Industrial Goods and Services
Companies within the manufacturing sector are the pillars of the German economy. They operate in a highly dynamic environment in increasingly global and uncertain markets. The banking crisis and the precarious economic situation of many countries have led to great uncertainty and volatility in the financial, commodity and international markets. With rising competition companies must also meet the changing legal requirements on information obligation as well as sustainability. Those aspects are increasingly involved in the end consumers' buying decision. Even with energy and environment issues, energy-starving manufacturing companies face challenges which are not determinable at the moment.
Probably the biggest challenge is keeping an eye and the focus on the customer while satisfying the changing needs with innovative products. Whoever does not perform consistent innovation management is quickly out of the game. And without customers, means no business. Nokia and Grundig are warning examples for that matter.
The key challenges lie in creating an organization and processes ready and able to compete successfully in an increasingly international and uncertain environment. The value of 4C GROUP support for your business will be reflected in the strength of the management instruments. We support and accompany you on this demanding and challenging journey.
Current and future challenges in the manufacturing industry
- Uncertainty on markets for raw material and sales
- Increasing and more global competition
- Changing business models due to greater customization of products
- Transformation of sales markets (demographic change / development in emerging markets)
- Increasing prices in energy purchasing and insecure energy supply ("energy revolution")
- Changing recruiting requirements due to changes in that attitude of young people
- Changing funding expectations of partner within the supply chain
- Increased information needs and documentation requirements in the supply chain and in cooperation with banks
- Increasing non-bank financing on the capital market
Our services for the manufacturing industry
Sales and Marketing
_Sales management models
_Optimization of the sales organization
_Discount analysis models
_Complexity management approach (see R&D)
Procurement and logistics
_Professionalization of outsourcing
_Set-up of shared service organization
_Company innovation check
_Management model and reporting (stage-gate-processes)
_Management models for "exotic" innovations
_Complexity management approach (see Sales)
_Planning and simulation tools
_Top management reporting
_Commercial reporting incl. consolidation
_Optimization of commercial processes (shared services)
_Selection and implementation of ERP solutions
_Personnel management incl. demographic check
_Set-up of shared services
_IT cost management
Your contact for the manufacturing industry
Master of Economics and Business Administration
For Stephan Grunwald, consulting is an entrepreneurial activity that covers many different aspects; in various industries, for companies of different sizes, in different management structures. Yet always with the same entrepreneurship. The prerequisite for this is a sound, broadly diversified business administration foundation. For him, however, the consistent implementation of a concept is the key entrepreneurial aspect of consulting that differentiates the 4C GROUP from the competition.
His consulting expertise lies in innovation management, planning, controlling and reporting, cost management and organization development as well as control processes.