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Case Study

Assessing the Finance Function & Planning Transformation

Industry
Team Size
1 Managing Director, 1 Senior Director, 2 Vice Presidents
Project Duration
8 weeks

The Situation

A $2B transportation and logistics company with13+ operating companies across North America sought to achieve operational improvement goals to improve cost efficiency and right size the company. The Company engaged a premier strategy consulting firm who completed an enterprise cost assessment study to identify savings targets including finance and IT. Accordion was engaged to conduct a detailed assessment of the finance function to validate cost savings estimates and opportunity hypothesis from the enterprise assessment.

Services

Finance Function Assessment & Design

Finance Transformation

The Execution

Worked with cross-functional stakeholders in corporate and operating companies to deep dive into efficiency improvement opportunities and validate the size of the prize.

  • Current State Assessment:
    • Held interviews with accounting, FP&A, external reporting, tax, and IT to document current operating model, process/data/system capabilities, roles & responsibilities, and pain points.
    • Conducted a deep dive analysis of the month end close process and chart of accounts.
    • Piloted benchmarking analysis and time studies to evaluate efficiency, productivity, and headcount in RTR, P2P, OTC.
  • Future State Design:
    • Created future state finance operating model and system architecture options.
    • Delivered to-be org sizing and FTE savings.
    • Produced a delivery model to enable standardization and a scalable growth via shared services.
    • Developed a roadmap with POC rollout approach.
    • Estimated ROI.

The Results

As a result of the engagement, the Company now has a solution that improves reporting visibility and eliminates manual reconciliations via unified COA and common source of truth for financial and operational data. Accordion established a scalable operating model and technology foundation for future growth and broke down silos between corporate and operating companies in driving change management and garner buy-in to a common target state vision. Additionally, our team garnered management support for the finance transformation program and recommended target solution to realize $5-8M in savings.