To arm itself for regional expansion, Terumo collaborated with PwC and SAP Concur to streamline its travel and expense process to increase productivity and administrative efficiency, enhance compliance and controls, and improve its overall employee experience.
Client: Terumo Asia Holdings Pte Ltd
Industry: Medical technology
Powered by: SAP Concur - Travel and expense management software
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Terumo is a global leader in the medical technology industry and has been committed to “Contributing to Society through Healthcare”. Terumo envisions the Asian region to become increasingly “borderless” in the future, by embracing the technology and embarking on a digital transformation journey. As a stepping stone, Terumo Asia Holdings – the Asia Pacific regional headquarters – decided to digitise and integrate its travel and expense policies, processes and system across all Terumo Asia Pacific companies in the ASEAN Region. Their key objectives were to attain harmonised regional processes, increase efficiency and compliance, enhance user experience, drive automation and harness real-time visibility and data to make informed decisions.
“Terumo's expansion is underpinned by the 'gemba' philosophy and is driven by four key imperatives: growth, efficiency, talent and culture. By creating an enterprise-wide shift to streamline and standardise internal processes and controls - while increasing engagement and bringing meaningful insights to empower decision making - this puts us in the right place for sustainable growth.”
Terumo Asia lacked real-time access to consolidated regional data and analytics of its travel and expenses across its Singapore-based regional headquarters and 8 entities located in Asia Pacific. Terumo associates used a manual process to claim their travel and expenses, supported by disparate policies, fragmented local and customised expense management systems that were not integrated to their finance system. Terumo associates’ experience was poor, requiring paper handling and out-of-the systems approvals. In addition, the lack of visibility around fraud and policy compliance increased risks.
PwC South East Asia Consulting worked closely with Terumo to implement SAP Concur and achieve a holistic integrated implementation approach to align travel and expense policies, processes and systems. All Terumo HR and Finance stakeholders worked together to create an enterprise-wide shift to streamline business processes and spend categories that would be scalable across regions. Guided by PwC proven methodologies, hands-on training sessions and leveraging best-in-class standards, Terumo was successful in rolling out SAP Concur within a short six-month timeline, with the necessary room for local regulatory requirements or ways of business. The solutions are simple for Terumo associates to navigate, easy to maintain over time as the organisation expands, and provides visibility to leadership on spend management for cost optimisation.
"Terumo's mission is contributing to society through healthcare. The digitalisation of Terumo's regional offices to a single platform on SAP Concur is imperative to driving change and achieving economies of scale, transparency and maximum efficiency. To achieve sustainable growth across ASEAN, Terumo recognised the need to be agile and to embrace an enterprising mindset through digital transformation. At PwC, we are honored to work with clients like Terumo and SAP who echo our purpose to build trust in society and to solve important and complex problems.”
Partner, Workforce Transformation, South East Asia Consulting, PwC Singapore
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Director, South East Asia Consulting, PwC Singapore
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