Business Improvement Programme – Geomarine

15/04/2019

Geomarine are the largest civil engineering contractor in the Channel Islands.  Along with traditional civil engineering disciplines such as deep drainage, retaining structures, concrete works and utilities, they also have capability in slope stabilisation, piling, ground-investigation and marine, including commercial diving.

Business Improvement Project

Phil Horsley (MD) and Anna MacKinnon (Accounts) participated in the Business Improvement Programme taking this opportunity to focus on the Purchase Order process.   As the company has grown, this process has become more complex and inefficient, however, there has been the perception that it is fairly straightforward.

As Phil and Anna mapped out the current process, it became visually apparent that there was a lot more activity than previously thought.  This led to Phil, as MD, drilling down deeper and spending time with administrative staff to actually see the problems as they arose – this was a real eye-opener for Phil.  All the variables and inefficiencies were listed, data was collected at various measure points and check sheets and actions plans were introduced as they went through a PDCA problem solving cycle.

With full staff involvement they created a new process which was implemented within a very short period of time and Phil demonstrated clear leadership by owning the project and insisting that all technical staff follow the new simplified system.

Project benefits:

  • Saving in administration resource of 960 hours per annum (equating to £32,000 when all associated costs are taken into account)
  • Motivation of administration staff who now feel that they are being listened to and allowed to contribute to change
  • Development of staff in applying simple Lean tools to the workplace
  • A new simple system laying the foundation for ongoing Continuous Improvement

Team quote / experience:

The success of the overall project is further demonstrated by the company investing in specific resource to focus purely on continuous improvement across the whole business.

Phil Horsley, Managing Director

THE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME IS A JERSEY BUSINESS MANAGED PROGRAMME, FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF JERSEY AND DELIVERED BY ACCELERATE.  THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS TO SUPPORT ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND PRODUCTIVITY GAINS THAT WILL CREATE MARKET COMPETITIVENESS AND A SOLID OPERATIONAL PLATFORM FOR FUTURE GROWTH.  IF YOU WHAT TO GET INVOLVED CONTACT US AT [email protected]