Working Capital Management

Companies who excel in their management of working capital will have a real competitive advantage

Current uncertainties in the global economy and financial markets are putting unprecedented pressures on companies and their supply chains. With investors and rating agencies feeling increasingly exposed, there has never been a more important time to focus on maximising liquidity and free cash flow.

Based on our experience working with clients to improve their working capital, CEOs, CFOs, Group Finance Directors, Group Treasurers or Shareholders are currently likely to face the following issues:

  • Additional funding requirements due to increased working capital driven by business growth
  • Lack of visibility on cash and working capital performance across the organisation, and entire working capital cycle
  • Lack of cash awareness across departments and geographies, with no working capital targets and incentives
  • Difficult working capital balancing act managing the trade-offs between cash, cost and service
  • High levels of overdue receivables and bad debt write-offs
  • Sub-optimal controls in relation to setting and managing payment terms of customers and suppliers
  • Broken Sales Operations and Planning (S&OP) process and poor stock visibility
  • Poor levels of customer service and On Time In Full (OTIF)

How we can help you?

  • Complete a working capital benchmarking exercise to compare performance against peers and identify potential improvement opportunities
  • Perform a diagnostic review to identify 'quick wins' and longer-term working capital improvement opportunities
  • Development of detailed action plans for implementation to generate cash and make sustainable improvements
  • Assist the implementation of sustainable working capital reduction by robust, efficient and collaborative processes, through focus on the key levers
  • Process optimisation throughout the entire end-to-end working capital cycles
  • Compliance and monitoring
  • Identification and improvement of commercial terms
  • Creating and embedding a 'cash culture' within the organisation, where the trade-offs between cash, cost and service are evaluated and optimised

Our insights and publications

2016 Australian and New Zealand Working Capital Survey

Improvements in working capital processes presents a $119 billion opportunity for Australian and NZ companies. How can we trigger this cash release?

2016 Annual Global Working Opportunity

We review the working capital performance of more than 13,000 businesses over a 10 year period. Our review identified significant opportunities to release cash from one of the cheapest sources available, working capital.

Managing risk: supply chain finance

An introduction to supply chain finance, its impact on organizations, and an overview of the ways companies are responding to the market place.

2015 Annual Global Working Capital Survey of the Oil & Gas sector

In this survey of over 900 oil & gas companies, we look at the key working capital trends across the globe in various sub-sectors of Oil & Gas.

Cash for growth: Working Capital in the manufacturing sector

A look at working capital performance across the manufacturing sector, and what the global trends are.

Contact us

David Pratt
Managing Director
Tel: +61 2 8266 2776

Jonas Schofer
Tel: +61 2 8266 4782

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