Capstone – Project

Supply Chain Audit with Focus on Developing a Robust Quality Control System with Multiple Small Vendors

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Engagement Synopsis

Happy Valley Meat Company (HVM) works a number of small livestock farms in the north east. A major pain point is ensuring only the highest quality product is purchased and then reaches the customer. In this collaboration, MBA students will first conduct interviews to map where lapses in QC occur and what the outcome of a QC failure at that point is. Once a complete picture is gathered, HVM team members will work with the MBA students to develop recommendations (to hopefully be implemented) to check and intervene when necessary to uphold high quality. HVM currently tracks errors and failures regarding quality as support cases. The MBA students will work together to set realistic support case goals to measure success of the program once implemented.


  • 42 West Street #311 Brooklyn NY 11222


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  • Supply Chain Mapping
  • Hazard Identification and Prioritization
  • The Creativity Required by Small Under-resourced Businesses
  • How Meat gets from a Farm to Diners and What can go Wrong
  • Successful Communication of Compliance Documentation

Company Information

CompanyHappy Valley Meat Company
HQNew York
StageSmall Business
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time

Company Overview

Happy Valley Meat Company (HVM) is a certified B Corp based out of Brooklyn NY. HVM exists to improve the lives of the people and animals that feed us. They do that by buying whole animals (beef, lamb, pork) from farmers that raise their animals with high welfare standards and breaking the cuts into industry standard products for restaurants.

Company Supervising Team



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Course Info & Engagement Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in small groups of 2-6 directly with faculty and host company project champions on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Course2019 FALL – MBA Interterm (APPLY)
Students Enrolled120 Enrolled, 4-5 per group per project
Meeting Day & Time10/14 - 10/17/2019 on-site at host company
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration4 days (10/15/2019 - 10/17/2019)

Project Topics


Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Quality Control

School Supervisors



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There are currently no students assigned.

Collaboration Timeline

  • August 29, 2019

    Finalize Project Details and Legal Documents – We’ll help build to project and ensure it’s appropriate for a group of MBAs to complete over a one-week period.

  • September 13, 2019

    MBAs Select Projects – Students rank their top three projects and are assigned based on their backgrounds and skillsets.

  • September 30, 2019

    Students are Provided Background Information – Students begin to ramp up for the engagement

  • October 14, 2019

    STUDENTS ON-SITE: KICKOFF MEETING – Students begin to work on the project. Company introduces key personnel and answers questions about the business model and project.

  • October 16, 2019


  • October 16, 2019


  • October 17, 2019


Key Milestones & Project Process

  • October 14, 2019 - Supply Chain Deep Dive & Mapping

    1. What raw materials are being used? Where are they getting the raw materials? How is the relationship with these suppliers? How do current key stakeholders feel about these raw materials and/or suppliers?
    2. How does the company get their products to distributors?
    3. How is the company currently manufacturing the products?
    4. What is the process of preparing the final goods for distribution?
    5. How does the distribution system work? How long does it take to get from destination to destination?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Develop a formal supply chain flow chart

  • October 15, 2019 - Quality Control Process Overview

    1. What type of QC control process is the company currently using? Can you map it out end-to-end?
    2. How effective is the company’s current QC process?
    3. How could the process be improved? Think technology and process workflows.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Develop a formal quality control process overview

  • October 17, 2019 - Supply Chain & QC Process Improvement Recommendations

    1. What recommendations should HVM institute to improve the efficiency of their supply chain and the quality control system in-place.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Provide the HVM team with a full set of recommendations to improve their process.

Project Resources

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