The Appointment of Andy Elms as Head of Manufacturing

The management team at SMS – Smart Made Simple, are delighted to announce that Andy Elms has been selected as their ‘Head of Manufacturing’ for their Nottingham based facility.

As the U.K.’s leading Electronics Manufacturing Service Provider (EMS), SMS is recognised by its customers and industry peers for its performance, reliability and brand superiority, which makes enhancing the team during a period of growth, essential.

Andy’s appointment will support the strategic growth of SMS – Smart Made Simple, and he will report directly into the Board of Directors, with the position being effective from Monday 3rd of September 2018.

Andy will be responsible for all things ‘operations’, including, but not exclusive to; manufacturing operations, Material Management, H&S, facility process improvements, lean projects, and quality control.

Andy’s most recent position was Regional Manager, Manufacturing Assembly & Aftermarket Repair Solutions for Panalpina, based in Dubai, UAE.  In this role, Andy was the client’s primary technical interface for manufacturing and aftermarket reverse logistics, initiating various process led tools to measure operational performance and yield.  Prior to Panalpina, Andy held a senior role within the multi-billion EMS organisation Foxconn.  During his 11 years with Foxconn, Andy held various management positions, from PCBA Manufacturing Engineering & Quality Manager to Operations Manager of the Repair and Refurbishment Centre, through to EMEA Business Development Manager.  These diverse, yet operationally linked roles equipped Andy with a wealth of experience, expertise, and know-how of an EMS environment from many perspectives, providing him with a holistic view of industry dynamics.

Commenting on his new position, Andy stated; “I am passionate about building, growing and improving key customer accounts by empowering teams through; coaching, mentoring, driving a

culture of continuous improvement and implementing best practices at all levels of the company.  I am looking forward to entering SMS – Smart Made Simple and rolling up my sleeves to get the job done.  The company has such a strong reputation in the U.K. market for quality, on-time delivery, the speed of NPI design, development, and distribution, therefore I am coming in to streamline the operations, add efficiency improvements where required, and continue to delight the customer”

Andrew Maddock, CEO, SMS – Smart Made Simple, added to Andy’s comments; “Andy is a highly motivated senior operations manager, with 20+ years of strategic leadership experience in high tech manufacturing and aftermarket product repair and refurbishment services.  He holds a proven track record for success, therefore we are both excited and delighted to welcome Andy to our team, and with his credentials and skills, we are looking forward to our smart future.”

Andy studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering and holds numerous training and development certificates of achievement for Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, New Product Introduction, Account Management, and Quality Assurance, to name but a few.