ChainSequence’s S&OP planning services were meticulously developed to work in concert with traditional supply chain planning practices, allowing your business to gain evidence-based insights and measure progress within a well-structured, inclusive program. With our expertise, gain the capability to maintain and drive focus, collaboration, alignment and synchronization among all of your business units. We can help your enterprise keep the emphasis exactly where it should be—on the strategic horizon where proactive change positively impacts execution.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
|While the concept of S&OP planning is certainly not new, developing an effective S&OP process takes time. ChainSequence also understands that S&OP Planning depends on periodic reviews and updates which can be critical to the success of your organization’s ability to achieve its long-term strategic goals. Our team conducts the crucial due diligence required to ensure that your S&OP planning efforts enable effective supply chain management that is appropriate for your unique organization. Whether you’re looking to implement a new process, or improve a program already in place, the ChainSequence team has the experience and expertise to help your business develop and navigate the best path toward long-term growth and success.|
Review and discuss product portfolio performance and roadmap update demand shaping input from Product Marketing / Product Management and Marketing. KPIs review should include discussion on opportunities for improvement.
Step Result: Product roadmap updates, Product portfolio adjustments, and SKU rationalization actions for improved demand and supply shaping
Develop a single, unconstrained view of the forecast utilizing input from a variety of sources, including AI/system-generated demand plans and market and customer trends and intelligence. Prior to this meeting, there may be multiple meetings grouped by product lines or sales channel to review opportunities and risks that may shape the ultimate consensus demand plan.
Step Result: 18+ month unconstrained consensus demand plan
Review the current demand plan, evaluating risks and assumptions compared to target inventory levels, and generate a supply response plan. Discuss supply scenarios to address constraints, procurement or logistics issues. Balance supply with demand and develop a preliminary constrained demand plan. Review longer-term production capacity for capital planning and investment.
Step Result: Supply chain network gap-closing scenarios to unconstrained demand plan and preliminary constrained demand plan
Review proposed operating plan compared to financial plans based on preliminary constrained demand plan. Focus on revenue shortfalls, production constraints, and excess inventory.
Discuss scenarios and trade-offs to present a recommended operating plan to the Executive Management Team for final approval.
Step Result: Proposed operating plan with demand and gap closing scenario actions
Focused Executive review to discuss and approve a single operating plan based upon recommendations. If necessary, approve actions to close gaps to the financial plan (budget). Review business performance and assign actions to address issues and improve performance.
Step Result: Final constrained operating plan with actions to be taken in subsequent S&OP cycles
|Improved customer service levels and satisfaction|
|Forecast accuracy improvment|
|Revenue improvement and increased productivity and responsiveness|
|Lower expediting event and Improved obsolescence costs|
|Ability to make better informed decisions|
|Improved cross-functional collaboration, consensus, communication, and visibility|
|Lower expediting events and improved obsolescence costs|
How ChainSequence Can help your organization:
Your company has no formal S&OP process
Your Supply Chain organization is aware of S&OP processes but don’t currently have one in place. How can we get started?
All S&OP processes have a set of common steps that must occur. Defining the cadence, organizational ownership, types of data required, and the necessary decisions that must be made in each of the steps is unique to your organization. We start with a standard best practice five-step model, and work with your team to personalize the process to support your unique business requirements.
Change management is critical, and our change management program will guide your organization down a path of success, minimizing communication, engagement, or education issues. In most cases, the team selected for development is also responsible for the execution of the S&OP cycle, also ensuring ownership and buy-in of the new process.
When it comes to technology, there are many software solutions available in the market today that provide an assortment of functionality to support the process. For these to be effective, it is absolutely necessary to have a clearly defined S&OP process first. The ChainSequence team will help you define the right process for your business, and then work with you to find the right technology solution that best supports your business and process.
Your company’s process is not meeting expectations
Your organization has an S&OP process, but it’s not effectively achieving your longer-term goals and financial objectives. How can ChainSequence help us?
ChainSequence starts with an assessment of your current S&OP and supply chain planning processes. Although all companies face similar challenges, no two are exactly alike. We’ll help you address your unique differences with practical solutions to improve your S&OP planning capabilities. We focus on identifying your key challenges to determine and recommend the most appropriate S&OP and Supply Chain Planning solutions.
The assessment identifies the underlying root cause of issues and recommends solutions to address and resolve each issue. The ineffectiveness of the S&OP program may also be the result of fundamental supply chain planning processes and principals the don’t support the S&OP process.
An S&OP program may also be ineffective as a result of fundamental supply chain planning processes and principles that can sabotage your S&OP program. A thorough review of your current supply chain planning processes will ensure a sound foundation to support your S&OP process moving forward. Omitting this step can best be described as a building a house on a foundation of sand—while the house may look supported at first, it will eventually, and inevitably, crumble.
Your company needs S&OP training
Your organization is considering an S&OP deployment. We need S&OP training to better understand the fundamentals before proceeding.
ChainSequence’s Education and Training sessions that focus on best-practice rules in Sales and Operations planning were developed as a data analysis-based companion service to our Supply Chain Training sessions. Organizations that want to better understand Sales and Operations Planning processes will learn how a formal review, analysis, and benchmarking can positively impact your bottom line.
|✢||Introductions, Objectives, Agenda|
|✢||What is S&OP; why do you need it|
|✢||S&OP Guiding Principles|
|✢||Primary steps of an S&OP process|
|✢||Defining organization involvement|
|✢||Defining the calendar and cadence|
|✢||Need for data integrity|
|✢||Reporting and dashboards|