Abdul Latif Jameel and Four Principles launch Japanese business philosophy program
Abdul Latif Jameel and Four Principles have launched a new scheme that will help Saudi nationals learn the Japanese “Kaizen” philosophy, an industrial mindset designed to help companies boost efficiency and performance, eliminate waste, and maximize resources.
Following the joint venture between the two companies announced at the end of last year, selected Saudi nationals — both female and male — will have the chance to enhance their professional development by taking part in the inter-company program focused on lean management to help boost the company’s performance and cut waste.
The two-year program means participants will receive on-the-job experience in a consulting environment across multiple sectors, and be exposed to an international business management system, which will help prepare them for future leaderships roles.
Fady Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman, Abdul Latif Jameel International, said: “As Saudi Vision 2030 makes clear, our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are the architects of our future. That is why Abdul Latif Jameel is investing in Saudi Arabian nationals and giving them this opportunity to learn in an international environment.
“We are giving Saudi Arabian talent the opportunity to shine in a number of ways, including a management development program, Toyota-MIT scholarships, and now by learning the Kaizen philosophy.”
The co-founder and managing partner of Four Principles, Seif Shieshakly, said: “Four Principles is built on adding value to client operations on-ground — or in the gemba in Japanese — and designing bespoke lean management solutions tailored to their needs. To achieve this, we need the right people with the passion and drive that can help our clients achieve improved efficiency and performance. That is why it is right we give young Saudi Arabian nationals — through this scheme — the opportunity to grow and learn in a lean management consultancy.”
The new joint venture offers advisory and implementation services to private and public organizations based on the lean management program. It focuses on the public sector implementation of transformation initiatives as well as on a spectrum of private sector organizations in the fields of financial services, heavy industries, construction, retail, health care, aviation, automotive, energy, oil and gas, FMCG, food and beverage, and education.
The lean management is expected to help boost the company’s performance and cut waste.