Integration of Electrical Acquisition

eu13Objective

An Australian-based multi-national required the ERP implementation and re-structure of a $140m Electrical contracting and service business recently acquired. The re-structure included establishing a centralised back office for Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Payables. There was a need to minimise manual and spread sheet based systems, as well as to introduce Inventory control processes

Issues

  • Prior to acquisition, four distinct legal entities operated four disconnected Accounting systems. After purchase restructure, one legal entity operated four legacy systems.
  • Re-structure involved moving Admin functions from branches to Head Office Shared Services
  • A failed ERP implementation twelve months prior created a global fear of further change
  • Complex electrical Enterprise Bargaining Agreements existed across three Australian states
  • Minimal stock control was in place for a stock-hungry business

Achievements

  • ERP cutover also delivered the process integration of the four differing business locations, within three months and within budget project delivery
  • After complex internal politics were resolved, Shared Services operated successfully for Payroll, Accounts Payable and Cash Management from Head Office.
  • Efficient and effective change management programme accommodated employee role changes and process improvements
  • Worked with Payroll staff to ensure all EBA requirements were successfully covered
  • Full stock control was implemented after a “hunt and gather” stocktake identified all items
  • Improved Project manager understanding of operational margin management