We work closely with our clients to ensure we understand the strategic context driving the requirement for an operational improvement program. Requirements for operational improvement cover a range of topics, from product or manufacturing optimisation to capital efficiency or contract negotiation.
Development of rigorous economic framework for both cost and investment levers to force investment in IT infrastructure to support business needs and provide sound economic basis for business decision making.
Development of detailed forecasts of both future remediation activities and likely costs, and probabilistic estimation and management tool for estimation of current and future liability provision.
Assisting clients to renegotiate operating, supply or distribution agreements including: identifying contract costs and benefits; developing negotiating positions and tradables; and recommending negotiation approach (often in conjunction with legal advice).
Capital Efficiency / Management
Diagnosis and optimisation of the portfolio of capital projects to meet both asset and corporate objectives; audit and refinement of capital planning processes to ensure they are both robust and efficient.
Sales Force Effectiveness
Performing sales force performance measurements, designing individual performance evaluation and incentive schemes, re-structuring sales force, developing sales and pricing tools.
Assessing supply chain improvement opportunities, completing cost to serve reviews and designing alternative supply chain configurations.
Assessment of make or buy decisions, investments in future capacity / flexibility for manufacturing assets / sites, facilitation of complex investment decisions to enable business growth opportunities through new sites or manufacturing activities.
Product Optimisation & Complexity Reduction
Assess opportunities to rationalise products to simplify operations while maintaining or enhancing customer satisfaction. If required, this complexity reduction can be supported by a re-design of product development processes and capabilities.
Application of lean manufacturing techniques to improve productivity - including throughput improvement, product and process simplification, labour force optimisation, compressible costs reduction and selective investment.