Get the Recognition Your Team Deserves
We’re celebrating examples of excellence in automotive manufacturing across North America.
Welcome to the 2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards.
The North American automotive manufacturing industry is an engine for regional progress and prosperity. We know that you, the exceptional suppliers, are the ones driving this industry forward.
The last few years have been tough. But you’ve adapted and overcome. And that’s why we want to hear from you.
Our Operational Excellence Awards are your chance to showcase your outstanding achievements in operations, quality, logistics, and human resources. Don’t keep your hard work a secret – share it with the world and get the recognition you deserve.
So what are you waiting for? Apply now and join us in celebrating the best of the best in North American automotive manufacturing. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.
A message from our President Thomas Kowal about the Seraph Operational Excellence Awards.
Does one of your manufacturing plants raise the bar of operational excellence?
2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards Categories.
Awards will be presented across five categories in the world of automotive manufacturing. These categories include:
Is the daily operation managed so that tasks are resolved and customer communication is effective?
Is there a quality system established to support long-term production and consistent root cause analysis?
03 Human Resources
Does the organization foster a safe, best-in-class work environment that leads to strong recruitment efforts and low employee turnover?
Are all responsible parties aligned to ensure that raw material requirements are met without disruptions?
05 Overall Best Supplier
The Overall Best Supplier Award will be presented to the organization that scores highest across the above categories.
Hear from last year’s winners!
“Organizations should apply regardless of winning.
It is a valuable process for any organization to undergo”.
“It validated from a 3rd party that what we were doing was good and measured our facility against other manufacturing plants that were doing things right”.
“It was a positive and motivational experience”.
Winning a Seraph Operational Excellence Award is more than a prestigious achievement — every Award signifies recognition from automotive experts at the top of their fields.
Over 150 years’ combined experience
CEO, Neovia Logistics
Vice President, Global Quality for the Chassis Solutions Division of ZF Group
Operating Partner, Lake State Partners
General Manager, Brose Tuscaloosa
Over 100 years’ combined experience
President, North America
Great judges. Good cause.
In recognition of the time, energy, and commitment of our judges, we will be donating $5,000 in the name of each judge to a charity of their choice.
Why enter for an Operational Excellence Award?
Entering your organization for a Seraph Operational Excellence Award can lead to far-reaching industry recognition, future partnership opportunities, and a new perspective on operational excellence.
There is no cost to apply.
If you are a supplier that has a plant location that is pushing the automotive industry forward, reliably making great parts, we think you deserve to be celebrated!
Who should apply:
Automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, including automotive aftermarket manufactures with operations in North America that achieve exceptional results are eligible to apply for the Seraph Operational Excellence Awards. Please note that each application is for a single plant, so we encourage you to put forward your best! You can submit an application for each of your top performing manufacturing facilities. Winning plants from previous years may reapply, including other manufacturing facilities within the organization.
What to expect:
“The Operational Excellence Awards gave us great recognition, industry, and
“Our team was very satisfied with the quality of the assessment content; it brought a lot of value. We have already implemented two of the recommendations”.
“Seraph really tried to understand our business model and our daily operations”.
“The judges brought a high caliber of expertise in evaluating applicants”.
Opportunity to be recognized as a top supplier, winners will be promoted through social media, the press, and industry organizations.
Seraph will conduct a 1-day on-site assessment for the top eight finalists, valued at over $10,000. All finalists will receive an onsite assessment report. Timing and audit duration will be accommodated based on each applicant’s availability.
Be evaluated by a judging panel of industry experts with prominent leadership positions.
The Awards Process.
Apply online by
*Online Supplier Questionnaire must be completed by March 15
Online Supplier Questionnaire
Online Supplier Questionnnaire must be completed by March 15.
The eight organizations that received the highest scores from Round One will receive a no-cost on-site assessment performed by members of the Seraph team. Timing and audit duration will be accommodated based on applicant’s availability. The visit will be executed by seasoned automotive manufacturing consultants that will measure criteria like customer satisfaction, environment safety, inventory WIP level, equipment tooling state maintenance, and more. After completion of the 1-day assessment, your team will receive a thorough findings document that can be shared with your management team.
End March — April 30
Judging Panel Review
Our esteemed panel of judges will review findings from the plant assessment to select the top five category winners. All winners will be promoted via the press, social media and obtain the right to use the award mark on your website or any place you see fit.
All winners will receive a complimentary reserved table to invite others from your organization to attend.
June 6, 2024
2937 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
We are a global operations and strategy consulting firm that works directly with OEM purchasing and supplier management teams. We’ve worked with hundreds of Automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, including automotive aftermarket manufactures facilities to bring out the best in their teams and operations. We live and breathe automotive manufacturing and have dedicated our careers to improved stability, profitability and output for our clients.
An Evening of Celebration.
The banquet will bring industry experts together to share best practices in an evening of celebration. Whether you are an OEM or supplier, or simply work in the automotive industry, all are welcome.
We’re excited to host the 2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards at Chroma, in the heart of Detroit, Michigan on June 6th. Join us for a night of celebration including an award ceremony, mingling with industry peers, dinner, and cheers.
“The networking opportunities led to a business deal in the making”.
“Outstanding, elegant, and classy event”.
“It was an incredible evening focused on celebrating automotive manufacturing”.
We were incredibly happy with the turnout of last year’s first awards ceremony. Our celebration included over 140 guests from over 50 companies represented. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and appetizers followed by an elegant dinner that provided great networking opportunities while celebrating the award winners.
Starting March 18th, 2024, you can reserve your tickets for the upcoming awards ceremony which will take place on June 6th, 2024.
Don’t miss out – be ready to RSVP and secure your spot!
Mark your calendars!
Our special guests:
Jan Griffiths delivers the keynote at the Operational Excellence Awards, offering a deep dive into the transformational leadership required for the future of the automotive industry.
Armed with the skills she learned in the Welsh farmlands and a degree from the University of Wales, Jan moved to the United States at 23. She quickly made her mark and rose through the corporate ranks, ultimately serving as Chief Procurement Officer for a $3 billion, Tier-1 global automotive supplier. Her success in the position helped her earn a spot on Automotive News’ list of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
Beyond the corporate achievements, Jan’s fervor for culture change shines brightest. As the CEO and Founder of Gravitas Detroit, host of the Automotive Leaders Podcast, and with 30 years of industry experience, Jan will share insights from her interviews with top automotive executives. Gravitas Detroit, is a testament to her commitment to cultivating the next generation of industry leaders. Known for her dynamic and engaging speaking style making this is a not-miss-event.
master of ceremonies:
Erin Schrieber will serve as our Master of Ceremony for the second consecutive year. Erin proudly serves as the Development Director for City Year Detroit. She is also on the board of the Automotive Women’s Alliance.
Previously, Erin was the Director of Membership Engagement for MEMA Original Equipment, where she helped to organize an Automotive Sustainability Summit, led their EHS&S Council and Operations and Plant Managers Council. She led and contributed to various automotive events focused on suppliers and the industry.
Apply for an Award Today.
Does your organization drive the future of operational excellence?
Applications for 2024 are being accepted from December 4, 2023 through March 8, 2024. Online Supplier Questionnnaire must be completed by March 15.
Each plant location that is applying must fill-out the below form.
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