • Rationalisation of sampling (reducing redundant sample amounts & harmonising sample data bases)
  • Study to improve recovery rate personnel monitoring
  • Manage team of "method analysts" (recipes & routings in SAP)
  • Trainer FMEA & Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Terumo Europe

Medische sector

Operational Excellence Manager

Brussels Area, Belgium

januari 2018 - oktober 2018 (9 maanden)

Responsible for the development and execution of the operational excellence program for the production facility in Haasrode, Belgium.
  • Managing the portfolio of continuous improvement projects
  • Managing the equipment maintenance
  • Owner statistical methods for manufacturing
  • Building an OpEx Culture

Kellogg Company


QA Manager


mei 2017 - december 2017 (7 maanden)

Responsible for all Quality Assurance related matters (excluding Food Safety)
  • Quality Control
  • Lab
  • Hold & Release
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • Documentation (Formula cards, manufacturing standards, packing standards, etc)
  • Supplier quality
  • Complaints
  • Project validations
  • Trials
  • 6 Sigma Methodology (DMAIC)

Kellogg Company


Material & Process Optimisation Manager


juni 2015 - mei 2017 (1 jaar en 11 maanden)

Building further on my previous role focusing on the innovation & capability part to deliver extra value to the business. Links closely to Continuous Improvement & Lean Six Sigma. Team counts 6 people. We provide support to Operations, Quality Control, Supplier Quality Assurance, Engineering & R&D. There is a balance between
(i) executing own (complex) projects
(ii) coaching team members & others
(iii) providing training &
(iv) developing methodologies within the Kelloggs Work Systems (KWS) framework Contributor KWS Centers of Excellence:
  • CoE Process Optimisation Mechelen Lead
  • WP Fully Documented Processes - global lead
  • CoE Continuous Optimisation Mechelen team member
  • CoE People center team member
  • CoE Integreted Project Delivery, WP Kellogg Start-Up Mgmt, toolbox kPerformance - Internal consultant

Kellogg Company


QA - MPD Dept. Mgr


maart 2014 - mei 2015 (1 jaar en 2 maanden)

Owner of the pipeline of projects in supply chain for Mechelen plant that improve the cost structure, are not customer / consumer noticeable and change current materials and/or processes. Gate keeper for all other projects that impact materials and/or processes in Mechelen plant.

Kellogg Company


Pringles Project Leader

juni 2012 - februari 2014 (1 jaar en 8 maanden)

Leading innovation projects focusing on net weight control, capacity increase & flexibility

Procter & Gamble


Project Engineer

februari 2007 - mei 2012 (5 jaren en 3 maanden)

Hand Dish Wash + Pringles Packing lines installation, upgrades, replacements Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ukraine & Belgium

University of Leuven

PhD - laser manufacturing

University of Leuven

januari 2003 - januari 2007 (4 jaren)

Selective laser melting (3D printing method for metals) of TiAlV alloys for aerospace applications

Lesley Verdonck - LVMS bv


Maarten inspires you to improve your own workspace and to overthink the actions you are taking on a daily base. Having Maarten in your team is having an expert in your team who is taking an in-depth look at problems and who is proposing surprisingly simple solutions to complex problems. I really appreciated his structured approach combined with a human interest.

Johan Verhaeghe - HDB


Maarten is an enthusiastic and authentic person who works with his colleagues without prejudice. He was able to develop an operational excellence culture in an inspiring way and made statistics understandable for his audience, among other things. His analytical skills enable him to convert complex matter into practical solutions and to convey this to the people he works with in an insightful way.