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From sustainability to talent shortages, the manufacturing sector is facing significant challenges. Discover how our transformational expertize can help your business survive and thrive.

“Manufacturers are facing a complex set of challenges, from evolving customer demands to supply chain disruption. Berkeley can partner with manufacturers to transform their business so they can not only overcome the difficult challenges, but achieve long-term ambitions.”

Alasdair McGregor

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“Manufacturers are facing a complex set of challenges, from evolving customer demands to supply chain disruption. Berkeley can partner with manufacturers to transform their business so they can not only overcome the difficult challenges, but achieve long-term ambitions.”

Alasdair McGregor

Contact Alasdair Alasdair

Manufacturing sector consulting: turning complex challenges into growth opportunities

The manufacturing sector is facing an unprecedented number of challenges. Geopolitical factors are increasingly disrupting supply chains. Customer expectations are evolving and increasing. Technology continues both to disrupt and to offer new opportunities for growth. The workforce is ageing and there’s a shortage of new talent. All this is taking place while pressure is increasing to act on sustainability and achieve net zero.

How do you adapt your strategy and transform your business while keeping ahead of competitors? Berkeley’s manufacturing consultants can partner with you to understand the unique needs of your organization, navigate these complex challenges, and maximize your business performance.

Our ‘low volume, high value’ model means you won’t be overwhelmed by large teams or take months to see results. By providing one or two highly experienced and high caliber people, we can assess and turn around major programs in weeks, or help you develop a core strategy in a matter of days.

Supporting manufacturers with digital transformation and data analytics

We are highly experienced in digital transformation and can work with manufacturers to implement the technology and data capabilities that are right for their businesses. This includes helping to shape and lead enterprise resource planning (ERP) transformation, and ensuring the full benefits are realized.

Our consultants can help you with your data strategy so that you can get the most out of your data, enabling more informed, evidence-based decision-making across the manufacturing cycle.

Berkeley can also support manufacturers to transform their cyber security, increasing cyber resilience and protecting valuable data from malicious activity.

Helping manufacturers to lead finance transformation

A strong finance function is critical to ensuring cost efficiency and business value. Our finance transformation consultants can work with manufacturers to assess the needs of their business, and ensure the finance function both aligns with and enables strategic decision-making.

Helping manufacturers become more agile

Our manufacturing consultants can work with you to look at your business in the round and design the right operating model to achieve your ambitions, helping you to be more agile and able to respond to market demands. For example, we can help B2B manufacturers who need to evolve to include a direct-to-consumer model.

We can assist with adapting supply chain strategy and leading transformational change, including reshoring or outsourcing, to minimize disruption risks and enable better efficiency. Our consultants can help you decide the right strategy to adopt and manage the supplier or manufacturing partner selection process to ensure the desired outcomes.

Consulting help to achieve sustainability in manufacturing

Reducing emissions and waste to meet net zero objectives can be a daunting and complex challenge. Our transformation expertise can help your people to bridge the divide between ambition and outcomes, and embed sustainability throughout your business.

Consulting support to overcome the manufacturing talent shortage

Our consultants can help you to better attract and retain high-performing teams, including frontline workers. We are able to evaluate and transform the employee experience, including management practices, working models, and organizational culture. As well as helping you achieve the right working environment for your people, we can help ensure better productivity and operational efficiency.

We can also partner with you to set an ambitious and actionable HR strategy that achieves your talent objectives and delivers long-term business outcomes.

Clients often ask us…

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How do we set up our organisation to achieve our future ambitions?

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What can technology do to support our ambitious growth plans? 

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How can we leverage technology to make our business operations more efficient?

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How should the technology landscape and operating model change to support our growth agenda?

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How can I embed sustainability throughout our manufacturing operations and meet net zero targets? 

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How can we best use our data and ensure we have the right information to improve decision-making? 

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How do we build our cyber resilience capability?

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How do we attract and retain the right manufacturing talent at all levels of our organisation?

Upgrading systems to support swift growth

Xaar were growing fast and had made big commitments to ramping up that growth still further. They knew their current systems needed to be changed to support this growth and they were close to making a big ERP investment which could well have proved to be an expensive mistake. We were called in to review this decision and quickly set them on the right course to creating a firm foundation for continued growth.

Increasing investment in cyber security maturity

Our client – a global supply chain logistics company – works with many well-known consumer goods brands, making them an attractive target for potential cyber criminals. In the wake of several well-publicised major supply chain cyber-attacks on other companies, the executive leadership team and board recognised they faced a significant risk – which could result in substantial damage to financial performance, business continuity and reputation.

Global consumer goods company

Our client was a global consumer goods company mobilising a €100m+ programme to achieve a major step change in its global information capabilities. The programme was one of the company's top strategic initiatives, not just for IT but for the business worldwide. With such a lot at stake, our client engaged us to provide programme delivery expertise and to help them run a rigorous supplier selection and mobilisation process, appointing the organisations who would ultimately support them in creating a new fit for purpose infrastructure.

Fast moving consumer goods producer

In the fast-moving world of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), being in tune with consumer needs and aligning the online or in-store experience to those needs is essential to drive growth and profitability.

Xaar were growing fast and had made big commitments to ramping up that growth still further. They knew their current systems needed to be changed to support this growth and they were close to making a big ERP investment which could well have proved to be an expensive mistake. We were called in to review this decision and quickly set them on the right course to creating a firm foundation for continued growth.

Our client – a global supply chain logistics company – works with many well-known consumer goods brands, making them an attractive target for potential cyber criminals. In the wake of several well-publicised major supply chain cyber-attacks on other companies, the executive leadership team and board recognised they faced a significant risk – which could result in substantial damage to financial performance, business continuity and reputation.

Our client was a global consumer goods company mobilising a €100m+ programme to achieve a major step change in its global information capabilities. The programme was one of the company's top strategic initiatives, not just for IT but for the business worldwide. With such a lot at stake, our client engaged us to provide programme delivery expertise and to help them run a rigorous supplier selection and mobilisation process, appointing the organisations who would ultimately support them in creating a new fit for purpose infrastructure.

In the fast-moving world of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), being in tune with consumer needs and aligning the online or in-store experience to those needs is essential to drive growth and profitability.