Enhance treasury operational excellence by focusing on core treasury functionalities - cash visibility, cash management, and forecasting.
According to a Citi bank survey, 63% of respondents admitted to having their priorities set on looking for transformative opportunities for their organization. Out of which, 87% wanted to optimize their treasury process.
These results suggest that many organizations are at a point where they need optimized treasury processes to attain best-in-class performance in productivity, quality, and delivery of services. The inefficiency of the current processes marks this paradigm shift. However, achieving treasury operational excellence will not happen overnight and requires changes at a granular level.
This eBook will help you understand how best-in-class organizations achieve operational excellence in treasury by:
To achieve treasury operational excellence, optimize the six treasury functional areas with a proper strategy to improve current processes by leveraging available treasury technologies to achieve treasury operational excellence.
Organizations need the leading edge in an increasingly competitive business environment. Cash management will help the organization to improve operational efficiency, working capital, global visibility, budget tracking, cash positioning, and effective decision making.
Technology can streamline the process to optimize cash management, but before that, it is essential to have the right processes in place.
Here are some best practices to optimize the cash management:
Cash Forecasting is a critical process that should be at the center of every well-structured treasury, yet it is the most challenging task. Working with spreadsheets is error-prone and time-consuming. Also, the unpredictability of A/R and A/P due to different payment terms, business cycles, seasonal demand, etc., makes forecasting difficult.
Leveraging the best tools, models, and new aged KPIs & metrics with the right technology set will provide optimized cash forecasting results. Follow the steps given below:
For example, organizations with debt will find value in creating a cash forecast tailored to longer-term debt repayment, and they may not need to build a forecast that supports short-term liquidity planning unless they’re also tight on cash. There is a different granularity as you can appreciate depending on your purpose.
Direct forecasting provides the most remarkable accuracy. However, it’s often unreliable for reporting periods longer than 90 days because actual cash flow data isn’t always available beyond that window.
Maintaining bank relationships has become more crucial post-COVID-19 due to the unpredictable market and cash crunches. A healthy connection between the treasurer and the bank can assist the financial stability and resilience of the organization. For treasurers, banks are crucial partners. Thus, both parties must be proactive in nurturing their relationship.
Essential factors to take into account when managing bank relationships:
Regarding bank connectivity, APIs can provide a more secure link between enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, treasury management systems (TMS), and bank portals. By leveraging bank APIs, organizations can achieve the following benefits:
Hence more information a bank has about the organization, the better. An annual audit of business plans, financial records, and tax filings can give banks the information they need to offer advice and services to help achieve the objectives. Strong banking relationships can provide many benefits:
It’s highly imperative to optimize liquidity effectively in today’s economic environment. It has vitality in a company’s growth, from maximizing returns to maintaining the flexibility to execute capital expenditures when the time is right.
However, firms are tackling several difficulties while managing liquidity that spawns across operations, processes, data gathering & reporting.
Here are some best practices for optimizing liquidity management
Due to the risks and sensitivity surrounding the cash movements in a treasury, having proper operational protocols is a must to prevent the firm from losing money & reputation. A set of controls such as standard instructions, frequent reconciliations, and segregated roles and responsibilities should be the ideal choice.
It is essential to have a robust treasury policy and controls defined for the treasury department. Here are some of the best practices:
Treasury risk management involves limiting liquidity risks and working with the cash and liquidity management division to ensure the business consistently has enough cash to meet its financial obligations.
1. Identify the risks
It involves identifying and classifying an organization’s treasury risk exposures and sources. It is also essential to capture emerging risks which are potential risks that the organization may face in the future.
2. Assess the risks
Treasurers must assess the likelihood of each risk occurring and its potential impact on the organization.
3. Evaluate the risks
Risk evaluation requires the organization’s appetite for that risk to be considered and compared with the current and potential risk exposure.
4. Respond to the risks
After evaluating the risks, the treasury should develop a plan of action. The reaction to a treasury risk includes the following options:
5. Report the risks
This phase helps to ensure that risks are being managed as agreed, i.e., that methods and processes are being correctly applied and carried out and checking that the responses have the desired effect. Risks must be reported and reassessed regularly to ensure risk exposures are within the organization’s risk appetite and that internal controls are operating correctly.
A TMS assists in regularly monitoring the cash inflows and outflows. Automatic reconciliation to find inconsistencies or fraud in transactions or payments helps the treasury manage risks. This aids in maximizing the use of funds and avoiding unnecessary debt. Also, treasurers can recommend better financial plans and investment portfolios for their firms.
Benefits for treasurers using cash management software:
To achieve treasury operational excellence, treasury departments need to review a more comprehensive set of processes to achieve optimization. However, when seeking process reengineering, review and map existing processes so they can be redesigned — optimizing processes before automation will ensure maximized efficiency.
Additionally, optimized processes will be more flexible in the future. Improving treasury operational processes allows the treasury to make better decisions and effectively improves visibility over cash positions so that the treasury can optimize funding and investment decisions. It will enable the treasury to sustain itself through changing market dynamics during turbulent times.
The HighRadius™ Treasury Management Applications consist of AI-powered Cash Forecasting Cloud and Cash Management Cloud designed to support treasury teams from companies of all sizes and industries. Delivered as SaaS, our solutions seamlessly integrate with multiple systems including ERPs, TMS, accounting systems, and banks using sFTP or API. They help treasuries around the world achieve end-to-end automation in their forecasting and cash management processes to deliver accurate and insightful results with lesser manual effort.