Russell Bacon

BTech, Industrial Engineering (Hons)

Business Advisor

Operational excellence is Russell Bacon’s passion. Some people have a knack for how they do things that makes you want to deal with their company again. Russell can help you bottle ‘the knack’ – that best practice – and share it throughout your company.

Do you want to keep trying harder to improve or are you ready to work smarter? Russell can share easy to use common sense tools distilled for Lean, Agile and other management practices. He can help identify the root causes of issues and the things you can do to improve. Big change takes lots of planning and compassion. But small step changes are not so scary and much easier to implement. Russell can guide you on an easier route to excellence.

Staff are your greatest asset. Russell can assist you to:

  • Find the right people
  • Integrate them into your business
  • Keep them pointed in the direction your business is headed in
  • Have meaningful and productive performance improvement discussions
  • Have the right processes to help poor performers (who can’t or won’t improve) exit the business, with a firm but sensitive hand.

Russell believes that improving staff welfare through Health and Safety excellence and reducing your environmental impact, can both be achieved whilst saving money in the long term. He has a solid background in both areas.

If you want to make practical changes to improve your business and its culture, contact Russell today.

Russell Bacon, Advantage Business Advisor, Wellington/Kapiti Coast
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Call Russell on 027 858 7858

Operations 98%
Process Improvement 98%
Change management 98%
Recruitment 98%
People culture 95%
HR 95%

Personal Profile

35 years end to end experience in fast-moving manufacturing industries. Adept at managing short lead times and high delivery performance environments. Russell has broad experience from customer services through all manufacturing and support departments to final delivery.

A versatile and innovative professional, Russell sees the big picture but can also zoom in on the detail. He’s a highly effective management professional, an innovative and creative complex problem solver. Energetic and results-focused, he’s successfully developed and led diverse teams to achieve outstanding results.

Examples of experience

  • Successful implementation of Lean Manufacturing work practices and thinking (Green Belt), 5 Whys, Root cause analysis, DMAIC small step improvement.
  • Sales and operations planning: managing capacity output to meet highly seasonal demand with high levels of DIFOT on short and fixed lead times. 30% reduction in late deliveries.
  • Mindset change for health & safety work practices from something we talk about to something we live and breathe. Safety first does not necessarily mean slower. 750,000 man-hrs without a serious harm accident. (ICAM accident investigator).
  • Introducing more sustainable work practices, large and small. Saving money and reducing carbon footprint in the process. 50% reduction in water consumption and a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions. Smaller reductions in power and solid waste streams.
  • North Cape to Bluff logistics/warehouse experience.
  • Import/export experience (transitional facility operator certificate).
  • Radiation safety officer certificate.
  • All aspects of human resources.

Industry experience

  • FMCG: toilet tissue & hand towels
  • Kitchen and wet wall linings
  • Corrugated cardboard packaging
  • Graphics design and plate manufacture
  • Flexographic printing
  • Food industry plastic packaging


Russell is an avid sportsman, coach and volunteer: squash, touch, cricket, canoe polo, football & sailing.

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