Operations Improvement

Lean techniques might be on their way out but optimising procurement, supply chain and production will always be relevant


Key challenges

All companies are naturally interested in continuously increasing efficiency. However, many companies face the sudden need to cut substantial costs rapidly due to an internal or external event. The ambition could be as high as 15-30%, while maintaining or improving service levels. This is not an easy task, e.g.,:

  • How should a useful baseline for operations improvement be constructed?
  • How are high impact savings initiatives identified?
  • What is the true implementation difficulty of each initiative?
  • How are FTEs related savings captured vs. non-FTE related savings?
  • What can we do to make the savings sustainable, to make them "stick"?

 

Our services

We can help you streamline the flow of goods and services across the company, as well as making sure you source and procure effectively. We also work to increase efficiency within back-office functions or other organisational units.

Services include: 

  • Asset management strategy
  • Supply chain and operations optimisation
  • Sourcing and procurement optimisation, incl. category projects
  • Distribution network optimisation
  • Supply chain and operations
  • Process optimisation and redesign 
  • Support function optimisation, e.g., finance shared services, HR streamlining, including outsourcing and offshoring assessments

Most relevant for: CEO, COO, CPO, CFO or Head of Supply Chain

 

Examples of our proprietary concepts and methods

  • Holistic optimisation of processes based on the practical techniques which work, avoiding overly theoretical approaches such as lean and six sigma
  • Concept for the finance function of the future, including shared services
  • Packaged best practices and detailed methods and tools for sourcing and procurement category optimisation and purchasing function performance
  • Supply chain improvement across the value chain
  • Method and toolbox for defining KPIs, developing dashboards and enabling effective decision support
  • Distinctive multi-lever transformation, a holistic transformation approach combining multiple improvement levers such as lean, digitisation, and organisational alignment

Selected case studies

Improving Concept and Product Development in R&D in a Life Sciences Company

Improving Concept and Product Development in R&D in a Life Sciences Company

The client’s R&D division was facing a situation with delays and budget overruns for some R&D projects, and needed an im…

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Communications Technology Strategy for a Global Maritime Company

Communications Technology Strategy for a Global Maritime Company

A maritime company with a global presence across more than 50 locations faced a highly fragmented and old legacy communi…

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Optimising the Operating Model for a Service Provider in the Health Care Sector

Optimising the Operating Model for a Service Provider in the Health Care Sector

An internal service provider offering full service of medical devices across several geographical locations in the healt…

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Upskilling a Tech Division to Cope With Changing Customer Demands

Upskilling a Tech Division to Cope With Changing Customer Demands

A tech team found it challenging to meet new customer requirements. A plan for upskilling and 20% cost savings was devel…

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Consolidation Strategy for a Major Energy Company

Consolidation Strategy for a Major Energy Company

The power generation business in one of Europe’s major energy companies was established as a separate business area and…

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Resolving a Bottle-Neck Decision in a Public Infrastructure Mega-Project

Resolving a Bottle-Neck Decision in a Public Infrastructure Mega-Project

A public transportation provider needed a strategy for how to optimally put in place a new sub-infrastructure worth seve…

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Supply Chain Optimisation for a Fast-Growing Design Company

Supply Chain Optimisation for a Fast-Growing Design Company

A leading European design company had experienced steep growth in sales over a few years and had not aligned its organis…

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Improving Commercial Setup in Major UK Energy Company Through Best Practice Change Management

Improving Commercial Setup in Major UK Energy Company Through Best Practice Change Management

A large company in the UK energy market, while expecting a period of growth and transformation, was determined to improv…

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Growth Strategy and New Operating Model for a Leading Supplier of Spare Parts and Services

Growth Strategy and New Operating Model for a Leading Supplier of Spare Parts and Services

A global supplier of aviation spare parts had invested heavily in global processes and technology, but had not seen sign…

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International Growth Strategy for an Offshore Service Provider

International Growth Strategy for an Offshore Service Provider

A large and complex multi-service provider to the offshore energy sector was determined to improve its top line growth a…

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Outsourcing of Technical and Logistics Services for an Energy Company

Outsourcing of Technical and Logistics Services for an Energy Company

The market for one of Europe’s major energy companies was undergoing substantial changes in the fuel types being used fo…

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Optimising the Commercial Operating Model for a B2B Wholesaler

Optimising the Commercial Operating Model for a B2B Wholesaler

A Scandinavian B2B wholesale company wanted to improve their commercial performance, however their growth was limited by…

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Improving Software Development in a Large Scandinavian IT Company

Improving Software Development in a Large Scandinavian IT Company

The company had, over several years, acquired software development companies in several countries and was now experienci…

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Optimising Sourcing Strategy for a Bioenergy Company

Optimising Sourcing Strategy for a Bioenergy Company

A global bioenergy company, was determined to improve its biofuel sourcing as part of its long-term strategy.

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Design of New Project Governance Model

Design of New Project Governance Model

The client was managing a multi-billion portfolio of investment projects, which they were also implementing. As the busi…

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Streamlining Operations at a Global Distributor and Services Company

Streamlining Operations at a Global Distributor and Services Company

The client wanted to pursue a profitable growth strategy and to support this, a major IT-system investment was made to a…

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Selected perspectives

Agile Software Development: Avoiding a Loss-Making Methodology Choice

Agile Software Development: Avoiding a Loss-Making Methodology Choice

July 2019

All agile and waterfall software development methodologies could destroy value when applied to an ill-fitting situation.…

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Next Steps in Globalisation of Commercial Operations in Life Sciences

Next Steps in Globalisation of Commercial Operations in Life Sciences

October 2008

Life sciences companies have long started to globalize their business systems. Now is time to go all the way.

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Towards Agile Innovation: Key R&D Models for the Next Decade

Towards Agile Innovation: Key R&D Models for the Next Decade

February 2020

With companies under increasing pressure to innovate, what is the most effective R&D approach for the future? A strategi…

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Think Outside the Organisational Box

Think Outside the Organisational Box

January 2013

Managers should spend their time differently after a big organisational change.

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Bots on the Loose: How Forgotten Software Logic Gets Companies into Trouble

Bots on the Loose: How Forgotten Software Logic Gets Companies into Trouble

September 2020

Software robots are invading businesses and public institutions. Many companies have forgotten what they told the bots t…

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Preparing for Economic Decline: Proactively Increasing Cost Flexibility

Preparing for Economic Decline: Proactively Increasing Cost Flexibility

February 2020

The possibility of another global economic decline cannot be denied. Can companies proactively plan to soften the impact…

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Getting Sourcing and Procurement Right in a Global Conglomerate

Getting Sourcing and Procurement Right in a Global Conglomerate

February 2012

If your purchasing employees are sourcing and your line managers are procuring, you are not exploiting your organisation…

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Outsourcing – Follow Facts Not Feelings

Outsourcing – Follow Facts Not Feelings

November 2011

Avoid outsourcing part of your business as a black box and get brighter results.

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