Founded in 1727 and headquartered in Edinburgh, the Royal Bank of Scotland, with a market value of 9.2 billion GBP is one of the world's leading financial services groups, owning Direct Line Insurance, Coutts bank, The Ulster bank and Citizens Financial Groups.
To maintain its status and improve ranking, RBS continually drives itself to enhance material management within the company and to extract greater value out of its human resources.
RBS works in a highly volatile and customer oriented soft system. Its manufacturing division is its primary means of transformation of resources into output. The Manufacturing Division of RBS dealing with routine banking functions like opening accounts, clearing cheques, and other paper works and is the engine room of the company, providing technology and high volume processing to the customer facing divisions. Due to the mechanistic nature of the production process and predictable output in high quantities, Manufacturing yields the best results with consummate employees possessing a limited set of skills. In case of managing office consumables the Pareto Analysis is used to prioritize and to minimize cost.
The Wealth Management Division is one of the seven customer facing divisions of RBS and offers specialized banking, investment options, securities brokerage, financial advisory services to wealthy clients (RBS acquired the control of Coutts Bank with the Natwest takeover) . Private banking is a highly specialized area and requires uniquely personal attention to meet the expectations of clients with specific needs. With one-of-a-kind, personalized service, the operating system in practice here belongs to the Job Shop category. The human resource base is proficient and able to view each situation in the light of its own requirements.
Manufacturing and Wealth Management are just two of a diverse range of functions that RBS as a financial group performs, each with its own standards to meet and capacity to maximize. Customer expectation of quality and standards enable capacity to be approximated and planned. Capacity planning is necessary to minimize cost and to maximize quality levels, reliability and flexibility.
Having estimated the needed capacity, RBS has on several occasions, applied quantitative theories of capacity management like Optimization and Forecasting. Optimization is a technique of meeting objectives subject to limitations of requisite or existing resources. RBS maximized the potential of its already existing staff by segmenting them in Manufacturing Division or in branches based on aptitude tests drawn on them. Also the potentiality of branch tellers has been optimized by turning the previously mechanistic nature of their job into a more open task.
Forecasting in the context of operations management in a bank mainly relates to labor efficiency and requirement, output, process efficiency and material utilization. Efficient forecasting is dependent on market research and expert advice. RBS was one of the earliest banks to anticipate the power of technology and its growing popularity, driving it to launch its online and telephone banking service,
RBS plans its capacity to execute total quality management which in turn fuels its continuous search for better resource strategy and system design.
"Putting customer needs first" is an often heard cliché, but RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin insists that the bank's success has been achieved by doing just that. RBS's customer oriented marketing strategy can indeed be credited for the bank's increasing popularity.
The technique used by RBS to understand the diverse nature of the market and to fulfill its needs has been market segmentation. Between 1992 and 1999 during what was called Project Columbus, RBS management segmented its customers into three streams- retail, commercial and corporate. The objective was to...