Think Creatively & Innovate: Ailish O’Donoghue

BK8A3386Ailish O’Donoghue, an accountant on the Finance team at Jabil Nypro Healthcare in Bray, Ireland, is no stranger to taking on a challenge. As the second place finalist in the Operational Excellence category at the 2015 Deliver Best Practices Competition, she represented a team that understands what it takes to efficiently streamline what most might see as a difficult process.

O’Donoghue and her team were able to think creatively and innovate as they developed a plan that used simple Lean tools to make a complex transition smooth and seamless.

When Jabil acquired Nypro, the company had to transition to operating as a publicly held organization. Previously, the Nypro finance department had no formal control structure and found themselves facing several obstacles with the new transition. Challenges included a five to four day month-end close, more than 70 formal documented controls and 26 new reporting requirements.

The team developed the Nypro Financial Standardization project, which included Lean tools to smooth the transition as the company moved from privately to publicly owned.

Through the project, the team sought to achieve six main objectives: efficiency, compliance, timeliness, ownership, standardization and best practice. They mapped out the financial requirements and developed standard work and visual management guides to meet all the financial control requirements.

By the end of the project, 100 percent of the team’s objectives were achieved. O’Donoghue and her team raised the benchmark level for the way financial services are run within Jabil and Nypro. In addition, the company’s Group Controller has offered the visual management system to all Nypro Healthcare plants.

“It’s easy to train because it’s such a simple and effective tool,” said O’Donoghue.

O’Donoghue credits her positive attitude for giving her the ability to stay focused and get her work done while still supporting others. She adds that her speed and calculated risks help her prioritize work while considering deadlines and the needs of others.

In her free time, she’s recently kept busy planning her wedding which is set to be held on November 28th.

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