John A. Saathoff

John A. Saathoff

Saathoff & Associates

Mr. Saathoff's experience in manufacturing and operations improvement encompasses a broad range of processes, products and markets, from packaged consumer goods and pharmaceuticals to communications and electronics.  He has an internal consulting background with Fortune 500 companies and is a Certified Associate of the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute.  He is recognized as a facilitator and consultant for the principles and techniques of the Toyota Production System.  His manufacturing, materials management, logistics, and project management experience is international in scope, covering Europe and the Far East as well as the US.

Mr. Saathoff is principal of Saathoff & Associates, a consulting practice established to improve the bottom line of mid- to large-sized organizations by identifying and implementing the techniques of “lean thinking” and the solutions of “constraints management.”  These techniques accelerate improvement in manufacturing, supply chain, product development, and other core logistics and project management processes.

Most recently, Mr. Saathoff worked with the Harris Corporation as Director of Manufacturing Productivity, where his initiatives and consulting support were key elements in the continual reductions of manufacturing cycle time, equipment losses, development time to market, and assets employed.

He has been affiliated with the Revlon Health Care Group, ITT Europe, Amoco, and Procter & Gamble.  He is expert in guiding entire project teams in implementing key applications of the Theory of Constraints, particularly in production, project management, organizational development, and strategic planning.  He has led successful initiatives in lean manufacturing and Kaizen, Just-in-Time and total productive maintenance, production and inventory management, supply chain and distribution management, cycle time reduction, and process characterization and redesign.

Mr. Saathoff is a member of APICS and its Constraints Management SIG and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  He is active in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, currently serving on the program committee of the AME annual conference in November 2000.  He is an examiner for the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing.


Master of Business Administration (1999), Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina