Global automotive supplier automates 80% of monthly, manual journal entries

32,000

Automated monthly journal entries

Accelerated

Financial closing

Reduced

Manual effort for controllers'

Company Overview

A top ten global automotive parts supplier, Faurecia technology is found in 1 in 3 vehicles worldwide. Faurecia is focused on shaping the next generation of mobility and creating personalized experiences for the cockpit of the future. Its business groups include Faurecia Seating, Faurecia Interiors, Interior Modules, Faurecia Clarion Electronics, and Faurecia Clean Mobility.

Business Challenge

Faurecia wanted to boost efficiency, drive down costs, strengthen internal controls and compliance, while eliminating internal business silos by automating manual tasks and achieving end-to-end process automation.

To help achieve those goals, the company implemented an integrated ERP system. They reduced the number of IT shared services from 25 to five regional platforms. They also launched a new Global Business Shared Services (GBS) organization to transform and automate its administrative processes, including finance, purchase administration, sales administration, and HR payroll.

Globally, more than 1,100 GBS professionals manage the four key end-to-end processes:
procure to pay, order to cash, record to report, and hire to retire.

As an early area of focus, Faurecia wanted to simplify and automate its complex 20-step manual journal entries. The various manual journal entry actions included validation rules with SAP, workflows, final posting, archiving and audit trails.

Solution

Faurecia selected Redwood Business Process Automation to transform GBS across its high-volume businesses worldwide.

Redwood had the expertise and experience required to support and manage a rapid rollout, as well as standardize and automate structured back-office processes involving SAP ERP and other key enterprise applications globally.

Redwood immediately targeted the complex, 20-step manual journal entry process because it had such an impact on the time required to complete the financial close.

The single centralized Redwood platform is our ERP’s best friend because it gives us greater control over our business, speeds up our processes and improves our productivity. As a company that builds all kinds of equipment for carmakers and their cars, process optimization is part of our DNA.” Christophe MacGarry, Global Finance Transformation Director, Faurecia

Results

In less than six months, Redwood Professional Services configured, implemented, and integrated Redwood Business Process Automation to meet Faurecia’s specific requirements. Faurecia then onboarded 1,300 end users from its GBS and controlling teams.

With Redwood, Faurecia standardized, simplified and automated 32,000 or 80% of the global monthly journal entries that employees used to handle manually.
As intended, Faurecia and Redwood leveraged the automation to eliminate silos between functions, regions, and countries.

Thanks to Redwood, Faurecia continues to eliminate countless non-value-added tasks and ensured employees get involved only when review and approval are required.

Faurecia automated its intercompany reconciliation and balance sheet review process, and is continuing to automate its record to report, procure to pay and order to cash processes.

Redwood reconciles the balances and transactions, with accruals for exceptions raised and posted automatically. For key ICO service charges, Faurecia eliminated reconciliation by incorporating intercompany agreement, which then automatically generates and posts the opposite charges directly into the counterparty’s books.

While accelerating the financial close and reducing controllers’ workloads, Redwood has also provided a comprehensive, straightforward audit trail.

Process standardization is at the cornerstone of efficiency and quality. We knew our back-office processes involving SAP ERP and other key enterprise applications would benefit from true standardization and end-to-end automation. Redwood is a robust, high-performance, secure, stable and scalable platform for end-to-end process automation.” Christophe MacGarry, Global Finance Transformation Director, Faurecia

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