Total cost to perform the process "manage sales orders" per process FTE

This measure calculates the total cost to perform the process "manage sales orders" per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee working on the process. The "manage sales orders" process encompasses many operations, including inquiries, quotes, order entry, maintenance, order fulfillment, delivery, installation, and accounting. The measure requires calculating all costs generated by full-time equivalent employees, allocating only the portion of the employee's time that relates to the process. It is part of a set of Cost Effectiveness measures that help companies understand all cost expenditures related to the process "manage sales orders."

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Measure Category:
Cost Effectiveness
Measure Id:
103656
Total Sample Size:
1,077 All Companies
Performers:
25th
Median
75th

Compute this Measure

Units for this measure are dollars. Lower values are better.

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Total cost to perform the process "manage sales orders" / Number of FTEs who perform the process "manage sales orders"

Key Terms

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Process Cost Components

Total cost for a process, process group, or function consists of the following five components.

Internal/In-house operating cost consists of the first four components (personnel, systems, overhead, and other).

Personnel Cost

Personnel cost is the cost associated with personnel compensation and fringe benefits of employees (i.e., those classified as FTEs which includes both full-time and salaried/hourly employees) contributing to each respective process. Personnel cost should include all of the following costs.

Employee Compensation: Includes salaries and wages, bonuses, overtime and benefits.

Fringe: Includes contributions made towards the employees' government retirement fund, workers compensation, insurance plans, savings plans, pension funds/retirement plans, and stock purchase plans. This should also include special allowances, such as relocation expenses and car allowances.

Systems Cost

Systems costs include all expenses, paid or incurred, in conjunction with:
Computer hardware or computer software acquired by the organization or provided to the organization through service contracts.

Any related costs to process, service and maintain computer hardware or computer software. The costs of providing and maintaining services for each applicable process (e.g., computer system(s) processing (CPU) time, network/system communication charges, maintenance costs for applications and data storage). This includes the costs related to LANs, WANs, etc. This does not include one-time costs for major new systems developments/replacements. Consultant fees should not be included in depreciation of new system implementations. Include only those costs that occur more than six (6) months after implementation, as normal system maintenance costs. Any systems cost (e.g., maintenance) which is outsourced to a third party supplier should be captured in the separate cost category labeled outsourced cost.

Systems cost should include all salaries, overtime, employee benefits, bonuses or fees paid to full-time, part-time or temporary employees or independent contractors who perform services relating to computer hardware, computer software, processing or systems support.

Overhead Costs

For the purpose of this study, provide the total actual overhead costs for the year related to the specified process. These are costs that cannot be identified as a direct cost of providing a product or a service. Include the primary allocated costs such as occupancy, facilities, utilities, maintenance costs, and other major costs allocated to the consuming departments. Exclude systems costs that are allocated, since these will be captured separately as systems cost.

Other Cost

Other costs are costs associated with the specified process, but not specifically covered in personnel cost, systems cost, overhead cost and outsourced cost in this questionnaire. These other costs include costs for supplies and office equipment, travel, training and seminars. Include the cost of telephones, except for that portion captured in systems cost.

External/Outsourced Cost

In determining outsourced cost, include the total cost of outsourcing all aspects of the specified process to a third-party supplier. Exclude one-time charges for any type of restructuring or reorganization. Outsourced costs should also include costs for intracompany outsourcing (i.e., reliance on a shared services center or other business entity).

FTE - (full-time equivalent employee)

To calculate the number of full-time equivalents employed during the year for each respective process or activity, you must prorate the number of employees and the hours spent performing each process/activity. Assume that a full-time worker represents 40 hours per week. Provide the average number of full-time equivalents employed during the year for each respective process. Include full-time employees, part-time employees, and temporary workers hired during peak demand periods. Allocate only the portion of the employee's time that relates to or supports the activities identified for an applicable process. Prorate management and secretarial time by estimating the level of effort in support of each activity, by process.

For example, a part-time secretary in the finance department for XYZ, Inc. charges all of his time to finance department activities. He works 20 hours per week. The secretary splits his time evenly supporting employees working in the general accounting process and the financial reporting process. Thus, his time should be allocated by process. So, if he works throughout the year and supports these two processes, his time would be split evenly as:

20hrs/40hrs = .5FTE * 50% for general accounting = .25FTE for general accounting

20hrs/40hrs = .5FTE * 50% for financial reporting = .25FTE for financial reporting

Cost Effectiveness

Cost effectiveness measures are those in which two related variables, one of which is the cost and one of which is the related outcome related to the expenditure are used to determine a particular metric value.

Median

The metric value which represents the 50th percentile of a peer group. This could also be communicated as the metric value where half of the peer group sample shows lower performance than the expressed metric value or half of the peer group sample shows higher performance than the expressed metric value.

Measure Scope

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Cross Industry (7.2.1)

  • 3.5.4.1 - Accept and validate sales orders (10194) - Receiving and confirming orders from customers. Verify that no extra expenses have to be disbursed on part of the organization for labor or inventory when processing the order.
  • 3.5.4.2 - Collect and maintain account information (10195) - Collecting and maintaining all account information. Collect information about the purchase, servicing, return, and/or commitment of any products/services on part of the organization to its customers. Bring together information from various organizational divisions, and update periodically.
    • 3.5.4.2.1 - Administer key account details (10201) - Managing essential information of customer accounts.
    • 3.5.4.2.2 - Retrieve full customer details (10202) - Obtaining detailed information about customers.
    • 3.5.4.2.3 - Modify involved party details (10203) - Altering information about involved parties.
    • 3.5.4.2.4 - Record address details (10204) - Documenting address information.
    • 3.5.4.2.5 - Record contact details (10205) - Documenting contact information.
    • 3.5.4.2.6 - Record key customer communication profile details (10206) - Providing information about important business rules regarding communicating with customers.
    • 3.5.4.2.7 - Review involved party information (10207) - Revising information about involved parties.
    • 3.5.4.2.8 - Terminate involved party information (10208) - Dismissing information about involved parties.
  • 3.5.4.3 - Determine availability (10196) - Ascertaining the volume or scale of products/services to provide to customers to fulfill sales orders. Check the finished products stored in warehouses, the production capacity, and (in the case of services) the processing speed, as well as work force availability.
  • 3.5.4.4 - Determine fulfillment process (10197) - Devising a blueprint for order fulfillment. Create a schematic flow encompassing all activities to deliver orders to the customers. Outline a procedure for satisfying these orders by answering questions about what needs to happen in sequence to realize an order.
  • 3.5.4.5 - Enter orders into system (10198) - Analyzing all data relating to sales orders by entering it into a centralized repository, and using the insights generated to create opportunities for cross-/up-selling. Maintain up-to-date records of sales, along with current status. Include all sales activity with relevant information about the associated customers, and identify patterns in the data. Glean insights from these patterns to persuade customers to purchase additional offerings or upgrade purchased products/services.
  • 3.5.4.6 - Identify/perform cross-sell/up-sell activity (17404) - Utilizing customer inquiries as opportunities to either provide a comparable service to the one in question, offer additional complimentary service, or suggest a service that is better than what was initially offered.
  • 3.5.4.7 - Process back orders and updates (10199) - Processing any unfulfilled orders, and updating the status of any orders that have been accepted and are being attended to. Deliver on any purchase orders that remain unserviced due to temporary unavailability of the product/service. Manage any updates to the sales orders. Revise their status in the order system.
  • 3.5.4.8 - Handle sales order inquiries including post-order fulfillment transactions (10200) - Attending to any queries received from the customers, even after a sales order has been serviced. Deploy ad hoc personnel for managing these enquiries.