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May 16, 2017
Missing production goals? Implement aggregate planning
By: Jodi Ader

As vice president of manufacturing within your company, you need to increase your capacity to support the newly implemented sales and operations planning (S&OP) process that has stressed your production scheduling and flexibility trying to meet demand. Over the last quarter, these issues have led to poor customer satisfaction, and you have lost some key customer accounts. In order to meet your business goals, you need to make some significant operational changes, so you decide to implement an aggregate planning strategy.

For a successful aggregate planning strategy, you need to analyze the factors affecting your plan, recognize the different strategies available, identify the costs and benefits involved, and determine how to optimize planning strategies. Specifically, as a senior leader trying to implement this new strategy, you are faced with many tough questions.

  • Do you have the ability to cater to the S&OP team’s requirements to achieve sales and profit objectives?

  • Do you currently have a planning strategy that enables your company to differentiate between the need to meet customer demands and achieve cost efficiencies?

  • How will you integrate key suppliers into the process and ensure that the collaboration is successful?

  • Do you have a strategy to satisfy all customers’ orders in a dynamic market in a cost-effective manner?

  • Do you have the technology to collaborate with supply chain partners to ensure a successful aggregate planning strategy?

  • Does your company have the latest strategies to compete in a dynamic global market?

Do you want to better analyze, develop and manage your company’s production schedule to support your company’s S&OP requirements and meet your company’s business and financial objectives? The Accenture Academy courses Factors Affecting the Aggregate Planning Process, Aggregate Planning Strategies, Aggregate Planning Costs and Benefits, and Optimizing Aggregate Planning Strategies will explore how to select, implement and measure an appropriate aggregate planning strategy. You need to address key considerations and come up with a viable execution model to ensure that your planning strategy complements your operations and production schedule, while ultimately contributing to higher profits and greater customer satisfaction.

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