Over many years senior management in Finance could see a number of challenges and difficulties in managing financial data coming from 6 stand-alone business units with multiple legacy systems and processes that had little or no re-engineering investment over the years. And so over nineteen months ago they set out with a mission to “create an effective finance operating model to support all of Bord na Móna in achieving its strategic objectives.” Like any other change initiative, it has encountered challenges along the way. However, the team has remained steadfast in achieving its goal to ensure that Bord na Móna has a finance model that will both sustain it through external market challenges and allow it to leverage the growth potential for Bord na Móna over the coming years.
The Financial Shared Services Centre (FSSC) project went live on 7th September 2015, marking a key milestone in the overall finance business transformation project in Bord na Móna. This means that all financial transaction processing for the Central Support Group and Power Generation businesses has now successfully transitioned over to the FSSC. This saw the culmination of 19 months of project work and is a hugely significant step which puts us firmly on track to bring all the other Bord na Móna businesses on board.
The FSSC are currently working towards a Business As Usual (BAU) status including processing all the invoices held over the cutover period, and processing the payments for all supplier invoices due under our prompt payments compliance, in addition to iExpense payments to employees.
In tandem with managing the operational day to day activity within the FSSC, the project focus has now shifted to Wave 2 and the rollout to Fuels which is scheduled to go-live at the end March 2016. The project has worked with the business unit SME’s over many months to agree and finalise the functional design documents so that the ‘build’ process can get underway.