Nick Grabar has over 35 years of experience that includes training and development management, operations management, quality management, and internal consultant for TQM-team-based systems at Eastman Chemical Company. As Manager of Learning Systems and Performance Consulting with Eastman University, he implemented a leadership development system including a 360-feedback system; created a corporate competency-based management system; supported the design and implementation of new corporate structure of global strategic business units.
During his tenure as Manager of the Quality and Manufacturing Staff at Tennessee Eastman (7000 person site), he managed the improvement planning process for the Quality and People Key Result Areas; supported Advantaged Cost key initiative reducing the cost structure by $500 million/year; implemented a supplemental staffing plan to minimize use of full-time employees and rely more on outsourcing. Nick supported the work system design of new plants in the UK, Mexico, Spain, and Argentina as well as redesign of existing domestic sites.
Nick supported the process leading to Eastman becoming the winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1993 and 10 Best Plants Award in 1991. He provided executive briefings on TQM and empowerment for US Postal Service, Delta Airlines, Milliken, and conducted site visits to Tennessee Eastman for customers and suppliers interested in learning about team-based organization structures and processes.
While an independent consultant, Nick designed and conducted an Executive Management Retreat for a $1 billion international service sector company; facilitated a Senior Management Development Conference for an international professional service firm; planned and facilitated an assessment and improvement of a team-based system for major auto company; consulted on the organization redesign of a government intelligence agency; and benchmarked best practices for organizations going through a spin into two companies.