Working Capital Optimization
Managing working capital within the supply chain has gained significant importance in recent years: Companies are operating in constraint capital markets and face rising global pressure from competition and customers. In many cases, this results in short liquidity and excess working capital levels. To free up additional liquidity and improve their financial position, companies increasingly try to tap their own internal resources of which working capital plays a prominent role. Experience shows that working capital programs have to integrate the various parts of the supply chain in order to avoid local improvements that do not deliver the required overall results.
Holistic working capital improvement programs
Barkawi Management Consultants helps companies to drive holistic working capital improvement programs. Those programs contain a variety of topics such as inventory management, demand planning, network design, lead time optimization, and others. To achieve sustainable results, we take an end-to-end view on the value chain while explicitly taking cross-functional and cross-company interdependencies into account. Our special attention is on linking operational and financial performance. Thereby, we can address the growing need to introduce a common ground between the CFO and COO to drive further improvements. These efforts are supported by our proven working capital toolbox that builds upon the most innovative approaches in working capital management.
- Working capital benchmarking & health check
- Cash conversion cycle mapping
- Financial SCM performance models and simulation
- Network design
- Inventory management
- Demand and supply planning
- Lead time optimization
- A/R, A/P governance and process improvements
- Innovative supply chain financing instruments (e.g., supply chain finance, inventory financing, collaboration platforms)
- Supply chain risk management