Chris Wise

Sector Champion

Professional Services

Director, North

Experience & background

Chris leads our working capital practice across the North. He specialises in leading and delivering performance improvement programmes for his clients. He has in excess of 14 years of turnaround, performance improvement and value creation experience. Chris has helped his clients across many sectors including industrial manufacturing, professional services, business services, retail and chemicals.

Highlights of performance improvement experience:

Project Ellen – led the inventory optimisation programme for a fashion retailer. Chris led the detailed transaction level analysis to identify 50% overstocking and the levers to implement to release significant cash to fund the turnaround of the business.

Project Steel – spent 6 months working with a major global steel producer on optimising their accounts payable (working capital). This focussed on levers to implement across the globe to ensure a structured and standardised process. In excess of $350 million cash released.

Project Berkhamsted – spent 4 months at this UK food manufacturer, focusing on identifying short term cash initiatives to improve the cash flow position for a bond payment. Chris then established structural levers to ensure better management of working capital especially around accounts payable.

Project Pond – spent 6 months at a global chemicals company. Chris led the accounts receivable work stream through the detailed planning phase, holding interviews with key stakeholders involved in the process of collections and providing a plan for extensive improvements to help with overdue collections.

Project Charger – led the cash flow review of a FTSE 100 listed consumer retail business, reviewing the basis of preparation for the 13-week cash flow forecast and assessing it against best practice. Chris identified both process and performance improvements and provided detailed recommendations and a roadmap to deliver the benefits.

Education and Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University | ICAEW - Chartered Accountan