The consultants from POLARIXPARTNER are not afraid to break taboos in project situations that are frequently highly politicised. Besides excellent industry knowledge and technical expertise, I was impressed with several other competencies such as a strong focus on implementation, the ability to stay down-to-earth, and a highly personable approach to working together. Our expectations were fulfilled in every respect. Following the performance audit, I look forward to continuing strategic support in complex restructuring projects within my area of responsibility.

Arno Kalmbach // Volkswagen

Due to their integrative way of working and extensive experience, POLARIXPARTNER is our preferred partner for projects involving supply chain management and costs optimisation.

Franz Nigitz // Director Supply Chain Management & Quality // Magna E-Car Systems

To my way of seeing things, the POLARIXPARTNER consultants’ years of experience is a decisive argument in favour of entrusting them with challenges – e.g. complex projects in our development section. POLARIXPARTNER made an excellent job of defining and implementing our new software development organisation, taking us an important step further in our transformation of engineering.

VP Engineering // International Automotive Subsidiary

POLARIXPARTNER’s deep understanding of costs analysis, their transparent evaluation, and their ability to implement the savings identified, were significant factors in us keeping to our target costs.

Leiter Kostenmanagement OEM

The project with POLARIXPARTNER lead us to significant savings for current & future machines. The savings were not just identified; the team transferred the potentials into real, implemented savings.

VP Purchasing

BUSINESS CASES

Backend and frontend system for connectivity

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: German premium automotive manufacturer
  • Smart-Driving: vehicles are being increasingly networked with
    the environment.
  • Convenience: customers apply smartphone habits to vehicles.
  • Premium support: demand for competent service increases – especially
    in view of complexity for user.

OUR SOLUTION

  • Specifications for relevant systems and connectivity products, explaining
    the need to act
  • Comprehensive system, process, and information maps to illustrate
    dependencies between systems affected.
  • Decision-making template and recommendations for top-tier management.
  • Stakeholder management throughout the process.
Benchmarking & defining global sales processes

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: German premium automotive manufacturer
  • Drive for Excellence: Further developing global connectivity offerings
    for all relevant markets in order to sell mobile services
  • Benchmarking: Securing the global premium offering and showing where
    improvements can be made as against top competitors

OUR SOLUTION

  • Interface functions between sales, technical development and IT
  • Phase 1: Documenting inventories, analysing IT processes, bench-marking,
    concepts for optimising and re-orientating
  • Phase 2: Defining a worldwide sales processes
  • Phase 3: Preparing implementation of measures
  • Result: Completely transparent process: transmitting requirements to all
    departments involved
Target costing in the early concept phase

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: German commercial vehicle manufacturer
  • Difficult market environment: extremely long development cycles
    and low production runs in the commercial vehicles segment
  • Ultra-high transparency and cost checking: applies to all vehicle
    generations in the European market from the earliest phase onwards

OUR SOLUTION

  • Dividing the vehicle into single development packages; deriving target costs
    for each single component
  • Supervising and evaluating development concepts in terms of technology,
    quality, and costs; producing and analysing alternative concepts.
  • Result: Detailed evaluation and creation of transparent cost imaging as well as
    interdisciplinary cooperation; defining measures for cost reductions of 15-20%.
Strategic positioning in a central command unit

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: International technology conglomerate
  • Re-organising the manufacturing the central command unit
  • Need to define and formulate a new company ethos for the
    Manufacturing Guidance department
  • Positioning the area service portfolio within the newly-organised
    manufacturing central command unit
  • Drawing borders at services and orders already existent within the group

OUR SOLUTION

  • Producing a portfolio of ideas, including all relevant stakeholders
  • Clustering, evaluating, and creating scenarios for how the company ethos
    and range of services could look in terms of strategy, process, technology,
    people, communication, know-how, and transparency
  • Developing a template for making decisions and offering concrete
    recommendations
  • Producing a decision-making template and offering concrete suggestions
  • Certifying actual value added in local production locations
Auditing & supporting the implementation of a digital business strategy

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: German multi-brand OEM
  • Digital strategy concept deviates drastically in terms of
    implementation from the original schedule and scope
  • Car-configurator application as the core product of the digital strategy
    is not ready to be rolled out; management board suspends project
  • Technical complexity means the product cannot be supported or operated
  • No openness to alternatives; trench warfare between IT and the
    department concerned.

OUR SOLUTION

  • Independent, critical analysis of actual project status
  • Showing a way forwards in order to bring the project back on course
  • Strategic project re-set to prevent mid-eight-figure investments
    being written off
  • Continued support and securing project implementation
  • Putting in place a cross-project governance structure to build up trust
    between departments, IT & controlling
Defining and introducing a central software development organisation

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: leading supplier in commercial vehicles
  • Decentralised development organisation: considerable efficiency
    and productivity drawbacks
  • Planned reorganisation programme: reorientation of entire engineering
    division – all software engineering activities for electronic control devices
    to be brought under one roof

OUR SOLUTION

  • Defining the core principles of the new organisation
  • Evaluating organisational and process-specific problem areas;
    formulating solutions
  • Redefining international team structures for 220 software engineers,
    including communications planning
  • Up-to-date standards for embedded software engineering; more
    flexibility with use of resources and increase in productivity
Auditing an international CRM project

THE CHALLENGE

  • Client: German multi-brand OEM
  • Vertical CRM integration from the OEM through the importer into
    the dealerships.
  • Standardising the CRM process landscape across group brands using a central
    template approach.
  • International roll-out in more than 20 countries.
  • Project listing heavily with critical deviations from the goals and a lack of
    convincing alternatives.

OUR SOLUTION

  • Independent external appraisal of the decisions taken, the project status,
    and a suggestion for adapting planning
  • Reviewing & challenging the business case & roll-out planning
  • Strategic examination of the one-template-fits-all approach
  • Coaching as the internal organisation and external supplier models are reset
  • Concept on how to transform the project from a self-referential developmental
    pattern through to a market-orientated, industry roll-out process

CLIENTS

  • Audi
  • Bertrandt
  • BMW
  • Brodbeck
  • Daimler
  • Doosan
  • ERICSSON
  • ETO Group
  • Ferrari
  • Festo
  • HBPO
  • HEXAL
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • ISE Automotive
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Jungheinrich
  • Knorr-Bremse
  • Liebherr
  • MAGNA
  • MAN
  • MIBA
  • Nordex
  • Nissan
  • Opel
  • Osram
  • Peiseler
  • Rolls-Royce
  • RWE
  • Sanofi
  • Samsung
  • Seidel
  • Siemens
  • Spearhead
  • Storz
  • TRW
  • Voith Turbo
  • Volkswagen
  • WABCO
  • Webasto