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simpleQuE Consulting Team Member

Louis French

Consultant, Auditor and Trainer

Louis French performs consulting, auditing and training for simpleQuE in Quality, Environmental and Safety management systems.  He is also a third party lead auditor to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 and IATF 16949 across a wide variety of industries.

Work Experience

Louis has 12 years of manufacturing and management systems experience developed while at Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems and ThyssenKrupp Steel Services (a tier 1 automotive company).  At the latter, he was responsible for the Quality Management System and quality support personnel at three manufacturing sites.  He developed, implemented and maintained divisional quality systems to include certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/TS 16949. He led all ISO and TS audit teams as well as audits of suppliers and outsourced operations.  He led and was involved with continuous improvement activities, including 5S, Lean, Six Sigma and the development of key performance indicators for performance improvement.

ISO Quality Management Systems

At Northrup Grumman, Louis led over 50 Lean projects, which resulted in over $150K in hard cost savings and thousands of hours in throughput time soft-savings which increased on-time shipments from 60% to greater than 90%. Louis conducted lean manufacturing training for all employees and led the company to become the corporate benchmark for Lean Manufacturing and traveled throughout the US performing implementation activities and consulting for sister Aerospace companies.  In addition, he performed ISO 9001 internal audits and assisted with the management of the Quality System and all functions of ISO 9001.

Environmental, Health and Safety Systems

As EHS Manager at Northrup Grumman, he led multiple facility sites through comprehensive corporate EHS audits which all resulted in the highest green passing ratings. Louis was responsible for all EHS program management and developed EHS procedures and documentation, conducted all training, monitored exposure levels, served as spill containment and emergency response commander, and insured compliance with all regulatory agencies.  He also provided EHS consulting, training and audit preparation for several other sites.

Certificates and Training

  • ISO 9001 Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor, ISO 9001:2015
  • ISO 14001 Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor, ISO 14001:2015
  • OHSAS 18001 Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor, ISO 45001:2018
  • ISO/TS 16949 Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, IATF 16949:2016
  • ISO 19011:2018 Training
  • Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Manufacturing – Master Practitioner

“Knowledge, support, and flexibility. SimpleQue worked very hard to find an available auditor late in the transition process, and he was extremely thorough and helpful.”    Indiana Precision Forge

Education

Louis earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

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