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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…

Upgrading the logistics processes of a distribution company

Problem The company distributes electrical supplies. It has been on the market for several years and has always focused on the quality of its products. The company processes a large number of orders daily. Orders vary widely in terms of product type, volume and value. The company has a modern ERP system and a modern warehousing system. The efficiency of the logistics system needs improving to guarantee ever shorter delivery times for their customers. Given…

Bringing about a step change in the quality management system

Context The company is part of a group that designs, produces and installs packaging machinery. Its employees have a high average seniority and there are many key figures possessing specialist knowhow which is not widely shared. For some years the company has faced high costs, arising from: unreliable design (in both content and time) – by far the most serious of their problems customer dissatisfaction with delivery times and quality (customers are largely small, family-owned…

Start-up of new production lines and increase in efficiency

Problem The company is part of a multinational group operating in the medical field. Thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, demand is growing rapidly. The company is making significant investments in its automated production lines for product assembly to meet its productivity and efficiency objectives. The working methods of the plant personnel need to be upgraded to keep up with technological changes, to cut costs and delivery times, and to increase capacity. Solution Contract…

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