Contract risk & Supply Chain services

Maximise the value and minimise the risks from third party contracts with our teams advice.

Your supply chain and your relationships with your suppliers are underpinned by the contracts you have with your suppliers. It is difficult to optimise the efficiency and resilience of your supply chains if you do not actively manage your contracts with suppliers and the associated commercial risks. You can draw on our specialist contract management team to ensure your contracts support your overall strategy.

Your contracts could be costing you as much as 10% of your revenue? The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) has found that contract and commercial management weaknesses cost companies the equivalent of 9% of annual revenue.

Contract and Commercial Risk Services

Getting the right contracts in place on both the buy and sell side will give you a competitive advantage. You will also need a robust, commercially focused governance framework to manage these contracts throughout their lifecycle. We combine our deep understanding of commercial contracts and a data-driven approach to unlock value for you. Our insights and practical ideas will help you drive better commercial outcomes.

Whether your supplier management is as straight forward as 'expediting' or whether you have regular, formal meetings to review ongoing delivery, we can help you create a supplier review framework. The framework will assist you in creating healthy supplier relationships that means both you and your suppliers are driving joint improvements and innovations.

Our team provides a range of services throughout the contract lifecycle to help your organisation mitigate risk and enhance value including:

  • Business case assessments
  • Procurement reviews
  • Commercial terms analysis
  • Contract and commercial management framework design and implementation
  • Cost reduction and recovery programmes
  • Cost verification
  • Contract management effectiveness
  • Embedded contract audit programmes - expenditure and revenue side
  • Supplier risk profiling and contingency
  • Negotiation strategy development
  • Contract exit and transition programme management
  • Final account settlement
  • M&A: contract risk management and optimisation
  • Lessons learned and commercial improvement advice
  • CLM system implementation support
  • Commercial transformation
  • CLM effectiveness

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Supply chain services

Do you need more efficient and resilient supply chains? Are you expanding into new markets or integrating with a new merger or acquisition? Whatever supply challenges or opportunities you and your business face, we will help you achieve your objectives with technical expertise and pragmatic advice. We can also provide additional resources to support your supply chain team/function.

If you are a business with a supply chain, we can and will help you. We support businesses across the full spectrum of industry sectors including retail, warehousing and transportation, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. We work with organisations of any size and scale, from startups and small and medium businesses to large multi-national enterprises and non-profit organisations.

We will put you and your business objectives at the heart of everything we do. We will invest the time to fully understand how your business and supply chains operate and then deliver the right solution by following a simple "Access, Design, Deliver & Optimise" approach. We take a holistic view of your supply chains and business to provide advice on any tax and compliance issues.

Our team is a part of BDO’s Global Value Chain Solutions. As key member of the BDO International network, we will deliver local expertise and support wherever you, or your suppliers, operate. There are BDO firms operating in over 160 countries and in every major financial and business centre.

Our approach to supply chain management

We use a range of common business tools to support our supply chain services and advice.

This provides a visual communication medium to ensure there are no gaps in a process and that all aspects of a workflow are accounted for. Processes can then be turned into Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and User stories. 

We use S&OP to provide an overview of your entire business to use in planning supply chain enhancements and improvements. 

Our approach relies heavily on data. We will work with you to ensure that you are collecting, and effectively using, the right data to support your decision-making. We can also recommend technology and automation to improve the quality and timeliness of your business and supply chain data. 

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Our supply chain services

Below you will find more information about the range supply chain-related services we deliver to clients.

If you need a diagnosis of what is and is not working well in your supply chains, we will conduct a Supply Chain Health Check.

We use a workshop to review changes to your supply chain environment and how your supply chain can be optimised and made more resilient. The outcome will cover how to deliver efficiencies in your supply chain and how to prepare for further change to your supply chain environment.

Whether you are looking to increase capacity, relocate operations, reduce inventory or select the most appropriate automation for your supply chain, you can turn to us to help you design the right strategy to achieve your goals.

Having a robust and well-though through supply chain strategy will ensure that your supply chains are designed and developed to be both efficient and resilient.

A data-driven understanding of the risks inherent to your supply chains is a cornerstone of resilient supply chain management. It will enable you to identify any potential issues and focus your time and resources where they will make the biggest difference.

Assessing and managing supply chains risk can seem a daunting task. We will help you break the challenge down into manageable elements and we can use targeted audits and in-depth impact assessments to provide the high-quality data you need.

We can also support you in designing and implementing the processes and controls to manage any supply chain risks that you identify.

You can outsource the management of any part of your supply chains from transport and warehousing to customs clearance and route planning. The decision to outsource can be a difficult and emotive one as the pros and cons will depend hugely on your specific circumstances.

We will help you evaluate outsourcing your supply chain management so that you can find the solution that delivers the best performance and costs. We provide the outsourced management of part or whole supply chains.

Packaging plays a key role in supply chains and logistics but the environmental impact of packaging has recently come into sharp focus as a result the Plastic Packaging Tax and the UK Packaging Waste Regulations.

Undertaking a packaging review with our help and expertise, will enable you to reduce your environmental impact, bring down costs and make your business more profitable. A review is also the first step to understanding and meeting your regulatory obligations on packaging.

Supply chain management automation is an increasingly effective means of improving outcomes and reducing costs. In recent years, the E-commerce boom has been made possible by, and has driven, warehouse automation.

Innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are driving further automation. Automation can help your business build efficient logistics networks, reduce waste, improve safety and provide real-time information that supports better business decisions.

We can advise you how to make the most of the opportunities to introduce or develop automation across your supply chains and logistics.

Recent events have exposed the vulnerability supply, both locally and internationally. Energy prices, material shortages, industrial action, geopolitics, environmental regulations and even a cargo ship getting stuck in the Suez canal all impact on supply chains across the world to the point where they disrupt business operations.

We have seen a move towards shortening and diversifying supply chains in a bid to improve resilience. This is not without its own challenges.

Finally, while events across the globe can have an impact, it is important to remember the importance of the "final mile". This is the most visible and high-profile part of your supply chain and can have a disproportionate impact on brand and reputation.

We will review your current logistics solutions and help you to understand the options available to you in the market. You can also rely on us to help you map the skills and talent you need to support your supply chain management function and address any shortcomings.

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