Standard Life  – Transforming Business Decision Support

Case Study


Standard Life UK established a Business Decision Support organisation (finance business partnering) a couple of years ago. It’s been successful at delivering a higher business performance, with an initial focus on managing costs.

Client Question

What’s the opportunity to make a step-change in the value we add to our business, with a focus on delivering our ambitious growth plans? And how should we go about it?

How we helped our client

  • Worked with the business leadership teams to identify the value-adding opportunities for Finance, through structured interviews and workshops
  • Prioritised the most valuable business decisions and strategic business opportunities with the business leadership teams
  • Identified gaps in skills and capabilities in Finance; and re-defined roles, skills and organisation to close the gaps
  • Identified improvement opportunities ranging from a new approach to driving business decision-making to re-prioritising how Finance spend their time
  • Developed a clear roadmap for transforming finance business partnering
  • Coached and trained the Finance teams to mobilise and implement the changes, and deliver the business value benefits.
In very quick order Arcus has taken us much further than I expected. They started with one business area and how to up-skill the team.
Arcus bring a lot of practical tools in their kitbag to help with managing change as well as helping us to focus on the most valuable priorities for business partnering.
Mark-HeskethMark Hesketh
Finance Director UK & Europe at Standard Life

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Adrian Willmott

Managing Director
Expert in Finance Business Partnering
30 years of international experience
Former Partner with KPMG Consulting

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