Introduction of a management control system in a company active in the furniture industry

Drafting/design, implementation and launch of a complex Management Control system immediately after the launch of a new corporate ERP (SAP-Hana). The Situation The company operates in the furniture sector. It is growing very rapidly and has ambitious development plans, which include external lines. It operates across multiple locations, including production, commerce and distribution. Tens of thousands of items are handled: finished and marketed products, as well as components and semi-finished products. The company has no…

Reorganization of an unmanaged medium sized pharmaceutical company

The Problem The company operates in the pharmaceutical industry and is part of a market-leading French multinational group operating in several countries around the world. The medium-sized company never achieved positive financial results, despite being recognized as a benchmark of excellence for quality and development. It operates in a fast-changing sector, mainly driven by the strategic choices of large pharmaceutical groups to outsource production activities. The crisis related to the recent pandemic (COVID 19) led…

Management vacancies in Human Resources

A sudden, unexpected vacancy in the Human Resources area in an engineering company facing a delicate moment of growth An Interim HR Manager to manage the entire Human Resources area The Problem The company works for the automotive industry and has several production units in Italy and abroad. It is experiencing steady growth thanks to the innovative solutions it offers. All of a sudden its largest and most important plant, with two trade union representations,…

Standardization and renewal of the Engineering, Technical Services and Maintenance Departments

Problem A multinational chemical company is facing a complex and challenging transformation of its business model following the adoption of new production technology. One of its plants, located in Northern Italy, has become strategic in this transition and needs to make drastic and urgent improvements to the quality of its production processes, with special focus on its Engineering, Technical Services and Maintenance Departments. These areas have built up a large backlog of maintenance operations, with…

Revenues up thanks to the internet

A company bets on digital marketing to grow The problem The company has been active in the furniture industry for several years, with products targeting a more mature segment of the population. The company invests in advertising via traditional media: print, radio, television. However, this strategy has started to show its weaknesses: the repetitiveness of the message has made it less appealing, and the cost of advertising has eaten into profitability. The company had already…

Head of the control function in an aviation company

Supervision of the Control Department in the Italian affiliate of a multinational group in the context of a thorough reorganization of the Finance function. The company operates in the aviation industry and its Finance Department is undergoing radical change. Team members are mainly very young, also in terms of years of service in the company.  They urgently need support in organizing reporting to the parent company. This calls for a skilled, experienced manager to fill…

A contract manager team tackles management vacancies

A team of interim managers covers vacancies in a Spanish multinational group The Context The client company produces mechanical components for the automotive industry. It belongs to a Spanish multinational group operating in several countries around the world. The Italian plant is a center of excellence for the group’s activities thanks to a steady strategy of continuous improvement conducted by current management over the years. The company works in a mature market: margins are low,…

Set-up of a new credit management system in a large food sector company

Problem The company operates in the food industry. Founded in the ‘60s, it has experienced fast growth over the last ten years and has become a leading player in its industry. Turnover amounts to several hundred million euro and the company has thousands of very diverse customers, ranging from large retail groups to market food stalls, including wholesalers, the HORECA sector and small shops. The increase in turnover and number of customers, combined with the…

Development and improvement of management control

Supporting migration of management control from a “home-made” model to a more advanced group system. Context The company produces automated packaging machinery. Turnover is about €80 million. The company is undergoing a phase of integration of their own systems with those of their parent company: from a basic management control system they are making the shift to a standardized group system. At the start of the assignment, their planning and control processes are neither well…

Review of manufacturing and industrialization processes, and cost reduction

Problem The company is part of a diversified industrial group. It has been active for decades in the machine tools sector and has several plants in Italy and abroad. In the context of a rapidly changing market, the company has only partly managed to keep up with new technological needs. Despite their high technical performance, their machines are not competitive enough. Moreover, an old-fashioned organizational culture and obsolete procedures have had a negative impact on…

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