Now a day’s Economic and Financial situations are rapidly changing and are unpredictable. This has challenged financial organizations to provide their companies with better services so as to reduce the finance function costs. Earlier the finance function was being viewed simply as a department where the transactions were being processed and its existence was just to meet the statutory compliances.
Four Feathers management solutions limited's expert advice from an experienced finance consulting team can be of great value to finance executives. The Four Feathers Group provide major companies around the world with a range of financial consulting services that help drive greater efficiency and effectiveness throughout the finance function.
Our financial management consultants support clients to establish, enhance, review and reposition appropriate scaled finance functions so that their finance team and the organization both are geared for success.
We aim to enhance your financial performance and thus increasing values for the business. We at Four Feathers provide you with a range of financial management services under networks like efficient finance operations, effective decision support and finance strategy & transformation.
1. Finance Strategy and Transformation
Finance Strategy and Transformation helps a client to define the role of finance in driving the strategic business imperatives. It helps the CFO to clearly articulate its Finance vision and strategy, analyze the performance of the finance function, and develop a future state operating model that is fit for purpose.
This involves a wide-ranging review of the finance function, matching performance to business requirements and diagnosing areas for improvement across the finance landscape. It includes the following offerings:
Post-merger finance integration
Target operating model
2. Working capital enhancement
Do you want to release cash to fund business growth?
We help our clients to achieve an efficient working capital position and facilitate the release of cash to fund additional growth initiatives. An efficient working capital management programs include; robust systems, streamlined processes and management rigor with respect to costs and controls resulting in the release of cash.
We help clients in improving their cash operating cycles by reducing float in various finance processes and by building frameworks for effective cash forecasting. Following are the areas we put our efforts:
Facilitate additional growth with existing working capital
Optimization of the company’s cash
Procurement, accounts payable, inventory, and collection process improvement
Reduce debt exposure and manage the cost of capital
Improved visibility and reliability of information and the establishment of continuous control
3. Cost accounting and management
Potential profit can be lost because companies do not know the correct cost of their product, clients, and channels. Often, potential profit can be lost because companies are not able to obtain relevant and accurate cost for their pack, brand, product, customer, channel or region in a regular and automated manner.
Four Feathers group helps its clients to design processes and effective cost center hierarchies to gain insights into cost drivers to identify inefficiencies, especially product costs to enable adequate analysis.
This helps clients obtain timely insightful information, focus on business drivers and helps enhance the available capacity (people, infrastructure, resources, etc.).
4. Business partnering and decision support
Is finance viewed as a business partner by executive management and business leaders?
The changing business environment would require agile and commercially astute decision-making to make the business responsive to market challenges, in order to remain profitable. Scenario analysis, make vs buy, allocation of limited resources to diverse business needs and such other decisions can be key to success in today’s environment.
We help organizations form the necessary frameworks and structures by building granular data capture through the design of the chart of accounts, cost center hierarchies, cost collectors, etc. This can enable the finance function to lead initiatives around analytics and decision support for their business.
Enhanced roles and accountability for the finance function
Develop skills necessary for decision support activities
Finance becomes a force for organizational change and drives business effectiveness through value-added relationship
5. Planning budgeting and forecasting
Is your management information more ‘Informative’ or ‘Actionable’?
We at Four Feathers believe that the traditional bottom-up approach to planning, where historical performance underpins the plan, may not remain relevant in today’s volatile environment. We help organizations to implement a driver-based planning and forecasting process.
We work with various information technology tools to make the process efficient and relevant. This also helps define accountability and measure performance at the appropriate levels in the organization. Further, this helps free up the time of the senior management to analyze performance and drive action i.e.
Align budgeting and target setting with strategic plans
Drive financial planning via key business drivers
Focus on ‘what we need to do’ not ‘what happened’
Move to roll forecast to reflect the ongoing nature of business
Provide tools to free time for analysis and insights
6. Finance function benchmarking
Have you benchmarked your finance processes vis-à-vis industry leaders?
Benchmarking can provide an assessment of the current status of a finance function vis-à-vis the industry. FF helps clients in benchmarking both quantitative and qualitative parameters. This helps to identify potential areas of improvement, evaluate process maturity and layout a road map to achieve the desired future state.
Process maturity evaluation using our assessment model
To measure effectiveness and identify improvement areas
To enhance existing capabilities and define a road map to achieve the desired future state
Identify opportunities for cost optimization and performance management