Improving competitiveness is a truly holistic step. That is to say, a set of functions must be focussed on a common goal in order to get results. Competitiveness means better control of the organisation of businesses and their different operational performance levers. A competitiveness plan is a project that aims to define coherent objectives that are adapted to the environment:
Assisting the investment needs of the business
Finding new sources of financing
Capturing new markets by being more competitive
The implementation of this plan will make it possible to identify pools of action, adapt the organisation to the new challenges of the business, innovate and combine economic, environmental and social performance.
Here are a few examples of levers to activate that we recommend for increasing competitiveness:
Evaluate the control of consumption levers and procurement conditions by group. What is the coverage for procurements? How does sourcing function? What is the organisation in place? How do you monitor and supervise risk management? What are the performance monitoring indicators?
Tax and Financial Lever
What are all the plans to which your business contributes? What are the possibilities for reduction / tax relief? How do you implement adapted optimisation solutions to help you contribute the right amount? How do you manage payment deadlines? How do you improve the WCR? Which actions do you take to improve the EBITDA?
Human resources lever
The regulatory multi-layered effect makes business payroll management complex. With many groups of population, managerial staff, non-managerial staff, etc., how do you ensure that what you contribute is calculated down to the last penny? How do you ensure that you are using the best practices? How do you cover overpaid contributions?
Logistics & Maintenance Lever
How do you improve the organisation of transport flows? How do you improve forecast management? How do you improve the management of the parts related to maintenance? How do you streamline the panel and the database of articles with nomenclatures? How do you reduce the total cost of product ownership (Total Cost of Ownership)? How do you reduce intervention and repair costs?
Research and development lever
How is the R&D centre organised? How does it function? What are the schemes that the business is entitled to? How do you optimise the “CIR” (R&D Tax Credit) and “innovation financing”?
Information System Lever
How do you reduce the computer costs by working on streamlining the architecture and effectiveness of application maintenance? How do you automate job tasks to the maximum to reduce the need for personnel and focus the participants on their added value?
A PROVEN METHOD OF ASSISTANCE
Diagnosis to identify the type of issues & set the priorities
Do an inventory per area
Identify the levers to be activated and have them validated
Define the target and the organisation to implement, to achieve it
Draw up a road map adapted to the challenges of each of them
In the Implementation phases
Establish a POC (proof of concept) on simple subjects that can be quickly implemented by providing the right level of expertise required to treat operational subjects
Validate the results and recommend an extensive transformation programme
Monitor the benefits using a monitoring table
Inform, train and communicate throughout the project by sharing the success