Operational Excellence

Our services.

Identifying the organizational capabilities required and then building that capability is critical to an organizations performance.

Focuses on improving the alignment between business strategy and operational execution. Our main areas of expertise are;

  • Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement
    • Identifying and establishing the organizational structures, measures and capability required to embark on a lean improvement programme
    • Identifying opportunities and then prioritizing projects with key stakeholders
    • Deployment of the structured DMAIC problem solving methodology to deliver real measurable benefits
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
    • Developing a detailed understanding of an organizations supply chain
    • Driving inventory optimization across global supply networks
    • Developing and implementing Strategic Sourcing strategies for both cost optimisation and innovation

Case Study

Organisation: Norbrook Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Newry, UK

The challenge:

The client was embarking upon a modernisation programme to drive improved safety and compliance across the business. A strategic initiative on reducing inventory buffers across the global supply chain was defined as an key enabler to free cash flow and fund the investment.

What we did:

  • Created a baseline of average inventory holdings over the previous three years
  • Facilitated workshops with the buying teams to define target holdings per stock keeping unit
  • Resourced and coached a new central inventory team
  • Delivered a Lean six sigma awareness programme for the Supply Chain Director and his senior team
  • Defined the criteria for a real-time KPI tracker for inventory holdings (cost, value, space utilisation)
  • Realigned the purchasing function from operational buying to strategic sourcing
  • Created a statistically based inventory model

The result:

The team delivered a 14% reduction in global supply chain inventory, beating stretch targets set by the board.