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Innovation

Innovation is an ongoing journey that is crucial towards maintaining a company’s sustainable development. In order to create a competitive and sustainable advantage, it’s imperative that company develop an environment that is favorable towards the emergence of tomorrow’s products and services.

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Operational Business Plan Development

Transforming a promising idea into a real business opportunity? Kepler supports its clients in their effort to create detailed operational business plans from a project’s inception. We co-create the required framework blocks (i.e. value innovation, market analysis, industrial planning, product costing, risk assessment, quality monitoring plan, make vs. buy…).and work alongside the leadership team to validate / approve each step of the plan.

New Product Development Process Optimization

Innovation processes are not always fully adapted to meet the corporate quality/cost/time requirements of an organization. Based on our experiences in cutting-edge sectors of innovation, we adapt the process throughout the development/industrialization cycle (goals definition, feasibility, design validation, product/process validation, standardization, etc.) to meet the goals and expectations of the organization. Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, as well as the synchronization and interfaces between departments. We also propose tools to facilitate collaborative work.

Supplier Innovation

Suppliers (when given the opportunity) can contribute greatly to a company’s innovation goals, provided there is a favorable and mutually beneficial environment. Kepler offers a customized nine (9) step approach that aims to create a successful ecosystem that rewards innovation. Kepler supports the approach in some concrete cases in which other Kepler skills may also be required (creativity, VAVE, supplier development…).

Lean Engineering

Agility is crucial during design phases whereas budgets and deadlines are strictly controlled. Lean engineering aims to increase efficiency by reducing excess as well as development cost, utilizing the added value brought via collaborators. Our approach relies on adopting a broad perspective, supported by field observations in order to identify the root cause of losses and to create targeted and operational action plans.

Design to Cost and Value Engineering

Value engineering is a must in order to achieve technological and economic optimization. Our teams deploy this method for our clients in a cross functional perspective by relying on internal Kepler experts (e.g. lean/ maintenance experts) and external experts (architect, engineering firms, suppliers…). They also design a complete view of the expected performance and elaborate a comprehensive set of optimization opportunities.

Procurement

There are many challenges brought about by the procurement process. Developing savings opportunities is the cornerstone of all our efforts, but other areas, i.e. increasing gross revenue, market intelligence, localizing material purchases, building strategic partnerships, minimizing risk, etc. are key factors as well. Kepler brings personalized expertise, enhanced by advanced practices, to each one of these elements.

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Category Management and Sourcing Strategies

Alignment with the company’s strategic goals and with the various operational roadmaps (engineering, finance, sales, marketing, etc.) can bring new and greater efficiency to Procurement. Kepler has a unique model geared towards building sourcing strategies that incorporates the need for agility as well as long-term goals.

International Sourcing & Market Studies

The strategic understanding of a particular region and the operational flexibility that comes with international development requires that Procurement develop a deep knowledge of its supply base and the local procurement practices. Relying on its network of worldwide offices, Kepler supports Procurement in its international planning / development goals.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

Among the most underused levers in Procurement, SRM and its corollary – supplier development. This lever is crucial component necessary to drive improved supplier performance and to strengthening strategic axes such as innovation and international development. Kepler specializes in deploying programs across both areas, from strategic assessments to localized implementation. Deployment is supported by targeted training/coaching programs for relevant functions.

Negotiation Toolkits

Negotiations with suppliers too often fail because of the following; weak arguments, unreliable or unavailable data, improper financial modeling and poor savings estimates, etc. As a result, Kepler has developed customized negotiations toolkits across multiple industry sectors. These toolkits are used as a learning mechanism that enhances the skills of procurement teams that can be reused during future negotiations.

Cost Modeling & Saving Strategies

Modeling procurement costs is more crucial than ever, not only in relation to suppliers but also internally as a means of making more sound / sustainable technical choices (e.g. Costed BOM’s). Kepler relies on its own should cost methodology and the software (‘EasyKost’) to solve these challenges.

Supply Chain

Enhancing Supply Chain is at the heart of the corporate challenge, i.e. balancing materials and product flows with optimal pricing, quality, and delivery expectations — from increasingly demanding customers.

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Logistics Master Planning and Optimization

Optimize your logistics network must meet both short and medium term needs. The network must be sufficiently flexible to accommodate future requirements. Our approach is based on the targeted mapping of inbound and outbound material flows to better understand where opportunities exist. We take into consideration the geopolitical as well as economic challenges in order to create realistic scenarios that achieve cost, service quality, and accessibility requirements.

Planning and Scheduling

Planning and scheduling at a production site are historically the weaker links within an organization’s supply chain. We work in a targeted fashion in order to make processes more consistent / reliable and to determine which tools fit the organization’s needs. In our experience automation is not always the best solution. We focus heavily on implementing feed-back loops between planning and scheduling, so that each aligns with the other.

Dimensioning and Warehouse Management

Warehousing need to be redesigned as a value generator vs. a buffer between production and customers. Kepler work on all aspects of dimensioning, i.e. surface, storage type/density, material, implantation—all focused around customer needs. We build your management system with customized IT tools, indices, and animation.

Inventory Management

In order to optimize inventory management it is necessary to understand the variables that affect them, namely; procurement, logistics, and warehousing. Our global expertise in operations makes it possible for us to rank the levers that need to be used: inbound logistics conditions, optimizing management rules, localizing stock, matching with real time demand, etc… We build and deploy customized action plans in order to reduce stock over time and to develop better working capital requirements.

Improved Service Rate

Service rate is often a forgotten link in the Supply Chain. It is either poorly calculated or badly shared and is not typically driver behind customer service or operational excellence. Our efforts are initially focused on the assumption that the service rate calculation is robust and broadly shared. We then organize workshops to identify and solve the root cause problems driving the poor performance elements. Our methods to implement solutions include; reshaping the S&OP/MPS, reviewing the existing processes, taking an ongoing approach toward improvement using lean solutions, etc.

End-to-End Supply Chain management

The purpose of the Supply Chain is often limited to logistics or planning instead of embracing a larger responsibility as a facilitator between various company divisions. We work with organizations to identify the Supply Chain ‘perimeter’ that fits your organizational framework. We model its full cost, build new roles and responsibilities and determine performance metrics and routines in order to manage your Supply Chain more efficiently.

Operations

Optimizing operations entails working on the physical material flow (from raw materials to the finished product), the information flow and on the employees flow. Our experts work with you to transform your operations by beginning with the right projects.

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Lean Transformation

Lean transformation is a corporate project focused on collective problem solving to improve customer service. We help you to implement initial pilot projects (3 to 6 months) and then seek the necessary resources to autonomously deploy technical lean solutions. We also use performance management tools and take fundamental steps towards change management (1 to 3 years).

Maintenance Optimization

Improving maintenance’s performance is crucial when managing industrial equipment. However, it is difficult to manage maintenance costs due to a lack of information as well as key indicators at the operational level. Kepler guides clients to gain efficiency in Prioritization/ Preparation/ Planning, creating a budget – all while becoming more efficient and reducing cost. Implementing change is necessary to gain greater operating predictability and to align production with maintenance.

OPEX/ CAPEX Optimization

Defining the right level of OPEX and CAPEX requires a greater understanding of a company’s success around value and performance. We adopt a very pragmatic approach to measure this data and determine long term solutions. We work with the field teams in order to drive greater efficiency, whether it’s reorganizing a workstation in order to remove excessive waste / improve ergonomics or reshaping a workshop prior to a new project.

Managing Fully Burdened Unit Costs

Fully burdened unit costs are often miscalculated. Either they do not thoroughly understand the components (differentiated costs per machine, series) or they are too complicated to be reviewed and adapted quickly. By using our own calculation models we work with finance, production control and operational teams in order to determine the right parameters and precise granularity. We interface this methodology / calculation with the company’s ERP systems.

Cross Functional Process Redesign

All companies are faced with divisions that work in ‘silos’, often resulting in inefficient cross functional processes. We use a lean manufacturing technique known as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), which makes it possible for all parties involved in the process to gather towards a common objective: better servicing the customer. Known also under the term “kaizen”, this approach makes it possible to see results quickly – typically within the first week.

Innovation

Innovation is an ongoing journey that is crucial towards maintaining a company’s sustainable development. In order to create a competitive and sustainable advantage, it’s imperative that company develop an environment that is favorable towards the emergence of tomorrow’s products and services.

downloadConsult the
business cases
arrow

Operational Business Plan Development

Transforming a promising idea into a real business opportunity? Kepler supports its clients in their effort to create detailed operational business plans from a project’s inception. We co-create the required framework blocks (i.e. value innovation, market analysis, industrial planning, product costing, risk assessment, quality monitoring plan, make vs. buy…).and work alongside the leadership team to validate / approve each step of the plan.

New Product Development Process Optimization

Innovation processes are not always fully adapted to meet the corporate quality/cost/time requirements of an organization. Based on our experiences in cutting-edge sectors of innovation, we adapt the process throughout the development/industrialization cycle (goals definition, feasibility, design validation, product/process validation, standardization, etc.) to meet the goals and expectations of the organization. Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, as well as the synchronization and interfaces between departments. We also propose tools to facilitate collaborative work.

Supplier Innovation

Suppliers (when given the opportunity) can contribute greatly to a company’s innovation goals, provided there is a favorable and mutually beneficial environment. Kepler offers a customized nine (9) step approach that aims to create a successful ecosystem that rewards innovation. Kepler supports the approach in some concrete cases in which other Kepler skills may also be required (creativity, VAVE, supplier development…).

Lean Engineering

Agility is crucial during design phases whereas budgets and deadlines are strictly controlled. Lean engineering aims to increase efficiency by reducing excess as well as development cost, utilizing the added value brought via collaborators. Our approach relies on adopting a broad perspective, supported by field observations in order to identify the root cause of losses and to create targeted and operational action plans.

Design to Cost and Value Engineering

Value engineering is a must in order to achieve technological and economic optimization. Our teams deploy this method for our clients in a cross functional perspective by relying on internal Kepler experts (e.g. lean/ maintenance experts) and external experts (architect, engineering firms, suppliers…). They also design a complete view of the expected performance and elaborate a comprehensive set of optimization opportunities.

Procurement

There are many challenges brought about by the procurement process. Developing savings opportunities is the cornerstone of all our efforts, but other areas, i.e. increasing gross revenue, market intelligence, localizing material purchases, building strategic partnerships, minimizing risk, etc. are key factors as well. Kepler brings personalized expertise, enhanced by advanced practices, to each one of these elements.

downloadConsult the
business cases
arrow

Category Management and Sourcing Strategies

Alignment with the company’s strategic goals and with the various operational roadmaps (engineering, finance, sales, marketing, etc.) can bring new and greater efficiency to Procurement. Kepler has a unique model geared towards building sourcing strategies that incorporates the need for agility as well as long-term goals.

International Sourcing & Market Studies

The strategic understanding of a particular region and the operational flexibility that comes with international development requires that Procurement develop a deep knowledge of its supply base and the local procurement practices. Relying on its network of worldwide offices, Kepler supports Procurement in its international planning / development goals.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

Among the most underused levers in Procurement, SRM and its corollary – supplier development. This lever is crucial component necessary to drive improved supplier performance and to strengthening strategic axes such as innovation and international development. Kepler specializes in deploying programs across both areas, from strategic assessments to localized implementation. Deployment is supported by targeted training/coaching programs for relevant functions.

Negotiation Toolkits

Negotiations with suppliers too often fail because of the following; weak arguments, unreliable or unavailable data, improper financial modeling and poor savings estimates, etc. As a result, Kepler has developed customized negotiations toolkits across multiple industry sectors. These toolkits are used as a learning mechanism that enhances the skills of procurement teams that can be reused during future negotiations.

Cost Modeling & Saving Strategies

Modeling procurement costs is more crucial than ever, not only in relation to suppliers but also internally as a means of making more sound / sustainable technical choices (e.g. Costed BOM’s). Kepler relies on its own should cost methodology and the software (‘EasyKost’) to solve these challenges.

Supply Chain

Enhancing Supply Chain is at the heart of the corporate challenge, i.e. balancing materials and product flows with optimal pricing, quality, and delivery expectations — from increasingly demanding customers.

downloadConsult the
business cases
arrow

Logistics Master Planning and Optimization

Optimize your logistics network must meet both short and medium term needs. The network must be sufficiently flexible to accommodate future requirements. Our approach is based on the targeted mapping of inbound and outbound material flows to better understand where opportunities exist. We take into consideration the geopolitical as well as economic challenges in order to create realistic scenarios that achieve cost, service quality, and accessibility requirements.

Planning and Scheduling

Planning and scheduling at a production site are historically the weaker links within an organization’s supply chain. We work in a targeted fashion in order to make processes more consistent / reliable and to determine which tools fit the organization’s needs. In our experience automation is not always the best solution. We focus heavily on implementing feed-back loops between planning and scheduling, so that each aligns with the other.

Dimensioning and Warehouse Management

Warehousing need to be redesigned as a value generator vs. a buffer between production and customers. Kepler work on all aspects of dimensioning, i.e. surface, storage type/density, material, implantation—all focused around customer needs. We build your management system with customized IT tools, indices, and animation.

Inventory Management

In order to optimize inventory management it is necessary to understand the variables that affect them, namely; procurement, logistics, and warehousing. Our global expertise in operations makes it possible for us to rank the levers that need to be used: inbound logistics conditions, optimizing management rules, localizing stock, matching with real time demand, etc… We build and deploy customized action plans in order to reduce stock over time and to develop better working capital requirements.

Improved Service Rate

Service rate is often a forgotten link in the Supply Chain. It is either poorly calculated or badly shared and is not typically driver behind customer service or operational excellence. Our efforts are initially focused on the assumption that the service rate calculation is robust and broadly shared. We then organize workshops to identify and solve the root cause problems driving the poor performance elements. Our methods to implement solutions include; reshaping the S&OP/MPS, reviewing the existing processes, taking an ongoing approach toward improvement using lean solutions, etc.

End-to-End Supply Chain management

The purpose of the Supply Chain is often limited to logistics or planning instead of embracing a larger responsibility as a facilitator between various company divisions. We work with organizations to identify the Supply Chain ‘perimeter’ that fits your organizational framework. We model its full cost, build new roles and responsibilities and determine performance metrics and routines in order to manage your Supply Chain more efficiently.

Operations

Optimizing operations entails working on the physical material flow (from raw materials to the finished product), the information flow and on the employees flow. Our experts work with you to transform your operations by beginning with the right projects.

downloadConsult the
business cases
arrow

Lean Transformation

Lean transformation is a corporate project focused on collective problem solving to improve customer service. We help you to implement initial pilot projects (3 to 6 months) and then seek the necessary resources to autonomously deploy technical lean solutions. We also use performance management tools and take fundamental steps towards change management (1 to 3 years).

Maintenance Optimization

Improving maintenance’s performance is crucial when managing industrial equipment. However, it is difficult to manage maintenance costs due to a lack of information as well as key indicators at the operational level. Kepler guides clients to gain efficiency in Prioritization/ Preparation/ Planning, creating a budget – all while becoming more efficient and reducing cost. Implementing change is necessary to gain greater operating predictability and to align production with maintenance.

OPEX/ CAPEX Optimization

Defining the right level of OPEX and CAPEX requires a greater understanding of a company’s success around value and performance. We adopt a very pragmatic approach to measure this data and determine long term solutions. We work with the field teams in order to drive greater efficiency, whether it’s reorganizing a workstation in order to remove excessive waste / improve ergonomics or reshaping a workshop prior to a new project.

Managing Fully Burdened Unit Costs

Fully burdened unit costs are often miscalculated. Either they do not thoroughly understand the components (differentiated costs per machine, series) or they are too complicated to be reviewed and adapted quickly. By using our own calculation models we work with finance, production control and operational teams in order to determine the right parameters and precise granularity. We interface this methodology / calculation with the company’s ERP systems.

Cross Functional Process Redesign

All companies are faced with divisions that work in ‘silos’, often resulting in inefficient cross functional processes. We use a lean manufacturing technique known as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), which makes it possible for all parties involved in the process to gather towards a common objective: better servicing the customer. Known also under the term “kaizen”, this approach makes it possible to see results quickly – typically within the first week.

Expertise in your Professional Field

Industrie

Industry

We provide support to industrial clients that are facing growth challenges, e.g. international expansion, innovation, mergers & acquisitions. Our consultants enhance competitiveness by deploying customized performance programs for operations, supply-chain and procurement across multiple industry sectors:

  • Capital Goods
  • Automotive and Mass production
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy
  • Consumer Goods
  • Health
  • Luxury
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Industrie

Distribution & Retail

We review our customer’s distribution sales channels, with a specific focus on optimizing; procurement strategies, pricing mechanisms / models, digitalization — by way of category management as well as operations (procurements, supply-chain, development, construction…).

Business Channels:

  • B-to-C Distribution & Retail
  • B-to-B Distribution
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Industrie

Services

Nous conduisons pour nos clients opérateurs de services, des missions d’optimisation des organisations et processus, ainsi que de déploiement de politique d’optimisation de l’actif (CAPEX, MRO, Construction…). L’objectif de ces missions est de garantir le meilleur service pour un coût d’exploitation optimal.

  • Transports
  • Construction et promotion immobilière
  • Services aux entreprises
  • Banque et Assurance
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Private Equity

We partner with private equity firms on operational Due Diligence, build-up operations to maximize synergies, and implement performance plans for their portfolio companies.

  • Private Equity
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A Customized Approach

Training

Raising Awareness and Perfecting Knowledge Transfer

Our teams consistently focus on knowledge transfer. We create and deploy programs for specific training in our various fields of expertise. Our approach to training ensures that the methods installed will align perfectly with the goals of the organization while also achieving value.

Diagnostic

Structuring and Engaging

KEPLER consultants specialize in assessing challenges and mobilizing a corporation around a robust, ambitious and operational performance plan. Our diagnostic programs are customized and based on known business and industry benchmarks to ensure success.

‘Tiger Team’

Acting and Fixing

We specialize in “tiger team” deployments. These focused sessions are operational and pragmatic, affording us the autonomy to unscramble core business dilemmas. Our priority with these sessions is to delivered a quick yet focused solution offering.

Transformation

Mobilizing and Initiating Change

In order to structure and implement a proposed plan, we aim to mobilize the entire organization around a specific program with a common vision leading to change. In addition to deploying initiatives, we implement customized management systems to ensure continued success.

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