Leadership Team

Frans Lombard


Part of being an exceptional consultant is having a solid understanding of how to lead and manage a complex project. Clients are constantly leaning on us, as the experts, to guide and direct them. Over the years, Frans Lombard has recognised this and taken action. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a certificate in project management.

Frans has worked in Australia, Africa, Russia and throughout Asia in operational improvement and line management. Oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and defence are areas of expertise for Frans. Before joining Partners in Performance, he implemented manufacturing process improvements and supported IT systems in the food and industrial sectors.

When he’s not travelling, Frans enjoys taking his family on trips, offering them the chance to see the world like he has. As a native South African, now living in Australia, trips to the Australian outback are a staple for Frans’ family. Known for his great sense of humour, he takes time to have some fun while driving four-wheelers and bushwalking.

Career snapshot

  • Led a national supply chain and procurement team through a redesign and implementation of materials planning, procurement, vendor management and logistics at a global oil and gas company. As a result, materials delivered in full and on time (DIFOT) improved from 6.6% to 61% across 16 oil platforms over the period of a year.
  • Led a mixed team of consultant and client staff to analyse, redesign and implement new procurement and contract management processes for a government agency. The approach included a review of key categories and the identification of $21m in savings through demand and supply management.
  • Developed a new procurement process for engaging maintenance contractors at a uranium mine, resulting in speedier contractor response and more accurate cost measurement and control.
  • Led a team to deliver a AU$43m gain in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) at a coal mine, with a further AU$30m in the pipeline, by establishing construction execution management tools and coordination mechanisms for critical infrastructure. Also included were various projects that focused on a reduction in operating delays for key equipment.
  • Delivered a 15% improvement in fleet availability, and a reduction of five haul trucks and a shovel from the fleet by designing and implementing new maintenance and planning processes at a coal mine. This was combined with changes to the organisational structure and supply lines.
  • Led the evaluation of all sourcing and procurement activity for Australia’s largest insurer.
  • Improved the service levels (the ‘in-full, on-time’ performance) of a chemicals manufacturer to 98%, from a previous best of 82% by implementing new processes for procurement, supplier performance management, sales and operation planning, forecasting, inventory management, inventory record accuracy, new product introduction, static data accuracy and customer services.
  • Improved production at a health foods manufacturer while implementing advanced planning and scheduling software (i2 Rhythm Production Scheduler and Supply Chain Planner).
  • Implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning system at an abattoir and meat processing plant.
  • Conducted a high-level supply chain planning performance assessment at a pharmaceutical goods manufacturer.
  • Enabled an extra 50% volume through the two key-lines of a paint manufacturer, by optimising the overall asset utilisation (OAE) of key manufacturing assets and establishing standards for product manufacturing and the OAE reporting mechanisms.
  • Optimised the manufacturing plant layout of an exhaust system manufacturer to enable cell-based manufacturing.
  • Led a two-year transformation programme to improve organisational performance for logistics support operations for the RAAF transport fleet. 


MBL from the University of South Africa and Mechanical Engineering degree (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria.