Operational Transformation

Since 2005, Advanced Operations Partners (AOP) has helped dozens of clients tackle their most pressing supply chain and operational issues.   We’ve demonstrated measurable results across a wide range of industries from medical services to publishing to hydraulic fracking.  Our consultants not only have deep process and functional expertise, but also bring best practices from various sectors to develop and deploy the right solutions for your company.  AOP offers a full array of solutions to achieve operational excellence:

Complexity Reduction

AOP has intimately worked with several clients to spotlight and root out unwanted complexity hidden inside customer base, product portfolio and operations.  AOP SPOT AnalyticsSM pulls disparate information across all your ERP systems and supporting applications to isolate complexity in your brands, formulas, packaging and other key characteristics of your products and services, and most importantly, quantifies the financial and operational benefits of simplification.  AOP has successfully navigated customers through significant change in customer base, SKU de-proliferation, and consolidation of operational infrastructure.

BEST (Business Empowered & Structured Transformation) ERPSM

AOP has developed an approach that significantly de-risks the complicated and daunting task of replacing and/or upgrading your ERP.  We emphasize ownership across all impacted business functions with a focus on global process design and integration.  Additionally, an ERP solution cannot be implemented on time and within budget without recognizing the “transformative” impact on your business processes, requiring a structured means to manage all stakeholders and resources involved. AOP consultants fully engage with business leadership and working teams, and partner with IT organizations and system integrators to successfully roll out new capabilities and functionality that drive value to your company.

Service Operations

For service sectors such as healthcare, media and retail, AOP consultants apply Six Sigma and Lean principles across call centers, store operations, field service and other vital functions to cost effectively match current and future customer demand with operational infrastructure.  Starting with clearly defined operational, financial and customer metrics, AOP action-oriented approach involves a detailed root-cause analysis of performance, resulting in a clear roadmap to optimize end-to-end cross-functional business processes.  Input from the internal and external customers is integrated throughout the entire operational transformation.

Manufacturing/Supply Chain

Your network of manufacturing sites and the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of your production assets may be hampering your top-line growth and reducing bottom-line profitability.  Extracting value from existing infrastructure and your manufacturing partners can be a tricky endeavor – without clear metrics, plant-level involvement, and active engagement from the highest levels of management, these programs typically don’t meet expectations despite considerable investment of time and resources.  Our solutions balance the need for significant cost reductions and improved working capital management with higher quality and service levels to create competitive advantage.  We deploy an array of methods such as Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to better balance inventory levels and Network Design to rationalize existing and future asset base, resulting in a high-performance supply chain organization.

SG&A Optimization / Sales Force Effectiveness

Whether merger related or organic growth, your sales and support functions may not be in line with revenue growth.  G&A functions such as finance, HR, and IT can quickly become bloated and become a drag on profitability if not consistently benchmarked for productivity and optimized based on current and future sales.  AOP evaluates make vs. buy, demand management, service level agreements, spans of control and other proven techniques to calibrate costs to customer and business needs.

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