Supply Chain Synergy for Network

Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure, including 20,000 miles of track, 9,000 level crossings, 750 tunnels, 2,500 stations, 1,000 signal boxes and 40,000 viaducts and bridges. Three million customers a day depend on Network Rail to deliver its vision of a safe, reliable and efficient railway, fit for the 21st century.

External suppliers play a key role in achieving this vision and Network Rail aims to realise best value by operating world class procurement practices. Network Rail sought our help to deliver integrated systems and processes, the management of its materials supply chains, to provide the right materials at the right time and right price, and to minimise any disruption to the smooth running of the railway.

The challenge

Network Rail was operating a wide range of systems and processes across its materials supply chains, with limited co-ordination These covered product management, inventory planning, purchasing, transportation, goods receipting, stock control and paying suppliers. There were separate systems for heavy materials (such as railway sleepers and aggregates) and all other “non-heavy” materials. Some locations used separate spreadsheets and databases that were not linked to any central system and local systems and processes were not always fully documented.

Our answer

We provided overall project management and a team of consultants which held the necessary mix of skills in Oracle solutions, supply chains and business experience. The consultants worked closely with counterparts in Network Rail, making the project a shared venture at all stages.

A success story

Project Synergy illustrates ‘client intimacy’ in practice. Mike continues, “We spent time visiting locations across the country, getting to know key people and developing a thorough knowledge of Network Rail’s existing systems. The trust and understanding developed during these visits was invaluable in the later stages of the project, which enabled the integration of systems, people and processes across the whole company.”

Why work with us

Across the industry, distribution and transport sector, we are known for our technological know-how and delivery record. Companies upgrading legacy systems and those adding new functionality make us their first-choice systems integrator. In a sector where innovation and first mover advantage is key, we stand out as the partner of choice.