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ALSTOM, formerly AREVA, the world energy expert, offers its customers technological solutions for highly reliable electricity transmission and distribution. The Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Division supplies products, systems and services dedicated to electricity transmission and distribution from the power plant to the final user. The division's customers are electric utilities as well as the oil, mining and metals, wind energy, paper and glass, transportation and power engineering industries.

The Brief
Areva/Alstom Power Electronics Systems (PES) is rapidly growing, increasing its portfolio of client projects at a fast pace and undertaking substantial internal R&D projects to grow its future market position. Internal management processes and systems, especially in the area of Project and Programme Management, had not kept pace with the changes in the organisation and the need to move from a ‘single project’ to a ‘multi-programme’ environment. In addition, the problems with internal processes combined with the rapid growth of the company had created specific issues across a number of areas and projects which required urgent business troubleshooting.

The Approach
The Applied Business Minds team combined a range of consultancy solutions with hands-on management in order to address the detailed and wide-ranging client requirements:

  • business troubleshooting and project recovery
  • process analysis, development and implementation
  • organisation and cultural analysis
  • changemanagement and strategy definition
  • project and programmemanagement
  • executivemanagement of Board-level functions
  • staff coaching andmentoring
  • interimstaffing solutions

The Results
The Applied Business Minds team worked with Areva/Alstom to deliver the following results:

  • troubleshooting a substantial project in Canada, bringing the project back on track, managing sub-contractors and overseeing the successful recovery ofmore than $2m in fire damage insurance
  • recovering a £100M project in Korea, improving stakeholdermanagement and communications with the customer and worldwide internal project teams
  • defining and kicking off a £300M project in Brazil, ensuring local resources were recruited to deliver the customer requirements throughout the project lifecycle
  • authoring and presenting a detailed technical and commercial business case for a critical major R&D project and securing 10M Euros funding
  • implementing robust yet highly tailored projectmanagement practices in the R&D group and projectmanaging substantial R&D projects
  • undertaking a company-wide gap analysis of projectmanagement practices, tools and culture, presenting findings to the Board and winning approval for a wide-ranging
  • change programme to put in place processes tomanagemultiple projects
  • working integrally with the Company Board,managed the detailed implementation of the change programme acrossmultiple Engineering, Sourcing, Quality and

Operations Groups
Changing the culture within the organisation and leading by example with hands-on management of many specific areas the Applied Business Minds team integrated with the client organisation and interim managed many areas including:

  • Change Director (Board Position)
  • Controls Group Director (50 Engineering Staff, Board Position)
  • Project Director (UK, Brazil, Korea & Canada)
  • Sourcing & Procurement Project Manager
  • Engineering Project Manager
  • R&D Project Manager

If you would like to discuss how our team can work with your organisation, we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements in a free, no-obligation meeting.

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