Leadership Team

Brady Countryman

Introduction

Brady is a resident of the United States and loves that his hometown of Los Angeles allows him to be outdoors with his family almost year-round. As an avid gardener and family man, Brady welcomes the Partners in Performance lifestyle of being able to work from his home office when he’s not on the road. Speaking of the road – Brady is working on trying to embrace his family’s minivan without having to give up his beloved motorcycle.

Brady has been with us since 2008 and is still producing remarkable results with enthusiasm. Prior to coming to Partners in Performance, Brady served as a Vice President of Operations at a cosmetics manufacturer and he is seasoned in providing operational improvement and line management, with a significant focus on mining and mineral operations. His clientele has included North American copper mines, Australian rail projects, and a Ukrainian iron ore and pelletizing plant to name a few.

Brady is spot on when it comes to the approach. There is something to be said for a group of people that deliver year-over-year:

Partners in Performance is a special firm with a refreshingly straightforward (and therefore unique!) approach to helping our clients. Our people have a visceral need for results – it’s a passion that bonds us and invigorates our clients. My experience at Partners in Performance has exceeded my expectations, and years later I am still growing, relishing the pace, being inspired and helping others to become managers and leaders.

Career snapshot

  • Delivered over US$50m in value and established a performance management culture for a North American copper mine, helping it fulfil annual commitments for the first time in five years. His work included establishing highly effective weekly and monthly production targeting processes and multi-year strategic planning capability.
  • Delivered a CAD$15m improvement in annual earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for an Arctic zinc mine and concentrator. Achieved record output levels p.a. while reducing capital employed (e.g. parking haul trucks). The site continued not only to achieve an additional CAD$35m in annual improvements p.a., but also to accumulate nearly CAD$300m in benefits in the years after PIP’s departure.
  • Identified over US$20m worth of operating improvements for the existing assets of a Ukrainian iron ore mine and pelletising plant. Performed bottleneck analysis to identify priorities for capital investment.
  • Achieved a 50% increase in component fabrication cycle-time for an industrial goods manufacturer, and reduced in-process inventory by 75%, utilising a cellular manufacturing approach.
  • Debottlenecked mining operations and engineering planning for a Canadian coal miner, delivering a CAD$15m improvement. The site achieved its best quarter in three years, as well as record mining productivity metrics.
  • Identified CAD$50m p.a. savings across the supply chain network of five Canadian nickel and copper assets. Established a business improvement programme across sites to pursue debottlenecking and cost-improvement efforts.
  • Increased throughput rate by 20m tonnes p.a. for an Australian iron ore mine. This was achieved by eliminating bottlenecks and prioritising key drivers of lost efficiency from critical equipment.
  • Reduced in-process inventory by 40% for a cosmetic goods manufacturer. Improved cycle-time by 75% via implementation of lean manufacturing techniques, including Kanban pull systems.

Education

Brady’s qualifications include an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Michigan (graduated summa cum laude).