Three Keys to Successful Finance Process Management at Cargill

Rachele Collins's picture

Business process management is a proven operating model to help organizations reduce variability, increase standardization, and improve process performance. APQC recently interviewed the Global Credit-to-Cash Process Owner at Minnesota-based Cargill Inc., a multinational food, agriculture, nutrition, and risk management company. Prompted by a major reorganization, the finance function at Cargill centralized its operations to leverage a process focus and redesigned its service model in terms of people, processes, data, and technology.

Stop Accepting Budget Rework--It Is Time to Fix a Broken Process

Steve Player's picture

APQC published its recent Metric of the Month examining the number of budget versions before final approval. It discusses ways organizations organize their budgeting practices to minimize the number of versions needed to get one that is finally ready to send forward for Board approval. When evaluating the key metrics for finance organizations, tracking the number of budget versions has always perplexed me.

5 Ways To Improve Accounts Receivable

Rachele Collins's picture

Accounts receivable (AR) is a core finance transactional process that lies at the heart of an organization’s liquidity and working capital management. APQC takes a process-based view in order to facilitate benchmarking and process improvement, and defines the AR process as all of the important activities to receive and apply cash from customers for goods and services, including establishing AR policies, receiving and depositing customer payments, applying cash remittances, preparing AR reports, and posting AR activity to the general ledger.

When Should You Write-off Rather Than Continue Trying to Collect

Steve Player's picture

CFO Magazine's July 2018 Metric of the Month: Uncollectible Balances, by APQC’s CFO Perry D. Wiggins discusses various collection practices associated with Top Performers under the metric of “Total Uncollectible Balances as a Percent of Revenue,” which is part of APQC’s Customer Credit and Invoicing Open Standards Benchmarking survey.

How to Develop Critical New Finance Competencies

Rachele Collins's picture

More and more, APQC is hearing talk of “the rise of the analytics competency” and the importance of finance professionals to develop knowledge, skills, and competencies not only in their operational finance areas (accounting, planning, auditing, internal controls, etc.), but also in analytics and data science.

The IRS has Mastered Accounts Receivable...and You Can Too!

Michael Sims's picture

Would you rather owe someone money or have someone owe you money? Maybe it’s just me, but I think both of these options are fairly uncomfortable. But, in the business world, owing and being owed money comes with the territory. And in no case is this truer than in that of the ultimate ower (and, much more often, owee) of money: the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

5 Ways To Consider Your Invoicing Beyond Just Cost

Steve Player's picture

My colleague, Perry D. Wiggins (CFO of APQC), recently has released the June 2018 Metric of the Month on CFO.com. It focuses on the “Cost to Invoice Customers” noting a range of $2.00 for top performers up to $9.00 for bottom performers with a mid-point of $3.94. This is quite a range when you consider the thousands and thousands of invoices sent each year by each company.

5 Collections Techniques to Keep Your Costs Down and Have A Customer Focus

Rachele Collins's picture

While no organization likes to admit that a certain percentage of their customer receivables may at some time become overdue, and some even become uncollectible, the reality is that it happens to most organizations. In fact, according to APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking (OSB) Database on Accounts Receivable and Collections, the percentage of active customers that are delinquent at any time during the year ranges from 12 percent (top performers) to 20 percent (bottom performers).

How Design Thinking Can Help Finance Professionals Achieve their 2018 Goals

Michael Sims's picture

At the beginning of the year we surveyed a group of 260 finance professionals from across industries and regions to find out what their priorities were for 2018. The results were at once simple and complex.  The top two finance function priorities for 2018 were:

Using May’s Metric of the Month – Days Sales Outstanding - to focus on value

Steve Player's picture

CFO Magazine’s May Metric of the Month column (authored by my colleague, Perry D. Wiggins) discusses Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) with an excellent analogy to scuba diving. I highly recommend that column as Perry provides many useful ideas you can immediately use to improve DSO.