The 19th London FP&A Board took place on March 15th 2018 and was debating about Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB). One of the key questions was if companies see a new Era for ZBB. We are looking back to a successful meeting with a great audience.
Key insights from the meeting:
- Around 50% of participants have used or implemented ZBB in their organization. The overall feedback was that the biggest advantage of ZBB is to challenge the status quo, get more insights and reduce cost. The time to implement and the administrative workload is the biggest disadvantage.
- 60% of the attendees said that they would run ZBB every 2-3 years, while 38% preferred it annually.
- 70% of the attendees prefer to use ZBB for specific line items (PL & BS) instead of rolling it out for all.
- Almost 100% agreed that ZBB can be perfectly combined with other best-practice methodologies such as Top Down or Driver-based Planning.
Two very interesting case studies were presented. William Howell (Head of FP&A at Honda UK manufacturing) gave insights on his experience to “Link ZBB and Driver-Based Planning” and Tom Vanoverschelde (Operations Director Finance & Accounting at Capita, formerly responsible for ZBB at Kraft Heinz) talked about his experience at Kraft Heinz and the way how ZBB came part of their DNA.
During the working group sessions attendees discussed and presented the key steps to implement ZBB successfully. The conclusion was that ZBB is a perfect methodology to streamline the organization but due to the workload attendees prefer not to use it every year.
Following overview is a roadmap and illustrates a way how companies can implement ZBB.
The event was hosted and sponsored by the global FP&A Trends partners Apliqo and Michael Page.
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