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Overview - Consulting Services

We offer a range of services to support clients in their drive to improve efficiency and thereby financial performance (profit improvement and return on assets/capital). Our consulting services can be summarised into four key focus areas:



Procurement Efficiency

Portland’s Procurement Efficiency services improve clients’ return on assets by:

  • Effective sourcing of goods and services and optimisation of the procure to pay process and systems
  • Developing category management and demand management capabilities for sustainable benefit delivery
  • Effective supplier relationship management and supplier development
  • Effective use of procurement outsourcing and global sourcing where applicable
  • Developing procurement organisational capabilities to drive performance

Typical benefit: 5–40% of purchased goods and services


Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply chain efficiency services improve return on assets by:

  • Improving the cost and efficiency of making, holding and transporting materials to distributors or end customers
  • Optimising supply chain planning processes including demand, supply (materials), distribution, inventory and S&OP
  • Maximising margin through ensuring the right product is available to sell to a customer at an appropriate price at a given point in time

Typical benefit: 3–30% of operations costs


Asset Efficiency

Portland’s Asset Efficiency services improve clients’ return on assets by:

  • Reducing the fixed assets required to manufacture and distribute products to meet the customer value proposition
  • Optimising inventory in the network to achieve the best combination of velocity, product availability and trade working capital

Typical benefit: 5-40% of asset related costs


Organisation Efficiency

Portland’s Organisation Efficiency services improve clients’ return on assets by:

  • Sustainably reducing the fixed costs required to deliver current business objectives
  • Identifying and transitioning services and production to more efficient outsource providers where appropriate
  • Applying business improvement and redesign principles to organisational processes to improve quantum and quality of output

Typical benefit: 10-80% of related costs