Operations Strategy

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 of having 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 be constructed?
  • How are high impact savings initiatives identified?
  • What is the true implementation difficulty of each initiative?
  • How are FTEs related savings caputured 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 with increasing efficiency in 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 off-shoring 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 tool box 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, digitization, and organisational alignment

Selected case studies

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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International growth strategy for offshore service provider

International growth strategy for 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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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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Improving concept and product development in R&D in a life science company

Improving concept and product development in R&D in a life science 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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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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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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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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Improving software development in large Scandinavian IT company

Improving software development in large Scandinavian IT company

The company had through several years acquired software development companies in several countries and was now experienc…

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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 more…

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Growth strategy and new operating model for leading supplier of spare parts and services

Growth strategy and new operating model for 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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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 sourcing strategy for a bioenergy company

Optimising sourcing strategy for a bioenergy company

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

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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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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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Selected perspectives

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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Getting Sourcing and Procurement Right in a Global Conglomerate

Getting Sourcing and Procurement Right in a Global Conglomerate

February 2012

If your purchasing people are sourcing and your line managers are procuring you are not exploiting your organization’s b…

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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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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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