Name: Linpac Allibert
Scale: Turnover €400m, 600 staff
Reach: Europe + South America
Autonomous division of the LINPAC Group, prior to sale, manufacturing returnable transit packaging (RTP) and operating pan European across retail, automotive and general industrial sectors.
(a) Standardise European project reporting and integrate with the forecasting process.
(b) Relocate the divisional finance function from Paris to the UK and develop the role of Divisional Financial Controller.
(a) Achieved robust consistent reporting of diverse projects to enable tracking of benefits. Regular review of results enabled project delivery to be chased in the local regions and gave visibility of improvement opportunities that could be applied across multiple regions. Benefits in excess of £1m cashflow improvements by 6 months.
(b) Divisional finance function relocated, with reduced core staff and improvements in profit, cashflow and working capital forecasting and reporting across all business entities. Shifted structural focus to use short term project roles involving finance specialists to work on key business initiatives aligned to strategy.
Client comments: ‘… a flexible individual, enabled by a good breadth of experience across a variety of businesses. This enables him to communicate effectively at all levels. He is both dedicated and supportive and has been a valued member of the team throughout.’ Ian Robinson, Finance Director