Operations Strategy

Operations Strategy

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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 5367-0907
Competitive Operations

Bringing process and strategy together

Running successful operations today means having a vision for tomorrow. Our experts are your guide to efficiency and effectiveness—your competitive advantage.

This is no time to rest on your laurels; today’s businesses need a clear plan for tomorrow. Now more than ever, creative strategies and forward-looking management are the keys to success, whether your goals are aligned to regional growth, global expansion, or both.

At Roland Berger, we’re experts at developing future-proof action plans. We help you take a broad view of your challenges and opportunities, both today and in the years to come. Our four pillar approach brings process and strategy together. Whatever we can do for you, the result will always be competitive operations.

Boost innovation

Financial volatility, new political environments, and the pressure to meet constantly evolving customer needs are just a few of the factors putting demands on today’s businesses. To move forward, innovation is key. What is your plan to integrate the right strategies and ensure that your organization, your products, and business models keep up—and keep their competitive edge?

Our teams are experts in creating tailor-made solutions that face disruptive realities head-on. This may impact your technology strategy or portfolio management. We help our clients make well-rounded decisions on modular or frugal products and advise global companies on optimal R&D-footprints as well as lead or lean engineering. Whether boosting your overall innovation strategy, or focusing on increased product value and time-to-market efficiency, we work with you to create a culture that fosters innovation at all levels of your organization, from your business model to process and people.

Drive excellence

Global purchasing, best cost country sourcing, E-2-E supply chain management, and manufacturing in the plant of the future have all become more complex than ever before—and not only in the context of Industry 4.0. This means that agility is the key to effective and competitive business in tomorrow's digital environment. How can you manage the new challenges of heavy workloads, high costs, and quality demands while raising the bar to achieve increased overall excellence in your operations?

At Roland Berger, our experts excel at client solutions like advanced impact sourcing, supplier risk management, as well as volatility management and the "lean" philosophy, just to mention a few. We bring years of experience to the table to offer purchasing and manufacturing solutions as well as best-practice strategies to keep your supply chain agile and your footprint competitive. Working with your organization, we develop customized approaches for ongoing change that will optimize the way you do business.

Increase value

Today’s uncertain markets mean that value is a critical factor in your organization’s decisions, and at every level of operations. You need strategies that work in the here-and-now, but that also take a wider view and offer flexibility for the future. To boost competitiveness, your company needs to find the right balance between the long-term and the short.

Our experts believe in a philosophy we call Continuous Improvement. If, on the other hand, you favor bolder decisions, we can help you transform your operating model while innovating your business model. Our experts are skilled at tailoring the value chain to meet your current and future business needs. This may entail maintenance excellence for some clients, or CapEx containment for others. With our experience developing and transferring best practices across industries, we can help you adapt to technological and structural changes and secure higher returns and accelerated cash rotation.

Build sustainability

Volatile, fast-paced business environments mean that optimizing for sustainability is part of tomorrow’s optimal performance equation. You want to integrate innovative, tried-and-tested practices to ensure that your internal structure is built to last. Yet, many companies are left with the same questions. What are the first steps? And, what role do customer and business partner services play?

At Roland Berger, we take a comprehensive approach to sustainability. Working with your organization, we address issues of competency and talent management to accelerate change where necessary. We can help you optimize lean support functions, improving overhead effectiveness and efficiency. Our strategies are designed to ride out periods of uncertainty. We also believe that service excellence is the key to long-term business partner and customer relationships, and we are innovators in the field. Our experts can assist your company in the implementation of value-adding practices that reduce risk and increase competitiveness, now and for the future.

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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 5367-0907
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Senior Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
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Senior Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
+49 711 3275-7221
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Senior Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Switzerland
Zurich Office, Central Europe
+41 79 7927374
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 5367-0983
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Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
+49 711 3275-7220
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic
Vienna Office, Central Europe
+43 1 53602-100
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Nordics
Gothenburg Office, Northern Europe
+46 31 7575-514
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Senior Partner
Milan Office, Southern Europe
+39 02 2950-1218
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Senior Partner
Chicago Office, North America
+1 312 662-5500
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Senior Partner, Member of Supervisory Board
Mumbai Office, South Asia
+91 22 3953-7501
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner USA
Boston Office, North America
+1 617 310-6600
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Southeast Asia
Singapore Office, Southeast Asia
+65 6597-4566
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Senior Partner
Zurich Office, Central Europe
+41 79 8088659
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Partner
Zurich Office, Central Europe
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Senior Partner
Zurich Office, Central Europe
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
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We develop future-proof action plans for our clients.

Portrait of Max Blanchet
Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 5367-0907