About

Our History

Founded in 2005, Advanced Operations Partners (formerly Harthan Consulting Group) is a strategic and operations management consulting firm founded by Charles (Chuck) Harthan, a former Principal at A.T. Kearney, one of the world’s leading operations consulting firms. Advanced Operations Partners services small to medium size companies and business units of large enterprises striving to transform operational performance to meet their strategic goals. We leverage our training and experience consulting for some of the biggest companies in the world and apply these learnings, techniques and proven methodologies to businesses that cannot justify hiring much larger consulting firms. Advanced Operations Partners works with clients from a wide range of industries to fundamentally transform their operating models by understanding primary business drivers of profit and operating performance, improving processes and organizational capabilities, and generating sustainable breakthrough results.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: as your markets, products and services change and evolve, operational excellence must be achieved and maintained to compete and win. Whether your operations are preventing top-line growth or sagging the bottom-line, Advanced Operations Partners specializes in transforming your internal operations to reach business objectives. Our experience reveals your business processes, policies, organizational structure and performance management systems could individually or collectively restrict your company’s ability to achieve the highest levels of operational excellence, resulting in sub-par financial results. Advanced Operations Partners will systematically root-out the fundamental sources limiting performance, mobilize an internal working team to generate the transformation agenda and initiatives, and orchestrate implementation to sustain financial benefits.

Our Experience

We leverage our training and experience consulting for some of the biggest companies in the world and apply this learning and proven methodologies to yield a higher return on consulting investment. Advanced Operations Partners consultants work with all levels of management, including front-line personnel as necessary, to accelerate business plans by boosting performance in core operational areas such as sales, manufacturing, procurement, R&D, and service opearations.

“For over a year Chuck Harthan has made his keen analytical and project management skills available to us.  During a major Sales Force Effectiveness project at (client), he integrated himself with project team members as well as employees at large.  Chuck was able to help us better understand key metrics and identify opportunities to improve our business”

GROUP PUBLISHER — MARKETING COMPANY IN HOUSING INDUSTRY

“Advanced Operations Partners provided the necessary structure, methods and experience to guide my leadership team through a multi-month strategic planning process, helping us to define and mobilize critical initiatives to fuel global growth and streamline operations.”

CEO AND FOUNDER — GLOBAL, UK HEADQUARTERED, TALENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY

“Advanced Operations Partners introduced and implemented processes/tools to provide more visibility and control of EPC (engineering, procurement, construction), which helped ensure timely completion of several $200MM+ wind farm projects.”

EXECUTIVE VP OF ASSET MANAGEMENT

“AOP mobilized, launched and implemented a ~$200M restructuring and cost-out program over a two-year period, overseeing all aspects of transformation program and driving critical operational initiatives including complexity reduction, plant/line asset optimization, strategic sourcing, and transportation.”

COO — $5B CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS COMPANY

“Advanced Operations Partners provided us with excellent tools to help optimize our product design and capital budgeting business processes.  Chuck is a very knowledgeable professional who learned about our business quickly and worked closely with our working team members, enabling him to help drive our process forward.”

CEO — TIER 1 AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER

“AOP consultants defined, launched and supported implementation of multi-faceted performance transformation program to deliver higher levels of customer service and delivery.  AOP lean consultant mapped out all key product flows and pinpointed opportunities to better measure and track potential bottlenecks.”

CFO — $50M MEDICAL SERVICES COMPANY

“AOP has delivered on several transformative efforts including new operating model and organization design as well as performance analytics and metrics for major capital programs.  AOP experts lead my team through significant analysis and change management to reach consensus on future-state structure and processes.”

HEAD OF ENGINEERING — $15B TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

“AOP has played an important role over the past several years driving and setting up strategic planning / execution processes, implementing a multi-year business process re-engineering and ERP program, and supporting CEO-sponsored efforts such as organizational design and enterprise-wide project management.”

PRESIDENT AND CEO — LARGE CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS COMPANY WITH #1 BRANDS

“AOP has played an integral role in developing and executing our strategic plan, and enabled my management team to develop specific capabilities in the areas of procurement and supply chain.”

CEO AND FOUNDER — FOOD SAFETY COMPANY

“The Advanced Operations Partners team performed a thorough evaluation of our current structure and capabilities, and recommended organizational designs to enable revenue growth.  Additionally, Advanced Operations Partners together with members of my management team designed and implemented performance  measurement dashboards across all North American plants.”

CEO — INDUSTRIAL MINING COMPANY

“Advanced Operations Partners is a highly trusted advisor on critical business transformation initiatives for several of our portfolio companies.  Chuck Harthan and his team are skilled in discovering issues preventing higher top-line or bottom-line performance, mobilizing an internal working team to tackle the most pressing issues, and steering the organization through significant change to achieve sustainable results.”

MANAGING DIRECTOR — MAJOR PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM

“The AOP team has been vital in developing and executing key elements of my vision, including supply chain excellence, global process standardization and enterprise program management office.”

CEO — HIGH-TECH COMPANY

“Advanced Operations Partners provided the necessary project management and analytical support to improve our core research business processes and redesign our sales compensation plans.  The Advanced Operations consultant integrated well with our eight member working team to carry out significant changes to our business operations.”

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER — MARKET RESEARCH FIRM

“The AOP team has been vital in developing and executing key elements of my vision, including supply chain excellence, global process standardization and enterprise program management offices.”

CEO — HIGH-TECH COMPANY