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Introduction and challenges

Design to cost/value always honours its “contract”: from 15 to more than 30% guaranteed savings on the scope of action with an unequalled ROI and rarely in more than a few months.

When cost optimisations have been successfully carried out, design to cost/value provides an answer to managers who need to think outside the box to go even further. This is a pragmatic approach that mobilises the entire company’s ecosystem.

Extended collaboration throughout the value chain, from suppliers to customers and users, is based on a collective approach in which all the company’s functions interact together in a coordinated way to achieve the objectives set by general management: cost reduction, cycle reduction, new offers etc.

The implementation of such projects therefore requires a proven method and tools. Our know-how in multi-functional group facilitation as well as the technical knowledge of our teams, with in-depth engineering expertise, allows us to understand the technical challenges faced by our customers.

How we can help

  • Designing the framework of the design to cost approach by analysing product and offer portfolios, cost structures and organisational maturity to determine the projects with “outstanding” challenges
  • The implementation of multifunctional working groups focused on seeking opportunities both internally and with external partners, customers and suppliers. We apply value analysis and functional analysis for the products and services concerned. We identify cost drivers and optimise development logic, industrial processes, supply chain and sourcing strategies to optimise the total cost over the product life cycle
  • Alignment of teams with the “breakthrough” objectives, as well as with the decision to implement the opportunities identified by the working groups, by assessing the technical and economic risk taking
  • Coaching of operational teams to successfully implement action plans and facilitate ownership of the approach through skills transfer