Nicolai Buehl
Senior Director
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+15 years of consulting and corporate experience
Expert in operations, (production) facility transformations, production process and supply chain optimization
Fluent in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of French
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Nicolai Buehl is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement in Los Angeles.

He brings more than 15 years of consulting and corporate experience across a spectrum of industries, including the tool, hardware, medical, automotive- and other manufacturing industries. 
Mr. Buehl focuses on operations, (production) facility transformations, production process and supply chain optimization. His key areas of expertise are ODDs, Rapid Results initiatives, project and change management (PMO of complex transformational processes), coupled with a solid understanding of production management and product development.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Buehl was a Manager at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where he served manufacturing companies, mainly in the area of supply chain management and operational excellence. 

Mr. Buehl’s notable recent client engagements include the development and management plan (PMO) for the complex consolidation process of two food manufacturing plants and three DCs in the South East of the U.S. He was responsible for cost improvements of $8.5M (EBITDA–effective), and achieved successful implementation within budget ($1.1M) while assuring continuous supply to all affected customers. He has also conducted plant site search for $170M coffee whitener production facility minimizing labor, logistics and utility costs for leading consumer packaged goods company, and identified government incentives of $8.5M.

Additionally, through competitive RFP process, Mr. Buehl has reduced packaging material and sweetener ingredient cost for canned vegetable manufacturer by 12.2% ($520k), and 29% ($2.1M), respectively. He also identified cost savings opportunity of ~$5.1M for a distributor of building materials by reducing DC network from 36 to 22 facilities, he has conducted location search for, and started up ~90,000 ft2 warehouse from scratch for a dietary supplement manufacturer, and he has designed and implemented a new order-to-delivery process that resulted in a capacity increase of more than 20% and working capital reductions of $15 million (large specialty vehicle manufacturer). Mr. Buehl has also planned and managed (PMO) a plant consolidation project for a large PE-owned manufacturer of dietary supplements, completing the project on time and on budget, increasing EBITDA by $6M p.a.

Mr. Buehl earned a MBA in supply chain management from Kenan-Flagler Business School and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Mr. Buehl is fluent in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and has basic knowledge of French.