SOURCE: Manufacturing Digital

Manufacturing Digital

June 05, 2012 12:27 ET

Leaning Towards Efficient Finance Processes, in Manufacturing Digital

NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jun 5, 2012) - 'Lean thinking' as a management philosophy has become for many the bedrock of process improvement in manufacturing. Although creating a lean accounting environment is a difficult task, it is no different to establishing any other lean process; the objective is to eliminate waste. Companies can learn from our experience in creating a deeply embedded culture of continuous improvement by, among other facets, empowering associates, top-leadership participation, providing a strong training backbone and organisational support.

When lean is applied to F&A it has a dual role, firstly, to improve its own processes (order-to-delivery & order-to-cash, reporting) therefore becoming 'lean' with the same focus on eliminating non-necessary tasks and improving flow. Secondly, to align with the broader 'lean' process by providing information that is relevant and actionable to empower the continuous improvement process.

It's critical to align performance measurement within a single system across all functions and not to have different systems for manufacturing and finance. If finance both as a department and a process doesn't transform as part of the lean implementation then the project can't be classified as a successful implementation or the full potential benefits be realised.

As Vice-President of Re-Engineering at a global leader in business process and technology management, Raj Bondada is perfectly placed to offer an insight into the challenges to implement lean accounting and how changing a manufacturer's automation philosophy can result in a host of benefits being realised.

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